Many people choose sushi over a sandwich for lunch in the belief that it is a healthier option.
In fact, there can be very little nutritional value in sushi and here’s why:
- A hand roll is usually about 70% white rice (equivalent to about two slices bread) which the body quickly breaks down into sugar, resulting in a spike in blood glucose levels.
- Protein – there isn’t much protein in a typical hand roll, and it’s often in a highly processed form and mixed with mayonnaise or sugary teriyaki sauce.
- Vegetables – are not usually found in sushi. Vegetables contain vital, essential nutrients which your body depends on to function well.
- Low in fat, low in protein, high in refined carbs – this choice for lunch will not promote satiety and will have you hungry and craving sugar before you know it.
- Salt – Sushi is often high in salt.
Enjoy as a treat, add some edamame beans, pick brown rice versions , choose sashimi instead and go easy on the soy sauce.
Written by Nutritional practitioner Alison Wright – available for consults at Balance Osteopathy.
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