But there are some aspects of a sushi meal that are not always so healthy.
- Regular soy sauce. 1 tablespoon contains about 900 mg of sodium. Cut down by using low-sodium soy sauce, often designated by a green cap in the restaurants.
- Imitation wasabi. Surprise, surprise. That little green pat of paste on your plate might not be the real thing. Check with your server in a polite manner, and if it's imitation, be sure to request the real deal. Imitation wasabi contains oil, extra sugars, and lactose.
- Tempura rolls. All that fried dough for the tempura adds a lot of calories, fat, and sodium. Swap for a regular roll, with fish roe (fish eggs).
- Rolls containing cream cheese. There are many rumors floating about as to how these came to exist in Japanese sushi culture. A common story is that it originates from a Japanese and South American food fusion. Regardless, the cream cheese (or sometimes mayo) add a lot of fat to the meal. Swap for healthier rolls with only fish and vegetable. Suggestions include tuna sashimi, cucumber rolls, and California rolls.