(NOTE: I am definable not a nutrition expert; however, as an average joe who have lost over 60 pound and gain about 20 pound of muscle, and who also happens to own and operate Japanese restaurant, I am fairly confident and know what I am talking about. ALSO, I am not native English speaker, so please bare with me on the grammar.)
At this point, I am pretty sure everybody have heard and tried sushi in their lifetime. There are many misconception and errors that people go by and I am here to address some issues and guideline for your sushi eating habit. First thing first, let's go over some true and false statement about sushi.
1) Is sushi a raw fish?
A) False. Not ALL sushi are raw fish. Raw fish would be call sashimi. Raw fish with rice ball underneath would be call Nigiri. Sushi rolls are call Maki.
2) Is sushi healthy for you?
A) True AND False. Unfortunately, most of Japanese-American restaurants sushi is packed with unhealthy condiments, such as mayo. If you pick right type of sushi, it is an excellent source of your nutrition and your protein.
3) Is sushi at buffet consider as sushi?
A) In my opinion, sushi and buffet should never be in the same sentence, unless of course, if sushi restaurant SPECIALIZE in buffet style. If you go to Chinese restaurant buffet and there are sushi, please look over carefully. Most of sushi in Chinese buffet have bene out for long time and it's very low quaility "fish".
If you eat right type of sushi, it's an excellent source for your omega acid, fish oil, protein, vitamins and minerals. Like I stated above, most of Japanese-American sushi are not good for your body. Typically California roll (most basic sushi in America) contains:
- Sushi Rice w/ vinegar
- Imitation crab meats with PACK of mayos.
Everything is good, except for your imitation crab meats with mayos. Imitation crab meats alone is very very low calories (about 70 calories per 4 sticks of crab meats. Typically, they put 2 sticks in the roll), but with mayo in mix, it is very fattening and high calories that you don't desire.
So what rolls would be good for your body? The most excellent way to go would be sashimi, which is just raw fish. If you can't handle or afraid to try raw fish alone, consider rolls such as : Spicy tuna roll and spicy salmon roll.
Your typical Spicy tuna roll and spicy salmon roll contains:
-Sushi rice w/ vinegar
- Seaweed paper
- Spicy salmon/Spicy tuna mix-------Chunk of salmon or tuna with hot rooster sauce and sesame oil (different with restaurants) for tiny bit of "nutty" flavor and mixing agent.
If you're watching your fat content or calories content, ask them to: use imitation crab meat only, instead of mix. Easy on the sesame oil. ASK FOR BROWN RICE OR SOY PAPER.
Above all, I would highly recommand sushi to anyone who is on diet or weightlifters. It's just matter of picking out good sushi.
If you have any questions please don't hesist to ask away. Thanks and good eating!
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