Although sushi can be an intimidating food for the unadventurous eater, there is no doubt that sushi, if prepared correctly, is one of the healthiest meals available. Here are some of the health benefits of the common ingredients in sushi:
Fish are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower your risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Furthermore, seafood is a great source of protein that is low in fat. The fats that are present are predominately unsaturated.
Typically, you will find carrots, celery, avocado, and sprouts in most sushi rolls. Since these are usually served raw and fresh at a sushi restaurant, you can be sure that you are getting the most nutritional value out of each bite.
Low in fat and sodium-free, rice is a great source of complex carbohydrates. If you want more fiber and whole grains, then check with the sushi restaurant to see if you can order your sushi with brown rice instead of white.
The thin sheets of toasted seaweed used by sushi restaurant chefs are called nori. This is a very healthy food, as it is quite rich in Vitamin A, B-complex, Niacin, and Vitamin C.
The most common use for ginger is to calm the stomach and soothe gastrointestinal distress. Research shows that it is very effective at reducing motion sickness, nausea, and inflammation.
This spicy treat is also known as Japanese horseradish. Wasabi is almost always served at sushi restaurants alongside ginger and soy sauce, and has the property of fighting bacteria. Be careful though: This green ingredient is quite spicy!
If you are craving sushi, come on over to Kabuki Japanese Restaurant. Each of our locations has excellent chefs that prepare delicious sushi. We also host a great happy hour. For more information, contact us today!