SUSHI: Yay or Nay?

For some, it’s merely disgusting, expensive “raw fish”. To others, it’s “heaven in chopsticks”, worth every penny paid. Sushi is a Japanese food consisting of cooked vinegared rice combined with other ingredients like seafood, vegetables and sometimes tropical fruits. Nare-Zushi, the original sushi, first appeared in the 15th century in South-East Asia, the original word means “sour-tasting”.

Sushi has evolved from its original state. Now when you think of it, you likely think of nigiri or maki (rolls). See our previous post on “Sushi for Everyone” here to learn more about the various types of sushi and how everyone can find something that they will enjoy (even if they don’t think they can).



Sushi contains health benefits including but not limited to, high protein levels from the raw fish, rich quantities of carbohydrates from the rice, and many vitamins and minerals. Various vitamins and minerals are also found in the vegetables included in sushi maki. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered to be the top health benefit from sushi; it is also naturally low in fat.

Sushi has some health risks as well. For example, in rare cases, consumers can be infected by parasites that come from eating raw fish. Mercury poisoning is also a risk, when sushi is consumed in large quantities. Doctors advise women who might become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children, not to have this dish mainly for the aforementioned reasons. In fact, EU regulations forbid the use of fresh raw fish. It must be frozen at temperatures below −20 °C (−4 °F) in all parts of the product for no less than 24 hours.

Sushi has become a food trend in Lebanon, with an increase in the number of Japanese-themed restaurants serving this traditional dish. For an average of $33/person you can fulfill your ‘sushi cravings’ in Beirut. ‘Open Sushi night’ is becoming a common concept here to promote and spread this dish among the public. It seems that sushi has no mid-level, you’re either a Sushi-natic, or someone who holds their breath at the sound of the word.

Are you considering having a dinner party at home?  Have one of our private chefs create a meal for you. We recommend you look at Chef Giovanni‘s menu and Chef Sleiman for more seafood wonders! As the Japanese say, “Itadakimasu (Let’s eat)!”