If you haven’t eaten sushi before, you really should give it try. Not only it is delicious, it’s incredible healthy for you, low in fat and high in essential oils and vitamins.
For centuries the Japanese have been eating sushi (raw seafood) but those easy bite size sushi rolls that many of us partake in today, first stated in Edo, Japan somewhere around the middle of the 19th century. At the time, they were seen as the ultimate fast-food, you could carry around a healthy snack without the need for plates and cutlery. In America it was the trusty chicken nugget, in Japan it was the nigiri and maki rolls – and fortunately NOT kittens, as this hilarious ad might cause you to believe.
Today there are countless variation of both, crab, tuna, seaweed, salmon, beef, prawn are all used some with wasabi (hot horseradish), the citrus-based sauce ponzu sauce or mayo. Generally speaking, sushi is a healthy option for a meal. Fish in particular is rich in protein and low on the calorie count, saturated fats and bad cholesterol. In fact salmon itself contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, known to reduce your cholesterol and high blood pressure – so don’t let the ‘fatty’ name fool you.
Other benefits including eating seaweed for example (a staple on many sushi menus) are boosts of magnesium, iron, calcium and even antioxidant phytonutrients into your system. So if you’re ordering some seafood sushi, make sure you get some seaweed on the side.
Of course knowing all the healthy benefits of sushi is one thing, make the most of your meal is another. This fun infographic will reveal 8 things worth knowing about eating sushi, such as the correct order to eat it in, the best technique for dipping as well as answer the eternal question, is ‘tuna’ and ‘fatty tuna’ actually the same fish or a different species altogether?