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120 Post author: RomeoStevens 28 February 2014 06:28AM

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Comment author: RomeoStevens 27 February 2014 04:00:46PM 9 points [-]

No. If you are a vegetarian for moral reasons consider how your personal consumption impacts suffering on the margin and maybe consider at least drinking milk.

Comment author: jaibot 28 February 2014 01:56:59PM 2 points [-]

Is it that we don't know what makes fish so effective, or we do know and can't get it any other way?

Comment author: ephion 28 February 2014 03:34:31PM 3 points [-]

The main benefits of fish are high protein content and most of the fats are essential omega-3 fatty acids, including the protective EPA and DHA which are mostly unavailable in plant form. The omega-3 fatty acid ALA, which is available in many plans, only gets converted at a rate of 2-10%. If you wanted to get 2g/day of EPA+DHA, you'd need to consume 20-100g of ALA, or 37-186g of flaxseed oil.

Comment author: jaibot 28 February 2014 04:47:03PM 1 point [-]

What about algae oil?

I'm also looking at krill oil. My vegetarianism is approximately Peter-Singer-When-He-Still-Ate-Mussels (http://www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/warn/singer_fish.htm), and I'm pretty sure Krill are simple enough that there's no disutility in consuming them, but I'm having trouble finding anything definitive.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 28 February 2014 08:39:50PM 3 points [-]

I have a general heuristic in my diet of "if you need to process ten thousand of something to get the amount you want to eat, don't do that."

Comment author: juliawise 01 March 2014 02:10:08AM 4 points [-]

What about yeast? This seems like a silly heuristic.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 01 March 2014 04:05:50AM -1 points [-]

I'm not at all confident eating lots of yeast is great for our gut bacteria.

Comment author: Lumifer 03 March 2014 05:26:19PM 0 points [-]

Replace yeast/bread with yogurt, then.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 03 March 2014 07:56:43PM *  -1 points [-]

it would be reasonable for, by yourself, to create yogurt. It would not be reasonable for you by yourself to produce canola oil.

Comment author: Lumifer 03 March 2014 07:58:05PM 2 points [-]

And how is this relevant to the discussion?

Comment author: trist 01 March 2014 07:06:04AM -1 points [-]

Perhaps the reference is to "nutritional yeast", which are all dead, and won't impact your gut bacteria aside from being provided with more nutrients.

Comment author: juliawise 03 March 2014 05:16:55PM *  0 points [-]

I was thinking of bread, actually. Not that bread is the greatest for you, but the problem isn't the yeast (which are dead, anyway).