The Health Benefits of Sushi and How to Choose Healthy Sush!
Sushi has taken off in recent years as a favorite cuisine and has a lot of reported health benefits. I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the contents of sushi and whether or not it really is good for you.
Generally consists of Cooked, vinegared rice (white or brown), Seafood (typically raw fish or shellfish), Vegetables, Sides: ginger, wasabi, soy sauce.
Potential benefits Low calories (generally speaking), Low fat, moderate carbohydrates and high protein, Vegetables: Vitamins and minerals, Fish: high in protein and omega 3 fatty acids (healthy heart and brain), Wasabi: antioxidants, and Ginger: potential immune booster.
1. Protect your heart
Eating sushi regularly has been shown to improve the heart health. Rolls with a brown rice give you a hit of the whole grains that keep your cholesterol levels under control. You can also add a bit of avocado (or cucumbers) and eel for omega-3 fatty acids, which help to keep your heart healthy.
2. Sushi is fortified with important trace minerals
While you don’t need to consume huge doses of trace minerals, it’s still crucial to get enough of it regularly. Depending on how much trace minerals you consume each day, they can either improve or ruin your overall health. The seaweed in sushi contains large amounts of minerals, such as iodine, magnesium and copper. Eating it in moderation helps to boost your energy levels, improve your mood, prevent heart disease and keep your digestive system healthy.
3. It contains powerful antioxidants
Sushi rolls made with vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals and keep you feeling and looking healthy and young. Moreover, antioxidants help to ward off a great number of serious diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
4. Sushi has a high protein content too
Protein is an essential nutrient for healthy muscle function. It helps your muscles recover after exercise. Protein is found in meat, including fish, so your typical sushi roll is going to contain enough of it. However, make sure you avoid rolls with shrimp or crunchy fish since they are fried and can do more harm than good.
5. It’s a natural energy booster
If you often suffer from mid-afternoon energy slumps, ditch your chocolate bar and eat a few sushi rolls instead. Rice contains carbohydrates that fuel for your body and keep you feeling fuller and energized for hours. It’s better to choose brown rice that’s less refined than white rice. It will help you lower the risk of a sugar crash later. Eating sushi packed with lots of vegetables is a quick way to boost your energy and brain power.
6. Improve your digestion
Many kinds of sushi contain rice vinegar, which is gentle on your digestive system and helps keep your digestive system humming along steadily.
7. Sushi is low in calories
Even though this doesn’t apply to all kinds of sushi, many sushi rolls are low in calories and they are a good addition to your diet if you want to shed pounds or just keep your weight off. Choose sushi rolls that contain plenty of vegetables, such as cucumber, avocado and carrots and stay away from rolls that has cream cheese, mayonnaise or other creamy fillings in it. Since fish is low in calories as well, rolls that have tuna, salmon or shrimp are also good options.
I can’t say that I’m a sushi junkie, but I have a few rolls once a week to improve my health. What about you?