Considerations for Healthy Sushi
What’s in your sushi?
Yes, it’s packed with fresh fish, crunchy vegetables and fiber-rich rice. It’s a healthy meal. However, adding more salt, fat and calories can turn a healthy sushi the other way. What considerations should you bear in mind to ensure that your Japanese meal stays on the right path?
Considering nori. Nori is the outer wrap of sushi rolls that’s made of edible seaweeds. It is naturally low in calories but packed with vitamins A, B-6 and C, as well as in minerals like iodine, potassium, and vitamin B12. One sheet of roasted nori paper will give half of the daily recommended intake of iodine along with about 1.2 mg vitamin B12 which supports normal brain function. As with other seaweeds, nori should be consumed moderately, otherwise it can increase sodium levels in the blood.
Considering the fish. What carries the impact of sushi is the raw fish or seafood in the roll. Salmon and tuna are both healthy options because they’re high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Mackerel is also rich in omega-3s, as is selenium, which is a mineral that might help protect against cancer. Sushi does not have to contain fish. Sushi can incorporate any type of seafood that is also nutritious, like shrimp, scallops and eel.
Considering vegetables and condiments. Look for sushi rolls that contain vegetables as well as seafood. California roll includes avocado, a source of healthy fat. To increase dietary fiber, go for sushi made with brown rice instead of white rice. As far as condiments go, opt for spicy wasabi that contains antioxidants and pickled ginger that’s antimicrobial and antiviral as well.
Considering Healthy Sushi in Bellevue
Enjoy our wide selections of healthy sushi options when you dine at Sushi in Joy Bellevue.