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Something smells a little fishy


By Kiran Munir, Staff Writer

Some delicious sushi to brighten up any dayPhoto Credit: Flickr

Some delicious sushi to brighten up any day
Photo Credit: Flickr

“Sushi is raw fish” is the popular belief held by many Americans. However, sushi is not raw fish. In fact, sushi does not even need to contain fish at all. Raw fish is actually sashimi not sushi. But the wrong implication leaves many people unwilling to sample sushi.  Although fish does not have to be an ingredient in the sushi, fish and seafood are one of the most popular ingredients in sushi.

Sushi actually consists of slightly sweet, sticky rice made with sweet vinegar and lined with seaweed. The ingredients are placed in the center and rice and seaweed are wrapped around the ingredients into a cylindrical roll. Once the sushi is rolled, it can be cut into familiar circles served in restaurants and stores in America.  Some possible ingredients for sushi include fish (cooked, steamed, raw or cured), seafood, vegetables, beef, avocado, pickles, pimento, cheese and more. But all American restaurants that serve sushi have the fish either steamed or fully cooked in order to meet FDA standards.

With such a wide variety of ingredients for sushi, everyone can find a taste for a specific type of sushi. One fits all does not have to be the motto. Keeping the wide array of possibilities in mind, it is hard to suggest one type of sushi because everyone has a unique blend of food interests. If you are interested in trying the real sashimi, it is recommended to try the California roll sushi and working towards attempting to try the real thing at an international restaurant. California roll sushi consists of rice, nori, cucumber, avocado, and imitation or real crab meat.

Sushi originated in China, not Japan, although people mistakenly associate sushi with Japanese food.  Sashimi, though, is from Japan because refrigeration was not available and in order to store fish and meats, the meats were salted with sear salts and rice to keep for long-term storage.  And after some time it became custom to just eat the roll without cooking.

There are many health benefits associated with eating sushi, especially when it contains fish.  Sushi contains many minerals and vitamins the body needs like many antioxidants and trace minerals such as calcium, copper, iodine, iron, and potassium.  The fish adds bonus proteins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B compounds. Additionally, since sushi is usually eaten raw or steamed (depending on the ingredients) and not fried, the nutrient from the diet is able to diffuse straight into our bodies instead of denaturing at high heat.

But in general, the healthier the ingredients used to make the sushi the better it is for your body. If you are looking for tasty foods while hoping to drop those pounds from winter blues, definitely give your taste buds a chance to try out this delicious appetizer!