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Sushi Nutrition and Calories

Posted Mar 19 2011 8:12am


Every now and then, I love to go back and watch "Jackass". Yes, the first of the lot. And admit it, we all love Johnny Knoxville, even though his antics (along with the group's) can really gross you out.

While Jackass Number Two until their latest releases has really pushed the boundaries, I've really enjoyed coming back to watching this one over and over again because some bits of it were shot in Japan, a culture known to be conservative.

Causing mayhem like that in the city streets can always be hilarious but since the "Japanese connection" was pretty obvious in the first movie, Steve-O's segment known as "Wasabi snooters" would have sure as hell reminded you that Japanese food is a no-nonsense food.

And Sushi is no different either… and while most people in the United States are used to names such as the Avocado Roll, Kappa Maki and so on and so forth, you should know that 'sushi' has a very long and rich history that is very different than the form that you find it in today.

A History of Sushi

First of all, for folks who don't know what sushi is, it is actually a combination of cooked vinegar rice that is embellished with toppings of seafood, and since sushi is made in different regions of Japan, the toppings used might vary from region to region.

Sushi, in its earliest form, was known as Narezushi, and the uniqueness about the preparation was the fact that it took almost six months to make this type of Sushi that could be consumed at ease as it lasted for another six months.

And while there were several forms that evolved through the years, Nigirizushi remains its most popular as one can prepare it within minutes as no fermentation is required. The toppings used along with this kind of sushi spans all types of seafood from fish to squid and ever sea urchins as well. However, the popular choice till today is still the combination of fish and cooked rice.

And the United States is no stranger to sushi either, as the preparation itself has transformed into what we recognize it in its most popular forms such as Kappa Maki, the Avocado and California Roll.

Sushi Nutrition and Calories

While it is obvious that the Japanese do eat healthy food, the same cannot be said for the American people, and in making such a nasty generalization, it calls for some evidence.

If one makes a comparison between traditional Japanese sushi and American Sushi, the options that one has in the United States varies roughly between 130 to 500 calories while its traditional form is roughly anywhere between 40 to 65 calories per meal.

Even though there is such a stark difference between the two, sushi in both its forms is considered to be healthy to eat, and one just has to be careful to watch for the calorie content (as each chef adds their own ingredients) when ordering a meal.

In Closing

Whether you like Japanese food or not, don't even think about going the Steve-O way… wasabi as sure as hell isn't for sniffing but eating!

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