If you are a sushi lover, you know how the unique combination of rice and fish brings a completely new and extraordinary dimension to the food table. Japanese people know exactly why they consume this fantastic food. Besides its amazing taste, sushi has actually many health benefits everyone should know about. Due to the healthy ingredients they use in sushi, Japanese people clearly live healthier, happier and longer.
Japanese people consume 25% fewer calories than the average Westerner, and food tends to be fresh and simply prepared. The secret is less food, but higher quality. A staple diet of rice and raw fish that’s high in protein and Omega 3, with no bread or dairy, is known to contribute to the average Japanese life expectancy of 86.4 years, which is a lot more than in Western countries.
So, check out the health-giving properties of sushi (sushi ingredients):
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are linked to heart protection and improved circulation.
Rice is the staple of the Japanese diet. It is a great source of energy and provides the needed amount of protein. Additionally, rice has long been used by naturopaths to treat several digestive disorders.
Seaweed is a very healthy ingredient in Japanese diet. In fact up to a quarter of Japanese food contains seaweed in order to boost flavor. Seaweed is rich in iodine (which is vital for a healthy thyroid), copper, calcium iron and magnesium.
This special spice is known to have therapeutic benefits in aiding digestion, and is often prescribed by naturopaths to avoid seasickness as well as car sickness.
Additionally it has proven to protect against respiratory illnesses and colds, as well as to ease flatulence. Another benefit is the fact that in case of a toothache, simply chewing on ginger can relieve toothache.
Wasabi is known to cleanse the palate, but as it turns out it also has certain health benefits. Scientists in Japan have discovered compounds called isothiocyanates in the paste that can help prevent tooth decay.
Wasabi is also believed have benefits in cancer prevention and prevent blood clots, if consumed on regular basis.
Health benefits have been linked to a higher consumption of foods rich in soya. In fact it is believed that foods rich in soya protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease, premenstrual syndrome and even osteoporosis. But, keep in mind though, it has a very high salt content and should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure or who has been told to have a low-sodium diet.
To enjoy an authentic sushi experience and healthy food please visit Akashi Brickell in Miami. Once you taste the sushi from Akashi and you allow their versatile culinary staff dazzle you with Akashi's unique specialties, you will surely keep coming back for more.
Here are some of their authentic Japanese specialties: