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Why Sushi is so GOOD for us!

The Japanese have gifted this world with Sushi. Ever wonder why their life expectancy is exceptionally high compared to all regions on earth? Their sushi consumption has been claimed to be a factor in their high life expectancy.

Fish and seafood

Sushi is low in calories. White fish such as sea bass and red snapper have less than 100 calories per 3 1?2 oz [100g]. Even richer fish such as mackerel, eel, and the fattier cut of tuna, toro, have less than 200 calories per 3 1?2 oz [100g].

Oily fish, such as mackerel, sardine, and herring are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can be effective in preventing heart disease, stroke and arthritis.


Pretty much everyone on earth consumes rice. And why not? It is an excellent source of protein and essential carbs for the body and for those that have wheat allergies, its gluten free.

Rice vinegar

Fun Fact – Rice Vinegar has been claimed to be an effective skin conditioner. Rice vinegar has amazing antibacterial properties, which have long been used to preserve food. It gently aids digestion while also lowering the risk of high blood pressure and working as a mild pick-me-up.


Ginger root is almost used as a palate detergent with sushi. Like rice vinegar, it works as an excellent expected antiseptic. And for those that are under the weather lately, it’s interesting to know that Ginger boosts the immune systems and aids the body to fight the general flu and colds of the world.

Soy sauce

Soybeans are high in protein, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Soy products contain phytoestrogens, which have been successfully used to treat problems associated with menopause. A reduced-sodium variety is now available. Tamari, which does not contain wheat, is a good alternative for those with wheat allergies.


Nori (seaweed) may be considered an unusual food by some, but it is highly nutritious. It contains protein, minerals-especially iodine-and is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, niacin and C. It helps prevent cholesterol deposits from building up in the blood vessels. The darker the nori, the higher the quality.

Shredded nori adds a decorative touch to scattered sushi and soups.


Rich in vitamin C, wasabi stimulates the production of saliva and aids digestion. It has powerful antibacterial properties and is mildly antiseptic.

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