Sushi has slowly weaved its way into our food but not everyone has found love for it. What is sushi, why sushi and how much of sushi is enough are commonly asked questions?
Ocean Basket’s franchise leader Roelof Brink enlightens us on the benefits of eating sushi.
How is sushi healthy?
- Japanese people’s diet is mainly sushi and their heart disease rates are amongst the lowest in the world.
- Sushi is made up of raw fish, vegetable and rice and only contains 30% fat.
- Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids which are linked to improving circulation in the body and protect the heart.
- Rice is a good source of energy.
- Wasabi (it’s green and hot) is a root vegetable that cleans your palate and helps prevent your teeth from rotting.
- Seaweed is rich in calcium, iron and iodine which is vital for a healthy thyroid (glands in the throat that control how fast your body uses energy).
- Ginger (usually pink in colour) is a popular flavour used to enhance the sushi dish. Ginger helps prevent colds, relieves symptoms of Raynaud’s disease (disease that causes painful numbing of fingers and toes). Chewing on the ginger can also help relieve a toothache.
- Soy sauce is made from fermented soya beans and is high in salt content.
Dos and don’ts of sushi
- Do use your chopsticks to eat your sushi.
- Do eat sushi with your hands if struggling with the chopsticks
- Don’t rub the chopsticks together to get rid of the splinters.
- Don’t dip the rice sides into the soya sauce as the rice is also flavoured.
- Don’t mix too much wasabi with the soya and make it look like a soup