Sushi is not only delicious, but it’s also very good for you. This is a wonderful bonus to be able to eat the foods you love without paying the price for your indulgence. The average life expectancy for both women and men in Japan is one of the highest in the world.
Sushi packed with fresh fish, crunchy vegetables and fiber-filled rice, sushi can be a nutrient-packed and a healthy food. One wrong step, however, can add a large amount of fat, calories and sodium.
Some traditional sushi rolls with raw fish, vegetables, rice and nori – which is a type of algae – are low in calories. For example, salmon cucumber roll contains only 231 calories and 4 grams of fat, while mackerel roll has approximately the same amount of calories only 2 grams of fat. Cylindrical shrimp contains 199 calories and 0 grams of fat. To the calories you consume even lower start subtracting ingredients. Avoid fried tempura or sushi and spicy sauce made with mayonnaise, as an increase in calories.
To increase nutrient intake for sushi rolls which contain vegetables and seafood. Some roles, such as California roller include avocado, which is the source of healthy fats. To increase fiber intake, ask for sushi made with brown rice instead of white rice, and do not forget the spices that comes with sushi. Skip soy sauce, however, since it is loaded with sodium.
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