Nov 17, 2017 - 07:06 AM
The use of articles is different in English and Spanish in general (not only regarding names of food). We normally use an article when the noun is the subject of the sentence: "El pescado es bueno para la salud" = "Fish is good for the health" (literal translation) or "Fish is good for your/one's health". In this case you don't need an article in English because you talk about fish in general, but in Spanish the article is necessary. That's why in phrases with the verb "gustar" you'll also need the article: "Me gusta LA carne, pero no me gusta EL pescado" = "I like meat, but I don't like fish". What you like or don't like is the subject of the phrase in Spanish, so again you have to use an article, even if you're speaking in general and not referring to a specific fish or meat, as in "I like THE fish in that restaurant".
I hope this helps, but if there is any particular phrase you're having trouble with please let us know.