Sushi is raw fish in the form of an art form. It’s a very popular form of food, and in some cities, sushi restaurants seem to be on every corner.
It’s super healthy, high in sea fish and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s fresh, better than processed food …
Well, not exactly … I hate popping your bubbles, but if you love sushi then you should read on. You won’t believe what these beautiful creations are hiding.
Not so healthy
Sushi is very sugary. Mix the rice with rice vinegar and sugar. Get a spoonful of sugar in each cup of rice. Rice itself raises blood sugar levels, so you get a double dose of sugar. Add sugar to sauces and you won’t eat a particularly healthy meal.
Wasabi kicks sushi. But it’s not real. Most restaurants serve brightly colored horseradish.
Did you forget where you left your car keys and got mad? Do you feel weak and numb? Your sushi from last night could poison you.
Marine fish like tuna, yellowtail, bluefin tuna, sea bass and lobster are full of mercury. Mercury is a by-product of industrial pollution. Fish absorb mercury, and you get mercury when you eat fish. The more you eat, the more mercury you will get. The kitchen doesn’t help either.
Mercury poisoning is uncomfortable and can have long-term effects on fetuses and babies.
Avoid sushi when you are pregnant. Mercury is bad for the fetus and listeria is worse. Listeria are bacterial infections caused by eating contaminated food, including raw fish.
Pregnant women, babies and people with weakened immune systems are at risk. Symptoms include headache, stiff neck, confusion, and seizures. Pregnant women can have an abortion, have a stillbirth, or the newborn can be very sick.
You can develop listeria the day you eat the wrong fish, or they can develop up to 70 days later.
Salmonella is a bacterial infection that usually occurs when eating improperly handled food. Usually somewhere in the grocery chain someone doesn’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom.
Salmonella has been found in tuna. Freezing fish doesn’t stop you from getting salmonella. Cooking can keep you from contracting salmonella until contamination occurs after the food is cooked. If you’ve had the stomach flu, you probably have salmonella.