Singer Janelle Monae Reveals Pescatarian Diet Gave Her Mercury Poisoning

body composition, lower risk of heart disease and reduced inflammation, while offering you great flexibility in your choice of proteins. But it also comes with a few drawbacks.

(Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)

One of the biggest disadvantages of a pescatarian diet is that some types of fish can be high in mercury, a neurotoxin that can cause a wide range of bad health effects, including muscle weakness, loss of peripheral vision, impaired fine motor skills, tremors, headaches, insomnia and emotional changes. The good news is that smaller fish tend to have much less mercury content than larger fish, so they’re safer to eat.

“Mercury poisoning is extremely rare,” says University of Chicago’s associate director of adult nutrition, Dr. Edwin McDonald. “It’s something we should all be aware of and I’m not sure what symptoms Monáe had, but mercury toxicity makes it so you can barely walk and you can’t control your limbs…”

“The wastewater pollution gets into the water and the smaller fish start to consume it, then the larger fish consume the…