Sushi – despite being an eastern staple – has been an important part of US cuisine for quite some time now, but not everyone is completely aware of the nutritional value of sushi. As it grows in popularity, just how well do you know these delicious small dishes? Here’s some fun facts about sushi to whet your appetite:
1. Sushi’s roots don’t lie in Japan.
Sushi is long associated with Japan, however, the dishes actually originated in China between the 5th and 3rd Century BC.
2. How do you serve sushi?
Sushi is made with rice, usually served cold, seaweed, vinegars and topped or wrapped with raw fish.
3. Don’t assume the calories are always going to be the same…
The nutritional value can vary depending on the type of sushi roll.
4. That said, fish, in general, is very good for you!
Fish generally provides high-quality, low calorie and lean protein. In addition, it is low in saturated fats and cholesterol, making sushi a heart-healthy choice.
5. It’s all about the omega 3.
High levels of omega 3 fatty acids feature in salmon and are associated with lower blood pressure, improved levels of cholesterol and better heart rhythm.
6. Check out the stats on your California Roll!
A California Roll contains approximately 255 calories, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fat and 9 grams of protein.
7. Nori itself is rich in good nutrition.
Nori, which are thin sheets of seaweed, contain iodine (essential for good hormone function). In addition, it also contains calcium, magnesium, iron and folic acid.
8. Seriously, watch out for calories.
It’s easy to think that you are eating a low-calorie dish since sushi is rolled up into tiny packages. Although a plain tuna roll can be less than 200 calories, however, mayonnaise, cream cheese and fried tempura additions can drastically increase the number of calories in your roll.
9. Even cucumber rolls have macros you’ll need to mind.
A cucumber roll contains approximately 255 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein.
10. But, it’s not the worst…
A crunchy shrimp tempura roll has over 500 calories!
11. Go light with avocado.
An avocado roll contains approximately 140 calories, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 5.7 grams of fat and 2.1 grams of protein.
FAQs about Sushi
Are there different types of sushi?
Yes! Sushi normally splits into three or four categories - including Nigiri, Maki and Uramaki. The difference lies in how it’s filled.
Isn’t sushi just raw fish?
No! Sushi can contain raw fish, but sometimes it’s cooked, and the main constituent part of the dish is rice, not meat.
Is sushi served cold or hot?
Sushi is actually served at room temperature, otherwise the rice will lose its flavor!
Do you know any interesting facts about sushi? Share them in the comments below!