How To Make Sushi Diabetes Friendly

sushiOne of the most popular dishes on a Japanese menu is sushi. Since the first sushi restaurants opened in the 1960s, sushi has soared in popularity. Today there are over 4,000 sushi restaurants across the states. You can even find sushi in your local specialty food market, supermarket or convenience store.

Traditional sushi is low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. However, “Americanized” decadent sushi – made with less healthy ingredients can be high in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and carbohydrate.

The following tips will make your sushi more diabetes friendly.

Get Familiar with the Varieties of Sushi

Nigiri is a favorite type in which a thumb-size mound of vinegared rice is topped off with a slice of raw fish.  Another familiar style of sushi is Maki, which is made by arranging a layer of dried seaweed on a bamboo mat, and then artfully arranging the ingredients (usually sushi rice, some fish and finely chopped vegetables) on the seaweed and rolling it tightly into a long tube. Ultimately, the roll is sliced crosswise into rounds with the seaweed serving as the outer covering.

Uramaki is sometimes called inside-out roll because the rice is on the outside and the seaweed is hidden inside. When raw fish is sliced thinly and served without anything added, it is called sashimi.

Go Easy On the Carbs

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