by Rose Cole
I love Sushi.
No, like I really love it. It is delicious, and super nutritious all at the same time. It is chock full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (as all Fish is, but with it being raw, they are super concentrated), and literally is “brain food”.
A lot of people here in Cali, and in major cities throughout the U.S., eat Sushi on a regular basis, but others are wary.
There are a ton of rumors out there about sushi and parasites. Well, the fact of the matter is, a lot of them are true.
It is a cold hard fact that raw fish can contain parasites. Specifically, round worms are the main danger.
Should you contract a round worm; the symptoms can be quite nasty – including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
So, why would I or anyone else want to take that risk?
Because the risk really isn’t that huge. It is possible, but not probable.
The first point I have is that, most Sushi is salt water fish, and the risk is much greater in fish from fresh water.
Next, modern Sushi was “invented” in the late 1700s in Tokyo as “fast food” for the workers of the city. It is basically the evolution of a dish that was first served 800 years before that, but has always been called Sushi. Think about the millions of Japanese people who ate Sushi before anyone else did.
If it was that dangerous, would they have continued it?
And my final point is that every Sushi restaurant has a condiment that naturally kills any parasite that might be present – Wasabi.
Wasabi is a root that grows in high mountain streams in Japan and is extremely valuable. It has a strong medicinal value. It is known to decrease the incidence of high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack, as well as help with diarrhea and other stomach illnesses. A recent study suggests that it may even attack some cancer cells!
Many Sushi restaurants only carry paste Wasabi, which is created from dried or powdered wasabi, and does not have the medicinal value that “real” or “fresh” wasabi does. Many varieties of paste wasabi don’t even contain any wasabi at all – it’s just a mix of horseradish, mustard and food coloring.
Don’t let that keep you away though.
The really good restaurants will have real wasabi that they save for the really expensive dishes they offer. And since you are a hottie, just bat your eyes at your sushi chef and politely ask him if he might have any “real” or “fresh” wasabi.
I bet he’ll be able to find some for you!
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