Sushi may contain even more calories than a Big Mac and fries, nutritionist Rachel Beller says.
In her book, “Eat to lose, eat to win,” she writes that a light lunch of sushi can contain excess calories and carbohydrates.
She explains that a typical sushi roll contains 290 to 350 calories, and the amount of carbohydrates content is equivalent to 2.5 – 4 slices of bread. So, a California roll is like two sandwiches with crab sticks, a slice of avocado and some vegetables.
The nutritionist also points out that sushi contains little fish. Doctors say that a serving of fish should weigh 140 grams, but the fish in a California roll weighs 5 grams. So to get a portion of 140 grams, it is necessary to eat 28 sushi, or even more, if you choose a set of different sushi, including vegetarian ones.
The main ingredient of sushi is sticky white rice. Sometimes it makes up 75% of a sushi. Like the long-grained white rice, it is thoroughly processed, which makes it lose vitamins, minerals and fiber. This rice is cooked with sugar. Thus, a “healthy” lunch of sushi has a lot of carbohydrates and sugar.