Are you wondering if sushi is healthy or unhealthy?

Sushi is healthy as I shall demonstrate here, and you can eat it a few more times a month, whether its fish, rice and vegetables, these are all healthy options.

Fish brain sushi

It’s a very rich source of omega-3 fatty, which is great for your heart since its made with fish. Sushi is also said to be low in calories – if you’re worried about gaining weight. There is no added fat.

Healthy Omega 3
Omega 3 tablets made into a fish

Many scientists believe that sushi is one of reasons why Japanese live a healthy life. This is mainly because of its healthy ingredients that include seaweed, wasabi, fish, ginger and soy sauce. Seaweed contain a high amount of concentrated mineral content. It’s also used to boost flavour.

Seaweed
Great health benefits from seaweed

Seaweed is rich in copper, magnesium, calcium, iron and iodine, which is vital for your thyroid. Wasabi is actually the equivalent of the popular English mustard, which medical experts have found to prevent blood clots and also aid in cancer prevention.

The most popular type of sushi is nigiri sushi, which is prepared using fingers of very sticky rice topped with fish fillets or seafoods. A piece of nigiri sushi is said have 70 calories.

“That means if you order for 6 pieces, you’ll consume between 310 and 420 calories, but the amount calories depends on type of fish used to prepare this food.”

For Maki sushi, the rolls are made using fish, sticky rice and dried seaweed commonly known as nori. A piece of make roll has about 48 calories, and for a typical order of 6 pieces, you’re will get between 250 and 370 calories. You can also ask for brown rice when ordering for sushi. Brown rice is more nutritious and has a very glycemic index compared to white rice.

However, you will find a few types of sushi that are unhealthy. They have higher calories, due to higher fat content. You should avoid them and some of these sushi rolls are made with tempura shrimp. Good example are Dynamite rolls, they contain higher calories due to deep frying because shrimp are normally deep fried. But, there are sushi rolls with good higher fat content such as avocado which contains a healthy monounsaturated fat that is great for your heart. Finally avoid fish with high mercury such as tilefish, tuna, swordfish, king mackerel and shark, especially expectant mothers. Mercury can have negative impact to your baby’s brain.

Mercury in the sea
How toxic mercury gets into your body

We can say, sushi is great and you should eat it anytime. It’s mouthwatering taste will leave you yearning for more!

 

 

 

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