In recent decades, sushi—a staple of Japanese cuisine for centuries—has become one of our country’s favorite foods. Most of the sushi we eat is raw fish, seafood, or vegetables wrapped in rolls of rice and seaweed.
Sushi is a great taste sensation, often combining these ingredients with soy sauce, wasabi, and ginger. At the Market at the Fareway in Chestnut Hill, Tokyo Sushi is excited to offer our customers in Chestnut Hill fresh delicious sushi, to eat in or take out, for lunch or dinner.
In addition to taste, sushi offers important health benefits too.
Omega-3s: Perhaps the benefit that may be most familiar to us are the Omega-3 fatty acids which are found in certain fish—like salmon, tuna, trout, and herring—and which are staples of sushi. Omega-3s are a good kind of cholesterol that contributes to balancing and even cancelling out bad cholesterol, which is what leads to clogged arteries and other health issues.
Omega-3s also help to lower blood pressure, which is an important boost to your metabolism by reducing risks of heart, stroke, and kidney issues.
Protein Boost: Fish is a great source of protein because it contains less calories and fat than other forms, like meat. Other seafood is also a good source, though may come with higher fat content. Vegetarians who eat fish often favor it because it provides a valuable and healthy protein boost. Healthier forms of protein ensure that our bodies are functioning properly, including generating new cells and strengthening our muscles.
Immune System Boost: Sushi does not need to contain fish to be healthy. The seaweed wrap, ginger, and wasabi also provide valuable boosts to our bodies and immune systems.
The seaweed wrap in sushi (Nori in Japanese) is high in iodine, an essential, but often ignored, aspect of our overall health. Iodine plays a critical role in managing our endocrine system, especially our thyroid gland. The right balance of iodine will help hormones balance properly, optimizing many of your metabolic activities.
Seaweed also possesses various phytonutrients, which act as antioxidants, helping to prevent healthy cells from mutating into cancer cells. Similarly, ginger and wasabi possess anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties as well, thanks to their antioxidant compounds. In addition, ginger has an antibacterial and antiviral effect on our systems.
Finally, it is also worth noting that many fish are full of selenium, which has been shown to possess anti-cancer properties too.
These are just some of the highlights of the biggest health benefits of sushi. Do keep in mind that soy sauce contains high levels of sodium, so dip in moderation and make sure to take full advantage of your wasabi and ginger.