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Is Sushi good for you?

I was wondering if sushi might actually be bad for you- I tend to feel bad afterward. I even have cut way down on sodium when I eat sushi.

Fri. Jun 22, 10:22am

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Could be that sushi isn't good for YOU... maybe you've got some kind of allergy to one of the ingredients, or to uncooked fish oil or something like that.

I've got high blood pressure, and if I'm not careful with the soysauce, I can send my bp through the roof eating sushi.

Friday, June 22, 2007, 11:41 AM

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Many types of sushi are good for you-low cal (not all though!), low saturated fat and minimally processed, and the nori (a type of seaweed) that sushi is often wrapped in is very good for you-high in vitamin A, fiber, protein, and phytonutrients. Sushi isn't high in sodium itself-it's the soy sauce that people use with it that is!

You could have an allergy, or just a sensitive stomach. What type of sushi do you usually eat?

Friday, June 22, 2007, 12:19 PM

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Try to substitute the Soy Sauce, with Bragg's Amino Acids, it's a fantastic low-sodium alternative. I find it at my local co-op.

Monday, June 25, 2007, 1:08 AM

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I just started eating sushi and was wondering about this as well...without the soy sauce, how bad is say, a california roll or something? Its delicious!

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 7:12 AM

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Just be careful... A lot of the rolls have a spicy mayo that keeps it all together. Unitl recently, I thought I was being virtuous when I ordered an entire plate of California rolls as my meal. Of course, we're allowed to endulge every so often, aren't we? ;)

Approximate nutritional breakdown of sushi items:

Avocado roll: 246 calories, 11g fat, 33g carbs

Spicy tuna roll: 290 calories, 11g fat, 26g carbs

Shrimp tempura roll: 544 calories, 13g fat, 75g carbs

Philadelphia roll (salmon, cream cheese, avocado): 319 calories, 5g fat, 30g carbs

Spider roll (fried soft-shell crab): 317 calories, 12g fat, 38g carbs

California roll: 266 calories, 8.5g fat, 36g carbs

Cucumber roll: 136 calories, 0g fat, 30g carbs

Eel and avocado roll: 372 calories, 17.5g fat, 31g carbs

Tuna nigiri (2 pieces over rice): 240 calories, 1g fat, 27g carbs

Salmon sashimi (2 pieces, no rice): 164 calories, 6g fat, 0g carbs

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 7:28 AM

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Great breakdown! However, the nutritional breakdown represents how many rolls?

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 7:47 AM

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My idea of sushi for a long time was limited to rolls - primarily California rolls and Jambalaya rolls - shrimp tempura with eel and spicy mayo (Ymm)...
would say those aren't so low fat, but...

friends introduced me to sashimi (fish without the rice) and after eating the sashimi special, I felt satisfied but not full and bloated like with the rolls

also, the soup can be salty, if you eat that with it

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 8:48 AM

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7:28 here...

Actually, it is several rolls (6, maybe). I should have stated that. So it's not terrible. But I tell you, I used to eat those rolls with reckless abandon. But then, I used to do that with a lot of foods! :D

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 10:54 AM

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When people give info for a roll, that is the way that the sushi chefs make the sushi - it is one piece of seaweed, spread with the rice, and then the fish/filling is added. Then they roll it up into one roll, and that roll is sliced into 6 - 8 bite-sized pieces. So, a roll for around 250 cals really isn't so bad, considering the protein, fiber, and healthy fats in most (like, from fish and avocado. Tempura filling and spicy mayo is not so healthy.) I can eat 2 rolls for dinner and be completely satisfied. And a 500-calorie dinner isn't too bad.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 11:05 AM

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I think there's too much white rice in sushi for it to be good for someone who is trying to lose weight.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 11:37 AM

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It depends what the goal is. If you're counting carbs, then there is too much white rice. If you are just counting strictly calories, and you control your portion, you can lose weight and eat white rice. The Chinese and Japanese have been doing it for centuries, and only started having obesity problems when restaurants like McDonalds and KFC started opening there.

Sushi has started making me feel sick lately too - not sure why. So I don't eat it as often, and stick to mostly cooked foods when I'm there. That seems to do the trick for me.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 11:45 AM

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I found that the white rice fills me up too fast! I stick to miso soup, green tea, ebi sunumono salad, and then a few pieces of sashimi or sushi and a couple bites of rolls. That way I get lots of protein and not so much sticky rice. It works great! I don't feel sick after eating a whole meal (which I do if I eat all the rolls w/ rice!)

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 12:12 PM

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i get great sushi with brown rice and awesome sashimi (no rice) from a local joint. it's so healthy and filling! stay away from the sauces they push--fresh fish tastes great on its own. and always opt for the low-sodium soy sauce if you must have it!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 12:17 PM

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I agree. I stick to salad and miso soup, then one roll. And seeing as I'm vegetarian, not much on the menu is too bad for me :) The trick is getting a combo veggie roll. My favorite sushi place usually puts cucumber, tomato, lettuce, radish, avocado, and carrot into the roll and there isn't much room for the rice. Sure, the avocado is fatty, but there's not much in there. No more than I would put on a salad, anyway.

Sushi has actually really helped me lose weight.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 12:19 PM

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I've always been curious about sushi and want to learn how to make it myself. Not the raw fish though. I would be concerned that it isn't fresh enough. And I live on the coast.
I had wondered about using brown rice and if it really changes the taste.
And don't they use mirin in the rice? I had no idea there was a mayo type of thing.
Good info guys. Thanks.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 8:48 PM

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nice to see a break down of the calories, per roll. Not too bad at all, really.
I haven't had sushi in a while, but I got to the point where I was actually ordering more sashimi than sushi, and then a cup of miso soup and a side salad. I just found that the rice left me feeling too full/bloated. I have made my own rolls, with brown rice, and I didn't experience the same bloated feeling, so I blame it on the white rice.
Still, I think there is a concern with eating raw fish... mercury

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 10:33 PM

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mercury content, and the possibility of parasites or other nasty little micro organisms that can make one ill.
So, try to find a good sushi bar, with the freshest fish, and the highest health dept score!

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 10:36 PM

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I have never heard of mayo in sushi before! Gross! Go to a sushi shop run by Japanese folks. The chef should be a male (it's totally against tradition for a female to be a sushi chef) and you should be able to nod to thank him as you leave. Don't be afraid to ask where they get their fish from! They should be able to tell you how often it's flown in and/or where they pick it up each day.

You have to be careful, but it's totally worth it to find a good quality sushi place!

Friday, October 12, 2007, 2:58 AM

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Raley's is carrying California roll with brown rice now. More healthy, tastes the same. The calories are 35 per slice, and the California roll has cooked pollack so no worms to worry about.

Saturday, August 23, 2008, 6:11 PM

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There should be brown rice in the rolls. That'd be much healthier and tastier than white rice.


Saturday, August 23, 2008, 7:31 PM

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sodium in sushi

My bp has been up and i'm taking meds for it. So is it just the soy sauce that I should worry about or is it also the way the sushi is prepared as well?

Saturday, July 04, 2009, 2:52 PM

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It depends on the type of sushi; if it's just rice, nori and fish/vegetables, then it should be fine. But some kinds have sauce or mayonnaise in them, which would increase the sodium content. You can check the ingredients, or ask the server if you're in a restaurant.

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