It's been well known for years that residents of Japan live a full four years longer on average than Americans. Studies over the last 15 years by the World Health Organization clearly show their longevity is linked to the fact that they eat small, fresh meals with nutrient dense ingredients. A perfect example of this is sushi!
If you are thinking about making a change to your diet but don't want to adhere to many of today's popular diets that are impossibly restrictive, consider simply replacing a couple of meals each week with sushi from GENKI. This could help you reduce the amount of highly processed, fatty foods you're eating and replace it with healthier options with the nutrients your body is craving.
Here's why you should start eating more sushi.
Fish is Seriously Good For You
Okay, so we get it. You may not be a person who wants to eat a lot of raw fish. At GENKI, we offer plenty of fresh alternatives in our sushi, including our blackened tuna roll as well as fresh cucumber and avocado rolls.
But the real health is found in the fish with its high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. This is something that isn't just good for you, your body needs it to function. Eating even small servings of fish can lower your triglycerides (blood fats), reducing your risk for heart attacks.
Nori is the "Icing On the Cake"
Think about just one serving of sushi and the benefits contained within your fresh sushi roll. The outer wrapping of a sushi roll, called Nori, is chock full of nutrients, including vitamins A, B-6 and C. Nori is edible seaweed, and a recent study showed that a diet rich in seaweed can reduce blood pressure. It is also rich in Iodine, which you need to maintain a healthy and functioning thyroid.
In addition, a recent study by the National Institute of Health showed a dramatic decrease in the fasting blood glucose levels of people with type 2 diabetes who consumed 48 grams daily of seaweed.
Ginger = Antioxidants
Long used for its medicinal purposes in treating nausea, ginger, has always been considered a palate cleanser in the Asian food culture. But take just a tiny sliver of the aromatic root and you will boost your level of antioxidants and compounds that have been shown to reduce inflammation and lower blood sugar.
Wasabi Clears Your Head
Soy sauce is a favorite for sushi lovers, but wasabi is where it's at when providing your sushi with that added kick. It's a great way to take away the temptation for heavy, fatty sauces, which add calories to an otherwise incredibly healthy meal, and still make each bite pop. Wasabi is made from the stem of a Japanese plant with a thick, green root. It's full of vitamin C and is said to have antibacterial qualities.
Wrap it Up With Green Tea
Green tea has become famous for its ability to help fight cancer and heart disease. Studies have shown that the tannins (also found in quality red wines at GENKI) aid in digestion. In studies conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center, green tea has also been shown to help prevent hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol and cancer, especially bladder cancer. Studies also showed that the polyphenols in green tea inhibited the growth of breast cancer cells.
It's so Easy
GENKI makes it easy and economical to make those small, healthy changes that really could make a difference in your life. We offer the best options and a wide variety for Asian fusion. We create our sushi with the freshest ingredients, like tuna, salmon, butterfish and more. We also use top quality, fresh vegetables. So make plans to drop in more often and see how enjoying our always fresh sushi changes your health. We hope to see you at the sushi bar soon!