Sushi has been an important part of British 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 12 nutritional facts about sushi to whet your appetite:
- Sushi is long associated with Japan, however the dishes actually originated in China between the 5th and 3rd Century BC.
- Sushi is made with rice, usually served cold, seaweed, vinegars and topped or wrapped with raw fish.
- The nutritional value can vary depending on the type of sushi roll.
- 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.
- 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.
- A California Roll contains approximately 255 calories, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fat and 9 grams of protein.
- 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.
- 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.
- A cucumber roll contains approximately 255 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein.
- A crunchy shrimp tempura roll has over 500 calories!
- An avocado roll contains approximately 140 calories, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 5.7 grams of fat and 2.1 grams of protein.
Do you know any interesting nutritional facts about sushi that we’ve not mentioned? Share them here in the comments section below!
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