Sushi has been loved by many people ever since Hanaya Yohei introduced this fast food version of another Japanese dish, nare-zushi, in the 17th century. The unique tastes, textures and aesthetic appeal of artfully arranged sushi has intrigued palettes across the world. Like much of Japanese cuisine, sushi is healthy to eat as well.
The Daily Mail published an article that discusses the health benefits of the sushi served in Japanese restaurants in Sacramento. Listed below are the primary health benefits of three ingredients found in sushi: Raw fish, cooked vinegar rice, and wasabi.
Consuming the fresh raw fish found in sushi is a great way for individuals to obtain their daily protein needs. Fish is low in saturated fats and cholesterol, which makes it a healthier alternative to red meat like beef and mutton. Raw fish is also rich in omega-3, an essential fatty acid that cannot be produced by the human body.
The following excerpt from the Daily Mail articlegives us more information: “On average, each person in Japan consumes around 100 grams of fish every day, in forms such as sushi, tempura and sashimi. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are linked to heart protection and improved circulation.”
Cooked Vinegar Rice
Rice is an important part of sushi and is the staple food of Japan. Besides providing a boost of energy, rice is also a good source of vitamin B1, and can strengthen the body’s immune system. “Long used by naturopaths to treat digestive disorders, it sometimes helps in relieving diarrhea,” states the article.
Wasabi is usually ignored by those who want to eat their sushi without the strong kick. However, the extreme spice of wasabi comes with great health benefits. It has been discovered that a compound found in wasabi is 40 times more potent in fighting cancer than any other vegetable extract:
“Thought to cleanse the palette, wasabi could also have health benefits. Scientists in Japan have discovered compounds called isothiocyanates in the paste that can help prevent tooth decay. Wasabi has also been found to aid cancer prevention and prevent blood clots, if eaten regularly.”
Regular consumption of fresh sushi is beneficial to a person’s health. Renowned Sacramento restaurants, like Mikuni Sushi, serve delicious and healthy sushi dishes to thousands of customers every day. Known for their fusion dishes—like BBQ Tuna, Puff Daddy, Teriyaki New York Steak, and Bob’s Roll, these delicious entrees combine a mixture of elements from Sacramento’s rich heritage—including Asian, European, and Hispanic influences—to create unforgettable and tasty treats.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Why sushi is good for you; the Daily Mail)