Did you know that men and women in Japan are expected to live longer than most people in the whole world? Any idea why? Well, for one, it has a lot to do with their diets, which often include a lot of sushi. Besides being a delicious, fun-to-eat meal or snack, sushi is actually really good for you.
Here are 4 reasons to eat more sushi (as if you actually needed more of a reason to eat sushi!:
- Sushi is great for those on diets or watching their weight.
Sushi is typically a low-calorie, low-carb food. Most traditional sushi rolls tend to fall between the 100-300-calorie range. If you are watching your weight, just avoid any rolls with cream cheese or mayo, or rolls that are deep-fried.
Additionally, if you are sensitive to gluten, you are in luck! Seaweed, rice, fish, and many of the ingredients used in sushi are all gluten-free.
Rolling your own sushi is also a great idea if you have a specific diet, as you’ll know exactly what is going into your roll.
- Sushi is good for your heart.
Have you ever heard the term “good fat”? Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of good fat. This type of fat, commonly found in fish, can help lower your blood fat (triglycerides). If your triglyceride levels are too high, you can be at risk for heart disease. Consuming omega-3 fatty acids helps prevent heart disease.
The rice in your sushi is usually treated with rice vinegar. Rice vinegar is commonly thought to help lower your risk of high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a common cause of heart disease, so it is very important to keep it normal.
- Sushi helps with your digestive health.
The rice in your sushi is most likely soaked in rice vinegar. Rice vinegar, while helpful at preventing high blood pressure, is also a great digestive aid. It contains acetic acid, which helps your body better absorb the minerals you eat.
Don’t ignore that stuff on the side of your plate, either! Wasabi and ginger are intended to be palate cleansers, for consumption before/after your sushi. However, they both have really great health benefits. While very different tastes and textures, both wasabi and ginger come from roots and have similar uses. Both are great digestive aids and can help boost your immune system. (Wasabi, in particular, also has antibacterial properties that help counteract the risk of eating raw fish.)
- Sushi actually contains a lot of protein.
Protein is an important part of your diet, as your body uses a lot of it. Your body uses protein to build tissues, make body chemicals, and strengthen muscles and bones. And these are just a few of the functions.
Sushi is great because it contains a lot of protein without all of the extra fat typically found in other sources of protein. While it may seem more obvious that the fish in your sushi contains protein, did you know you’re getting it from other ingredients, too? Both soy sauce and seaweed are very high in protein, which is good news for any vegetarians who want to enjoy sushi!
So there you have it: sushi may help you live a healthier and longer life. For more inspiration, check out Shinto’s menu of delicious sushi rolls.