10 Health Benefits of Sushi

Who doesn’t love sushi? Japanese food in general is awesome, but you’ll find that sushi is the best of all – no matter how odd its form (like a sushi popper?). You’ll find that it is one of the most portable, practical of all Japanese meals, plus it’s tons of fun to make at home!

The great thing about sushi: it’s not just absolutely delicious, but it’s also very healthy for you. Here are some of the health benefits of eating sushi like a good Japenese:

  1. Healthy preparation — No frying, baking, or breading of any sort is done to prepare sushi. There are no high-fat ingredients added into the mixture, so it’s a pretty healthy, natural meal.
  2. Plenty of veggies — Who hasn’t tried the classic cucumber sushi roll? You’ll find that a lot of sushi rolls are made with cucumber and avocado, two beautifully healthy vegetables that make this meal an excellent one.
  3. Low-fat proteins — For the most part, the proteins that you eat in your sushi are fairly low in fat. For example, you’ll find sushi contains tuna, eggs, salmon, shrimp, crab, and sardines. All of these are very healthy proteins, none of which contain a lot of saturated fat.
  4. High Omega-3 fatty acids — Want to give your body a fatty acid boost? Try the raw salmon sushi! Salmon is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient that does wonders for your brain, your joints, and your overall health.
  5. Fight inflammation — Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent at reducing swelling in your body, particularly in your joints. Eat more salmon on your sushi, and your body will feel much better!


  1. Speed up metabolism — Did you know that rice vinegar can help to speed up your metabolic rate? It works similar to the way apple cider vinegar does, though its benefits are less obvious.
  2. Lots of nori —  “Nori” is the Japanese name for dried seaweed, the most enjoyable part of the sushi roll. You’ll find that nori is one of the healthiest parts of the sushi, thanks to the fact that it contains lots of minerals like phosphorus and calcium. It’s also loaded with protein, and it has Vitamins A, B1, C, and E. Seaweed is one of the healthiest foods around, and eating the nori is a great way to improve your health!
  3. Sodium-free — Unless you put high sodium soy sauce on your sushi, you’ll find that the meal is made without any sodium. There is no salt added to the rice, and none of the ingredients are made with lots of salt. For those with heart problems, sushi is a healthy meal that you can eat any time.
  4. Detoxification — Did you know that ginger contains an amazing antioxidant called zingerone? It’s a powerful detoxifier, which is why ginger is added to so many detox shakes. The pickled ginger you eat with your sushi can leave your body healthier and cleaner in its wake.
  5. Contains wasabi — Aside from wasabi’s ability to clear out your nasal passages, you’ll find that the fiery green paste provides excellent health benefits. For example, it can help to prevent the decay of your teeth, and it has been known to prevent blood clots and fight cancer.

The truth is that sushi is quite a healthy meal. The white rice used to make the sushi rolls can be a bit hard on your blood sugar, but anyone not suffering from diabetes should be safe. Consume in moderation, and you’re looking at some pretty awesome health benefits!

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Some people get lucky and are born with fit, toned bodies. Andy Peloquin is not one of those people... Fitness has come hard for him, and he's had to work for it. His trials have led him to becoming a martial artist, an NFPT-certified fitness trainer, and a man passionate about exercise, diet and healthy living. He loves to exercise--he does so six days a week--and loves to share his passion for fitness and health with others.

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