Sushi is usually a great source of protein with a low carb count. There are a few things to watch out for, though, like deep-fried rolls and the ingredients in delicious sauces. Here’s a roundup of the stuff you should know before you get fishy.
That High Sodium Soy Sauce
Make sure you’re aware of soy sauce’s salt content. A tablespoon of the stuff can contain up to 900mg of sodium and it’s not always gluten free, which could be no good for certain diets.
Spicy Mayonnaise, Cream Cheese, And More
Your favorite rolls might be drenched with teriyaki and mayonnaise sauces or packed with cream cheese and other fatty ingredients. A few bites are probably fine, but calories can add up. Make sure you know what you’re eating and you’ll be able to make better choices.
Beware The Deep Fried Stuff
Deep fried and delicious, yes, but anything that’s labeled “crunchy” comes with some fat, oil, and extra calories.
Read Up On Risky Fishes
Your sushi may contain sketchy varieties of fish with high levels of mercury or even a parasitic risk. Studies have shown that menu items featuring snapper or white tuna sometimes contain completely different varieties of fish. Freshwater fish like salmon and mackerel pike can contain parasites, too; they’re usually killed during the freezing process, though.
A Moment For Environmental Awareness
If you’re concerned about fish and wildlife populations, check this out: Eel and bluefin tuna populations are at risk around the world because of high demand.
Lastly, All Of The Rice
White rice is a key ingredient in most sushi, so you’ll end up consuming plenty of it during a meal. The carbohydrates will spike your blood sugar, which could be a problem for restricted diets. If you can opt for whole-grain brown rice, you’ll feel fuller thanks to its fiber content.