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Sushi Is Actually Not As Healthy As You Thought! Here’s Why

Sushi Is Actually Not As Healthy As You Thought! Here’s Why

It’s true that Japanese cuisine is among the world’s healthiest, and its most popular delicacy, sushi, has been described many times as a great health food. But, because of its immense popularity, sushi has been “westernized” to fit the palate and preferences of people in the western world. It has been added with delicious, but unhealthy, ingredients like cream cheese.

Not to mention, sushi is now being mass produced and sold in supermarkets everywhere. As you can expect, most of these no longer contain the health benefits of high-standard (and expensive) sushi that you can buy in first-class Japanese restaurants.

Sushi loads up on calories and carbs

If you think that you’re speeding up your weight loss efforts with this favorite Japanese food, think again. One sushi roll has 300 to 350 calories. And it’s not as if you’re going to eat only one. A typical sushi pack contains two to three rolls. That’s a total of 1,050 calories. Obviously, it’s not as low-calorie as you expect.

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Consuming the right amount of calories is one of the keys to a healthy diet. That’s why you can’t afford to be misinformed when it comes to this matter. You have to know exactly how many calories you’re packing in, or else you might be gaining weight without realizing it.

Sushi has very little protein

It’s a common misconception that sushi is a good source of protein. Most people believe that they’re getting their week’s worth of protein portions from eating two or more sushi servings a day. The truth is, there is very little protein in sushi.

According to Seafish.org, nutrition experts recommend eating two portions of fish a week. A portion would typically be around 140 grams. The fish that you’ll find in a sushi roll is only five grams. This means that you’d have to consume 56 rolls to get the recommended fish intake. So, unless you’re eating this much sushi, which you’re likely not, then you’re not getting enough protein from it.

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Sushi may contain traces of mercury

A scary thing about sushi is that its fish ingredients may contain traces of mercury. Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that negatively affects the nervous system and endocrine system.

Tuna, which has a high concentration of mercury, is the most common type of fish used in making sushi. Mercury poisoning can cause vision impairment, body tingling, lack of body coordination, speech difficulty, and muscle weakness.

Sushi is too salty

Another thing to worry about is sushi’s high sodium content. A pack of sushi typically contains four and a half grams of salt. That’s almost the daily maximum intake of six grams! The rice is usually cooked with salt and soy sauce. The same is true for the fish and pickled vegetables right in the middle.

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And if you’re going to dip your sushi in soy sauce, which is the traditional way of eating it, you’re definitely going overboard. Do remember that a tablespoon of soy sauce contains 1,006 milligrams of sodium.

Sushi may contain parasites

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discourages people from eating raw seafood as this means exposure to various types of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Sushi that’s not been cooked according to set standards has been found to contain parasites. Unpleasant results include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain. In some cases, parasites can also destroy the lining of the digestive tract and stomach.

You’ve loved sushi for most of your life. And these facts certainly put it in bad light. But do remember that sushi—the high quality kind—is not all bad. You just have to be careful in your choices. It is like all healthy food — when the trend starts, unhealthy versions pop up and ruin it for everyone else.

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Featured photo credit: Kimishowota via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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