- Sushi Nutrition Facts
- Health Benefits of
Health Benefits of Sushi
For a person with normal health, sushi has
many health benefits. All dishes (excluding eel, and some fusion style sushi)
are low in saturated fat and high in protein. There may be a slight load in
carbohydrates in thick sushi rolls, but it is negligible for nigiri sushi since they are small in
High content of fish oil is the main health
factor which promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. The hikarimono, or shiny fishes (mackerel, Spanish mackerel, sardine, Pacific Saury) contain the highest amounts of EPA and
DHA omega3 fats. (Ironically they are the least expensive fishes). These fishes
are also high in vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant.
Nori contains a great source of minerals found in the ocean and vinegar
acts as an important factor in promoting cell metabolism. People who use
vinegar frequently (to dress salads, blend with soy sauce, or drink in small
amounts (please refer to rice vinegar in choosing the best ingredients) have
lower percentages of body fat.
Unfortunately, people with type I or II
diabetes should stay away from sushi, and stick to sashimi. Individuals with high blood pressure must limit their use
of soy sauce (see: how to eat sushi).