Sushi Rolls and Rules!

So you are having Sushi for dinner! Seems healthy right? but what you order can have a varying affect on your health! So this is how FoodieGuru Picks his sushi:

Rule #1
Choose traditional sushi over Fancy Crunchy Sushi

Healthy Sushi:
When choosing a roll, choose low-calorie and healthy fish like salmon, mackerel, yellowfin or albacore tuna. These are full of omega 3’s, unsaturated fats, protein, and vitamins.

Fancy Crunchy Sushi:
Battered and deep-fried, tempura is one of the highest calorie bombs. There are tempura vegetables and fish and they are two of the most calorie-dense options. A shrimp tempura roll packs in over 500 calories and 20 grams of fat! Depending on how much mayo is used, the roll can be at least 300 calories and contain more than 10 grams of fat. Avoid rolls that are drenched in soy/ teriyaki/ mayo!! “The less fancy the roll, the better,”

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Rule #2
If there is an option between Real Crab or Artificial Crab Stick, always choose REAL CRAB or nothing at all. FoodieGuru stays away from any type of artificial crab sticks.

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Rule #3
o easy on the Soy Sauce! You can try reduced-sodium soy sauce, but keep in mind that it isn’t “low” sodium. It’s simply 25 percent less salt than regular soy sauce.

Actually, FoodieGuru doesn’t use any sauce at all on his sashimi/sushi.

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Do not drench your sushi in soy sauce like pictured above. Big No-no!

Rule #4
Load up on Wasabi! It is filled with health benefits such as:

Health benefit 1: Antimicrobial Properties
Wasabi contains antimicrobial agents which are useful for eliminating bacteria. The Isothiocynates vapors prevent the growth of various strains of bacteria, yeast and mould. Another one, Sawa Wasabi combined with ITCs blocks Helicobacter pylori. This ability to eliminate bacteria makes it an excellent meal best prepared together with raw fish. Remember raw fish has propensity to attract bacteria during preparation due to the fact that it is eaten raw.

Health Benefit 2:Anti-inflammatory properties
Wasabi paste is an important anti-inflammatory agent as it helps eliminate inflammation in sores, injuries among others. This is despite the fact it is claimed to cause inflammation in the nasal passageways, leading to congestion.

Health Benefit 3: Anti Cancer Properties
It is associated with foods such as broccoli and cabbage, which have chemicals that improve liver health. The Isothiocynates or ITCs act to block enzymes that lead to pre-carcinogenic compounds to change into carcinogenic ones, known as Phase I enzymes. The chemicals enable the liver to better neutralize some highly toxic substances that travel throughout the body, leading to cancer. Wasabi reduces the risks of your developing cancer at a later stage in life.

Health benefit 4: Cardiovascular Health
Due to its ability to block platelet aggregation, wasabi helps to reduce chances of heart attack and stroke. Wasabi works by stopping on time, platelets from sticking together, which can be potentially fatal.

Health Benefit 5:  Wasabi and Arthritis
Diet rich in wasabi has anti-inflammatory properties which offer relief from aching joints. It helps inhibit inflammatory pathways which lead to inflammation. In particular is the action of isothiocynates in wasabi which also prevent inflammatory bowel disease as well as asthma.

Health Benefit 6: Prevention of Cavities
Wasabi helps in getting rid your mouth of the obnoxious cavities which cause you regular visits to your dentist. The bacteria responsible for this are the streptococcus mutans. Some studies conducted have shown that wasabi inhibits the growth of the said bacteria in the mouth due to the presence of the chemical compound isothiocynates. Isothiocynates prevent sugars from sticking on the teeth, which lead to cavities.

Health Benefit 7: Natural Sanitizer
Wasabi   has the ability to fight e.coli and staphylococcus as well as destroying pylori bacteria. This is because of its anti-bacterial action.

Health Benefit 8: Detoxifying Effects
Wasabi is a natural detoxifier as it helps the liver to get rid of toxins and carcinogens. Its photochemical help get rid of toxic compounds stored in the liver’s fatty tissues.

Health Benefit 9: Low calorie Food
Wasabi prepared with peas makes a great low-calorie food which is suitable for those seeking to lose weight. It is therefore a suitable substitute for other snacks such as chips which are high calorie snacks.

Health Benefit 10: Boosts Digestion
Wasabi peas are perfect food for the intestinal tract as it gets rid of harmful toxins from the body. This has the effect of reducing the possibility of suffering from diverticulitis .it is also rich in fibers.

Foodie Guru likes his wasabi fresh and grated!
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Rule #5
Avoid Soda, drink Matcha / Green tea instead with your meal

Rule #6
Try Edamame as a side dish!

Edamame is a complete source of dietary protein; meaning that like meat and dairy, it provides all of the essential amino acids needed in the diet that humans cannot make themselves.

The little beans are also high in healthy polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid.

Rule #7 Ginger

You know that little pile of ginger that’s always on your plate—it’s not just a garnish! Eat it! “Ginger helps to boost the immune system as an effective antimicrobial and antiviral agent,” Rathbun says. “It is also a good source of potassium, magnesium, copper, and manganese.”
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Rule #9
o rule, just a couple of other dishes FoodieGuru likes to order in japanese Restaurants 🙂

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Grilled Fish head / Fish Collar – Make sure it is NOT Sanma (Mackarel) /Saba Fish (types of fish Japanese people like to eat)

Grilled Mushrooms

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And last but not least: Grilled Turban Shell!



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