Does Sushi Make You Gain Weight?


For people who like Japanese food, they must know this food, sushi. Sushi is well known not only in Japan, but worldwide.

At first, sushi was  a term of fish preservation process that was called gyosho. A technique by which Japanese smeared kitchen salt, yeast powder or sake pulp on fish. While sushi itself came from ancient Japanese language that means “sour”.

This term actually referred more to the fish fermentation process where fish were wrapped with rice when Japanese made sushi. The fermentation process produced vinegar that could break down amino acid from fish, which would produce umami flavor in sushi.

Until 1970s, sushi was still luxurious food for Japanese society. While middle class society in Japan could only eat sushi in special occasions or special celebrations that were held by rich Japanese.


Is it true that Sushi can add your weight?

Food that contains from white rice, fish, meat and vegetable is still considered one of healthy food in the world. But, if you consume sushi in order to lose weight, you should consider to consume another low calorie food.

Rachel Beller, a writer of Eat To Lose, Eat To Win, wrote that consumed too many sushi could make someone ate too much calorie and carbohydrate.

Beller stated that one roll of sushi contained about 290-350 calories and contained carb as equal as two and a half to four breads.

If you eat one portion of sushi (2-3 rolls) it means you eat about 1050 calorie at once. Moreover, if you consume big size of Sushi California Roll, with rice, mayonnaise and avocado. According to Beller, calorie content of this sushi was equal with crab sandwich and a slice of avocado.

Sushi’s nutrition content

Although it has high calorie content, sushi is also nutrition rich food. Salmon and tuna are commonly used as sushi’s main ingredients. Every 100 gram of tuna or salmon contains at least 22 gram of protein and their omega-3 content is necessary to improve vessel health.

Nori or seaweed that is usually used to roll sushi also riches with important nutrition such as fiber, calcium, iron and sodium that are important for growth and recovery process.

“As long as we eat it in moderate amount, sushi is still healthy and will not cause weight gain,” Beller said as quoted by Fitness World.

Beller added if you want to consume Japanese food, you can try sashimi than sushi. Sashimi is seafood that can be consumed raw with fresh vegetables and delicious seasoning.

Sashimi doesn’t use rice, so it is suitable for you who want to lose weight. But you need to remember that sashimi is raw food, so make sure that it is clean.


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