Sushi, is the delicious blend of fish, seaweed, rice, and vegetables, stuff that you see rich people eating in movies. It first became popular in Japan. As part of its origin as simple fast food, the right way to enjoy sushi is not with chopsticks, but with your fingers. Chopsticks are typically only used for eating Sashimi, which are basically raw slices of fish. Bet you didn’t know about that! Want to hear some more incredible facts about sushi? Then keep reading!
13 Things All Sushi Lovers Should Know
1. It is not cooked in anything
Not all sushi is cooked, those that are cooked do not have unnecessary amounts of butter or salt added to it. Instead, to add flavour, it is usually served with additional ingredients and a sweet or savoury sauce.
2. Prepared with fresh ingredients
The texture and taste of the ingredients used to make sushi change after a short amount of time. Which is why it is guaranteed that your platter of sushi is as fresh as it can be. This is also why wasabi and pickled ginger are common companions to sushi, as they help preserve the freshness.
Thin sheets of Seaweed (Nori in Japanese) are the most commonly used ingredients in sushi. It contains minerals which are beneficial for our body, such as iron, calcium, sodium, and magnesium.
Vinegared rice is a crucial ingredient in sushi as the fish itself. Initially the rice was used only for keeping the fish preserved and the flies away.
3. Rich in vitamin A
There is a plethora of vitamins and minerals in these bite sized rolls. Sushi is rich in vitamin A, crucial for maintaining our immune system and for improving vision.
4. Packed with Omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids keep your blood pressure in check and prevent clogged arteries, and if you’re crazy for sushi, then lucky for you! Trout, herring, tuna, and salmon are the types of sushi that are especially packed with omega-3.
5. Boosts metabolism
Sushi is full of high quality proteins while being low in calories, a perfect combination that kick starts metabolism and boosts the body’s ability to stay strong and healthy.
6. Hormone regulation
The sheets of seaweed that sushi is rolled up in contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals, the most important one being iodine, which is an essential part of our diet for balancing out hormones.
7. Improves immune system
Since sushi has antibacterial properties, pairing it with the right ingredients (soy sauce wasabi, or ginger) boosts your immune system exponentially.
8. Keeps the heart healthy
This is probably the most sought after reason that sushi is known for. High levels of concentrated omega 3 fatty acids in sushi contribute towards keeping your heart healthy.
While sushi is packed with goodness, too much of anything can be harmful. If you eat sushi on a regular basis, keep these things in mind:
9. Choose the right toppings
When it comes to toppings, tempura, cream cheese and mayonnaise-based sauces add calories to your sushi platter. Instead of these, try better alternatives like soy sauce and wasabi to add to its nutritional value.
10. High salt content
If you are salt-sensitive, cut back on the soy sauce, dip your sushi lightly, or avoid it completely to make sure that your health is not compromised by your love for sushi.
11. High sugar and starch content
Too much rice means a lot of starch. Moreover, sushi rice is prepared with sugar, which can lead to high blood sugar and insulin. If you can’t avoid it completely, then ask for sushi made with brown rice. It has a lower amount of starch.
High levels of pollution in the oceans has resulted in many of the fish, particularly predatory fish like tuna, sharks and marlin, to carry high levels of heavy metals like mercury and other toxins. Hence it is advised to avoid the types and opt for salmon, trout, sea urchin and other species that are low in mercury.
13. Watch the calories
While sushi itself is low calorie food, what it’s paired with makes all the difference in your meal’s nutritional value. Since sushi constitutes a very small amount of fish and vegetables, it is a low-protein and low-fiber meal which, instead of filling you up, leaves you hungry for more. Accompany your sushi platter with dishes like miso soup, edamame, or wakame salad to make your meal more filling.
There is a lot more to sushi than just fish and rice, and we are glad we could enlighten you with the surprising health benefits and downsides of eating sushi. So the next time you feel like grabbing a bite of these delicious rolls, keep these points in mind and make the most of your meal!