Yes, it is common knowledge that sushi is one of the healthiest foods you can turn to if you want to have a gluten-free diet. Eating fresh fish and fresh vegetables with plain rice gives the idea of a healthier diet leading to a healthy life. You may be tempted to stick to eating sushi as frequently as you can to maintain this diet. However, as the saying goes: you can’t have too much of a good thing.
Despite sushi being generally healthy, there are risks eating too much sushi can result to. If you love sushi so much and you have it on a regular basis, you may want to slow down a bit.
Here are some dangers of eating too much sushi:
The most popular risk of eating sushi is the possibility of getting roundworms or other parasites. Raw fish is one of the main components of sushi. Uncooked fish, when not prepared properly, has great risks of producing parasites and bacteria that are dangerous to your health and may affect the digestive system when consumed. These bacteria and parasites can be killed by freezing the raw fish for days in extremely high temperature using high powered freezers. To prevent being exposed to these bacteria and parasites, make sure that you only eat sushi from trusted, responsible restaurants. These restaurants have professionals who know how to expertly handle raw seafood and have the freezers required killing off bacteria. Also, avoid preparing sushi rolls at home, or just opt to prepare veggie filled sushi rolls instead of using raw fish or seafood.
Mercury poisoning is another risk of eating too much sushi. Fish live in open waters and are exposed to mercury. When we consume these fish, especially the large ones such as tuna (which is commonly used in sushi or sashimi), we also ingest the mercury these fish have in their bodies. You might want to slow down on the tuna, just to be safe.
While it’s true that sushi has low calorie, eating too much sushi won’t result in a healthier body. Since sushi is usually served in small portions, it’s a bit harder to track if you eat too much.
Additionally, too much soy sauce consumption can lead to dangerous neurological side effects; and soy sauce is usually served with sushi.
You don’t necessarily have to give up your favorite Japanese snack because of the possible health risks. The positive health benefits you can gain from eating sushi may outweigh the possible risks if you just learn how to manage your diet better and practice eating sushi moderately.