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Welcome To The Vitality Project!
As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project
Sushi is a Japanese dish which is composed of two major elements, rice and either fish or seafood. The rice utilized is short-grain Japanese white rice mixed with vinegar, sugar and salt. Some sushi is wrapped in nori, which is a green algae plant pressed and rolled into thin sheets. Nori is also available as a snack in Japanese cuisine. The Neta are the fish ingredients within the sushi. The most commonly used fish are tuna, salmon, mackerel and snapper. There are also other various types of seafood available for use as Neta and they include squid, shrimp, clams, eel and octopus. In addition, several types of vegetables are commonly used to make sushi and include avocado, cucumber, radish, soy beans, asparagus and pickled vegetables.
Sushi is typically eaten with various types of condiments such as pickled ginger, soy sauce and wasabi, a hot paste used to add flavor.
There are several different presentations of sushi. The most common of which is the rolled sushi where the rice or nori is on the outside of the various rolls of differing thicknesses. The rolled sushi is referred to as Makizushi and all the fillings or Neta are contained inside the roll. The other common form of sushi presentation is the Nigirizushi which is a hand-pressed serving of rice shaped into a rectangle on which the Neta is placed or tied to.
From a nutritional perspective, I consider sushi to be a very good choice. Firstly, sushi is low in saturated fat and calories but higher in protein, carbohydrates and various nutrients from the nori, vegetables, ginger and the wasabi. Sushi contains a healthy source of fat with the majority derived from the omega-3 family attributed to the use of fish and seafood Neta.
The nutritional information regarding sushi can differ somewhat. For instance, a typical California roll has 255 calories, 7 Gm. fat, 9 Gm. protein and 38 Gm. carbohydrate and 6 Gm. of fiber. A pre-made, take-out tray of various types of sushi containing 10 pieces has 495 calories, 12.7 Gm. fat, 62 Gm. carbohydrates and 35.4 Gm. protein.
The only issue I have a problem with is the amount of carbohydrate derived from white rice is considerable in sushi. If you are concerned about the amounts of white rice you eat, I would recommend that you consume sushi in smaller amounts or try types that contain less rice. Health risks associated with sushi are uncommon. All fish used to make sushi must be frozen before being served so the risk of contamination is not an issue. Tuna can contain mercury, so if you are pregnant or nursing, you can avoid the tuna Neta.
Of course deep-fried sushi is not recommended.
Yours in good health!