Sushi is generally made with white rice and sweet rice vinegar, fresh vegetables, seaweed, sesame seeds, and cooked or raw seafood. Like many other Japanese foods, sushi tends to be low in fat, cholesterol, and calories.
In addition, sushi that has seafood as an ingredient is often an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which lower the risk of blood clots and decrease triglyceride levels.
The fresh vegetables in most sushi also have essential vitamins and minerals. The seaweed wrapping for these rolls is rich in micronutrients and phytochemicals.
Learning About Delicious Sushi!
There are four main types of sushi you can order:
Nigiri sushi: nigiri means "grab". These are hand pressed balls of rice with raw fish on top and bit of wasabi between the fish and rice.
Sashimi: sliced raw fish (technically not sushi since the term sushi refers to the rice and sashimi is not prepared with any rice).
Maki sushi: maki means "roll". The maki sushi is rolled with bamboo mats. Traditionally the seaweed is on the outside; rice on the outside is called 'inside-out' (ie: California roll).
Temaki is a hand rolled version of Maki. It is cone shaped like an ice cream cone.