Step away from the sushi roll! You may think you’re getting low-cal fish, wrapped in healthy seaweed but often times, it’s a fat bomb in disguise! And here’s why:
Sushi is packed with the two dangerous C’s – calories and carbs. A typical sushi roll contains 300 calories and is packed with so much rice it’s the carb equivalent of three slices of white bread. To put that in perspective, two California rolls contain more fat and calories than a Big Mac and fries. And ordering veggie sushi doesn’t mean you’re in the clear! An avocado and cucumber roll has more calories and sugar than a fast food bacon ranch salad with crispy chicken on top.
So, where are all the calories coming from? The rice – which makes up 75 percent of a sushi roll – and the mayo and sauces, like that teriyaki glaze on top. Plus, some types of Western sushi are deep fried. And the amount of fish you’re getting is miniscule. An entire California roll has only five grams of fish. You’d have to eat six of them to get the protein in a can of tuna.
Sushi is also secretly unhealthy because it’s soaked with sodium! Dipping your sushi in two packets of soy sauce is the salt equivalent of five slices of bacon. And studies show all that sodium boosts your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.
But you don’t need to put away the chopsticks for good. Here are a few smart sushi tips to keep in mind:
Avoid the fattiest rolls – that’s anything with cream cheese or mayonnaise-based sauces.
Also, cut down on calories and carbs by ditching white rice and going with brown rice. Or even better – get seaweed wrapped rolls, which are totally rice-free.
Keep sushi sodium levels in check by skipping soy sauce altogether.