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Types of Sushi in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for Different Health Needs

on 20th Mar, 2017

The many health benefits of different sushi dishes.

If you are a sushi lover, you probably find yourself sitting in a sushi restaurant quite often. What many sushi lovers don’t know, however, is there are many health benefits to eating different sushi dishes.

Different raw and cooked dishes can help boost vitamin levels and accompany a nutritional diet. Of course, different people have different dietary needs, so we will elaborate on the best dishes for vegetarians, those looking to gain muscle, and those looking to lose weight.

First, however, let’s identify the different types of sushi, and then break down the different benefits of the different ingredients and dishes.

Types of Sushi

There are many different types of sushi. Before we delve into the health effects and benefits of consuming sushi, let’s identify the different types of dishes.

Usually, there are both sushi and sashimi choices available at a sushi restaurant. Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, they are actually different in nature and composition. So, what exactly is the difference between the two?

Sashimi is a term for a piece of raw or cooked meat draped over a garnish.  It often has a soy sauce or other citrus-based dipping sauce served alongside. Although it could be cooked, the sashimi is often served raw in Japanese restaurants centered around sushi. 

Meanwhile, sushi in Abu Dhabi and Dubai is pretty much anything made with vinegared sushi rice. Plain and simple.

Health Benefits of Sushi

Neurological Benefits

Fish is obviously a common ingredient found in many sushi dishes. Fish of all kinds supply substantial amounts of fatty omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty acids are notorious for their neurological benefits.

Studies have shown that these fatty acids can also be beneficial in cases of psychiatric and neurological disorders, more specifically neurodegenerative conditions. These studies also have evidence pointing to neuroprotective qualities in cases of neurological injury as well.

Cardiovascular Benefits

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish also offer cardiovascular benefits. Mackerel, salmon, and sardines all are especially high in these fatty acids. Not only are omega-3s found in fish, but the nori used to wrap sushi rolls has large amounts of these fatty acids as well. These omega-3 fatty acids can lower cholesterol levels, harden your arteries, and prevent high blood pressure.

The rice vinegar used in sushi dishes is also associated with lowering blood pressure.

Disease Prevention

The rice vinegar used to make sushi is highly noted for its antibacterial effects. This can help prevent intestinal infections such as those caused by E. coli, Typhimurium and Salmonella.

Additionally, the gari that is served alongside sushi dishes has also been noted for its effectiveness in warding off cold viruses.

Soy sauce, served with sushi dishes, is also a great preventative ingredient. It effectively kills colon bacillus, notorious for causing infections.

Iron Supplement

Soy sauce is almost always served along with sushi in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Soy sauce offers an ample supplement of iron. Seafood in general also has notable iron levels as well.

Iron is an essential supplement to healthy living. Adequate iron intake promotes regulated body temperatures and promotes efficient energy use. This is because iron helps transport oxygen throughout the body, particularly to the brain and muscles.

Meanwhile, iron deficiency can lead to many health issues. These health problems include gastrointestinal issues, poor physical performance, low immune functionality, lack of homoeostasis in adults, and even cognitive issues in children.


Protein is another nutrition essential. It acts as a primary source for muscle, skin, bone, cartilage and bone health, as your body uses it to repair and build tissues. It is useful in all types of internal body functions, including enzyme production and hormone production. We all need protein and a lot of it.

You can find various levels of protein in many different sushi dishes. With the different kinds of seafood and garnishes, protein is merely an inevitable component of any sushi meal. Even the soy sauce has a hearty dose of protein.

Some popular sushi rolls with high levels of protein are the tuna roll with 24 grams of protein, the salmon and avocado roll with 13 grams of protein, the rainbow roll with 33 grams of protein, and the shrimp tempura roll with 20 grams of protein.

Metabolism Boost

Found in most sushi rolls, the dried seaweed, or nori, is a highly effective metabolism booster. This is because of the high levels of iodine in nori, which promote thyroid health while detoxifying your body. By removing heavy metals built up in your body, nori purifies your blood. All of this detoxification and cleansing promotes a healthier metabolism.

What to Eat?

For Vegetarians

The best sushi restaurants in Dubai or Abu Dhabi will have elaborate menus with an ample selection of vegetarian options. Because sushi rolls come packed with nutrient-dense ingredients such as nori, alongside the disease preventing rice vinegar used, there are many health benefits to be had in vegetable rolls as well.

Some common vegetarian options include hummus and cucumber rolls, vegetable California rolls, mango rolls, or even sweet and spicy combinations.

Additionally, many of the best Japanese restaurants will have options such as edamame, seaweed, rice, or salads as well.

For Gaining Muscle

When gaining muscle, it is important to take in large amounts of protein. When ordering sushi, you can focus more on the rolls with seafood such as salmon, tuna, or shrimp. For example, you can go for a Jumbo Roll, which usually has tuna and salmon in it. You can try plain salmon rolls, or even get spicy salmon rolls for extra flavour. Many great cuisines even offer tuna sweet and spicy rolls, which pack lots of flavour and protein as well.

Aside from rolls, you can get sashimi of any kind, and they will not only pack protein but omega-3 fatty acids as well. You can gain muscle while improving your overall health as well. Win-win.

For Cutting Weight

When cutting weight, many people try to avoid carbohydrates. You can avoid the white rice in the sushi rolls by simply ordering sashimi as an alternative. However, the rice vinegar used in the rice does pack many health benefits to make up for a few carbs taken in. Plus, with sushi in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, you also get a helping of nori, which is an excellent metabolism booster.

Tuna and salmon are some great meat sources that aid in weight loss. As protein goes hand-in-hand with weight loss, you can actually enjoy a wide variety of sushi dishes. Some great choices would be a plain tuna sushi, shrimp sushi, any vegetable roll, or even a salmon roll. The key thing to avoid is the dishes with spicy mayo or heavy sauces, as those can be unwanted calories.

Don’t forget to get a dab of wasabi. It’s rich in antioxidants!

What is Next?

Now that you know the different health benefits of the many sushi dishes, what new dish are you going to try?

You can now confidently sit at a great sushi restaurant in Dubai or get the best sushi in Abu Dhabi at the Sushi Counter, without wondering if the food is actually good for you.

You can actually enjoy great tasting food that also offers great health benefits.

Types of Sushi in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for Different Health Needs

The many health benefits of different sushi dishes.If you are a sushi lover, you probably find yourself sitting in a sushi restaurant quite often. What many sushi lovers don’t know, however, is there are many health benefits to eating different sushi dishes. Different raw and cooked dishes can help...