What Is Sushi And Is It Good Or Bad For You?


Sushi is a Japanese food that is prepared with raw fish, rice, vegetables and soy.

When we say raw fish… we mean when it is served for you to eat, the fish is actually raw.

That is why others think it is unhealthy.

Certain people — including pregnant women, young children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems — may need to completely avoid sushi made with raw fish. Sushi made with raw fish may contain harmful bacteria and parasites. 

However, Sushi is a very healthy meal! It’s a good source of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids thanks to the fish it’s made with. Sushi is also low in calories – there’s no added fat.

The most common type is nigiri sushi – fingers of sticky rice topped with a small filet of fish or seafood. On average, one piece of sushi nigiri has about 70 calories. A typical order of 6 pieces provides 310 to 420 calories, depending on the type of fish.

Maki sushi are rolls are made with sticky rice, fish and dried seaweed, called nori. Most maki places the nori on the outside, but California rolls place the rice on the outside.

When ordering sushi, from any of the Ghanaian restaurants that serve it, ask for brown rice instead of white rice. It’s more nutritious and it has a lower glycemic index than white rice.

One concern is the high amount of mercury found in some species of fish. Women who are planning to become pregnant, who are pregnant, who are breastfeeding and young children should avoid high mercury fish which include tuna, king mackerel, swordfish, shark, tilefish, and orange roughy. Tuna and mackerel are common at sushi restaurants. The concern is that too much mercury may damage a baby’s developing brain and nervous system.

Lastly, go easy on the soy sauce, especially if you have high blood pressure. One tablespoon of regular soy sauce has 900 to 1000 milligrams of sodium – more than half of a day’s worth. Light soy sauce has about 25 per cent less sodium: 600 to 800 milligrams per tablespoon, which is still considerable.

Source: The Globe And Mail||Kuulpeeps.com

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