THE BENEFITS OF SUSHI

There are many who’ll admit that their love for sushi makes both their waists and their bank balances smaller. It is, unfortunately, an expensive penchant, and good quality sushi doesn’t come cheap. Nonetheless, sushi fans are relieved of any guilt trips, as opting for this branch of Japanese cuisine is a far healthier choice than fast food takeaways. Here are a few pros to going on a more sushi-centred diet:

Raw fish

Fish, especially in its most natural and freshest state, is an excellent and delicious source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Salmon and tuna are two such examples and the most common ingredients in sushi dishes. Eel is another tasty ingredient, although this must be consumed in moderation as it’s one of the fattiest forms of fish. This also applies to crab meat, which is a rich protein source and low in calories, but has a relatively significant level of cholesterol.

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Rice

Japanese sushi rice is another great source of protein and fills you up very quickly, therefore rendering sushi meals sufficient in small portions. Rice can also help alleviate diarrhoea, however, be sure not to consume too much as it may lead to constipation. The stickiness of sushi rice is created by soaking this ingredient in rice vinegar during the preparation process, which is an essential part of good quality sushi. Authentic Japanese sushi chefs spend the first three years of their training washing sushi rice and preparing it with rice vinegar, which has antibacterial properties and aids digestion.

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Seaweed

This super food comes in various forms in sushi dining. The most common is nori seaweed, which is dried and flattened to hold together sushi rolls. It’s very high in fibre and helps you feel full for a longer period of time. It’s high in iodine and detoxes the body from radioactive chemicals and lead toxins present in cigarette smoke and pollution. It also comes in wakame form, which is an ideal accompaniment to salads or gunkan filling.

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Wasabi

Do not be afraid of wasabi. Training yourself into finding the right dosage for your palette will heighten your sushi experience, as it acts as a cleanser. Also, wasabi is incredibly spicy and can therefore speed up your metabolism. It’s high in Vitamin C and stimulates saliva production. Do be careful, though: a pea-sized amount per bite should be more than enough, unless you want to end up in hospital. Also, never mix wasabi in with soy sauce, as it’s bad manners at Japanese tables.

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Ginger

Here’s another super food which should be incorporated into a healthy balanced diet. This is served pickled during sushi meals, and a bite should be taken after every three pieces of sushi. It’s a renowned antiseptic and is a go-to ingredient if you’re feeling under the weather. It’s also fantastic for curing flatulence and toothache. Never place ginger on top of your sushi pieces, as it ruins the harmony of the sushi and is considered to be an insult to the chef.

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Soy Sauce

For those of you who suffer from high blood pressure or need to go easy on the sodium, try skipping soy sauce when eating sushi. However, this condiment is believed to control PMS, and it’s also high in iron. When eating nigiri, make sure to very gently dip the fish and not the rice into your soy sauce.

 

soy-sauce

Avocado

We’ve bored people from waxing lyrical about this food of the gods. Its creaminess alone is a good enough reason for you to appoint it as a major fruit in your diet. The great thing about avocados is that they contain healthy fats as opposed to carbs, and they contain a higher level of potassium than bananas do. They’re loaded with fibre and are known to lower cholesterol levels. Also, their richness as a fruit tends to make you feel fuller, thus reducing your cravings throughout the day. One avocado alone is a meal in itself, so try to opt for sushi that contains this fruit in order to consume a sufficient amount.

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