What are the health benefits of sushi?
It is a commonly known fact that the Japanese have the longest life expectancy on the planet. It is no coincidence that they also enjoy one of the healthiest diets, Sushi accounting for the majority of it.
The various fish used in sushi are excellent sources of protein and minerals and Omega 3 whilst fresh vegetables used such as celery, carrots, cucumber and avocado all provide a great source of vitamins essential to a healthy diet.
Even the condiments served with sushi have health benefits:
The short grained rice used in sushi is a good source of carbohydrate which is slow released and essential for energy. It’s gluten free, has no cholesterol and is the main stay in any Asian dish.
This is a vinegar recipe unique to each sushi chef, as well as making the rice sweet and sticky it has many health benefits. Being acidic is kills any bacteria. It contains amino acids is also gluten free and reduces high blood pressure to mention just a few.
Nori (Seaweed) is very rich in minerals and vitamins, especially iodine. It also contains B1, B2, B6, A, niacin, and C. Compared to land plants, marine algae has as much as 10-20 times as much of these essential nutrients. Nori is also helpful in curbing the formation of cholesterol deposits in the blood vessels. It is also very high in protein (up to 50 percent of its dry weight).
The health benefits of ginger or (Gari) are immense from aiding digestion and fighting bacteria to helping rid a cold. It is also used in many Asian recipes. In terms of sushi, a small piece of pickled ginger is eaten between dishes as a pallet cleanser.
Wasabi is root vegetable native to Japan and find itself in the same food group as broccoli, mustard and Horseradish to mention just a few. It has a very strong, pungent flavor which can either be used directly on the sushi or mixed with the soy. It has the same health benefits as Ginger and many of its own.
Soya, the main ingredient in soya sauce, has been linked to lower breast cancer and fewer menopausal symptoms in Asian cultures who use soy as a staple in their diets. Soya is a source of high quality protein, low in saturated fats and is cholesterol free.