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Health Benefits of Sushi (And How Often To Eat It)

on 24th Apr, 2017
Sushi is one of those magical foods that are absolutely delicious and also offers some incredible health benefits. The complex combinations of flavours and ingredients complement each others’ taste and bring out the nutrients in each bite. Japanese restaurants are known for offering healthy entrees, with sushi being the staple dish. 
 
The best sushi is packed with vitamins, protein, and antioxidants. In fact, leading health organizations such as the American Heart Association recommend eating fish at least twice per week as part of a healthy diet. Let’s take a look at the specifics for how sushi helps improve health, and which types are best for what scenarios.

For Neurological and Mental benefits

One of the best nutrients found in sushi, and fish protein in general, is Omega 3 fatty acids. The word ‘fatty’ tends to deter many health-conscious diners, but it’s important to remember that there are good types of fats. Omega 3s boost brain function and can assist with neurological disorders, combining with other nutrients and ample rest to ensure the mind is functioning as sharp as possible. The best sushi in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is especially high in omega 3s due to our location near the Persian Gulf. 

Omega 3s may also help to fight depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and diabetes, according to studies. This is a very important reason to include healthy fats in your daily diet. The more often you eat these sushi rolls, the more likely you are to enjoy their health benefits, but studies have shown that eating fish once or twice per week is generally sufficient. Here are some great sushi and sashimi options for neurological benefits:
  • Tuna rolls, such as the Spicy Tuna Hijiki Roll and Tuna Green Apple Roll.
  • Salmon rolls, including the Salmon Spicy Roll and Salmon sashimi. In particular, the EFA omega-3 found in salmon is known to boost brain development.
  • Other rolls that really bring out the nutrients in the fish.


For Heart Health

Omega 3 fatty acids also help heart health. Japanese restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, such as Sushi Counter, offer ample selection of heart-healthy sushi dishes that highlight the fish protein and use corresponding ingredients to bring out its nutrients. Generally, the best sushi for heart health is similar to the best sushi for neurological health but keep away from any rolls that come with mayonnaise-based dressings and other high-calorie ingredients like cream cheese or tempura fried fish. Here are some examples of great heart-healthy sushi:
  • Basic rolls, such as Tuna or Eel, that focus on rice and fish protein without a bunch of extras. These rolls have the added benefit of being affordable than the more complex items.
  • Vegetarian rolls such as the Hummus & Cucumber roll, or Avocado roll.
  • Moutabel and Cucumber Summer Roll


For Overall Body Health and Function

Protein is a key part of any diet. For those of us who are wanting to eat healthy at sushi restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, a big emphasis should be put on protein. The best sushi is built around fish and rice, and that should be the focus when perusing menus. If you are looking to build muscle, tone your body, and improve skin tone, keep it simple and keep it protein-heavy.
  • Sashimi. Just focus on protein and Omega 3 fatty acids. Look for whitefish sashimi, eel sashimi, salmon sashimi, and tuna sashimi. All four of these options are extremely high in protein and leave out anything that is bad for you.
  • White-fleshed fish is extremely high in protein while being extremely low in fat.
  • Options with extra cuts of fish on top of the roll. This gives you that extra punch of protein and fatty acids, meaning you don’t have to eat too much food to get the nutrients you desire.
For vegetarians, eating enough protein at Japanese restaurants can be tough. Because the Japanese diet doesn’t include protein-rich beans as heavily as some western diets, there are a few things to look out for on the menu:
  • Avocado. Avocado contains healthy acids that can help make dishes lacking fish protein still be healthy and fulfilling. Avocado rolls are affordable and simple.
  • Spicy Veggie California Roll with Dal. Dal adds a bit of extra protein to an already delicious roll found at Sushi Counter.


A Few Fringe Benefits

We’ve covered the three biggest health benefits of eating sushi, which menu options are the best for which causes, and how often fish should be eaten. The best part? That’s not even all of the perks. There are many smaller perks that some may notice when fresh fish is a part of their diet at least two times per week.
  • Improved reproductive health: Eating ample amounts of fish in sushi restaurants can have great reproductive benefits, particularly for men. The nutrients in fresh fish can help with stronger sperm.
  • Vitamin D: Instead of baking in the sun and frying your skin, eating sushi at Japanese restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi can give your body healthy doses of an amount of Vitamin D.
  • Get better skin and hair: The best sushi allows even those of us on low-fat diets to get the healthy fats we need to maintain bright, vibrant skin and hair. Omega-3 fatty acids are suspected to assist with treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, as well.
  • Boost your metabolism: The selenium found in fish is known to help metabolisms, meaning that the best sushi restaurants in Abu Dhabi and Dubai can also help you process the food you’re eating.

 
The Final Hook

As you can see, sushi is a very healthy food that offers a wide range of benefits to your entire body. Depending on your specific health needs, the best sushi options for you can be a strong part of attaining your fitness goals. Incorporating these tips into your diet will help your meals feel as good as they taste, all while giving you a great excuse to enjoy Sushi Counter’s locations and the incredible Japanese restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Health Benefits of Sushi (And How Often To Eat It)

Sushi is one of those magical foods that are absolutely delicious and also offers some incredible health benefits. The complex combinations of flavours and ingredients complement each others’ taste and bring out the nutrients in each bite. Japanese restaurants are known for offering healthy entrees, with sushi being the staple...