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Is Sushi Really Japan's Secret, To Healthy Living And Long Life?

Dec 30, 2007
Sushi is being reported as being just one of the reasons the Japanese have the lowest levels worldwide of obesity and heart disease. Lets look at why this is and how more and more Americans are enjoying the great taste and health benefits of Sushi.

Sushi has become increasingly popular a delicious but simple combination of rice soaked in rice wine and raw fish has become a massive favorite amongst American and European dinners a like. After all who can resist it enticing and delicate flavor which for some reason just isn't the same with out firery wasabi paste.

The taste of wasabi or wasabe paste as many know it has may be more than just a basic accompaniment to the sushi. It is said that the wasabe kills the bacteria in fish even if the fish is not exceptionally fresh.

Eating sushi can be quite expensive, owing to the fact that it is labor intensive to make. The first big challenge is getting really fresh fish, definitely not just the ones that sell in the typical wet market. You have to find the fish market that sells sushi-grade fish. In some cases, they will help do the deboning for you, but for a fee, of course.

Preparing the sushi yourself is an option but can be quite labor intensive and probably best left to the professionals. You will need to use a very sharp knife and be proficient in it's use. There are now a number of good sushi books available but most people still prefer it ready prepared or dine out.

Be aware that this is not all about the fish and is much more about the skill of the knife. Prepare sushi with out the required knife skills and it will look soggy and grainy- It will look as if the fish has been attacked rather than prepared with great skill.

You won't be able to buy cheap rice either. Only quality Japanese sushi rice ideally cooked in a rice cooker will create the desired result. Don't be skimpping to save a few bucks. Also if you choose sashimi another delicate japanese preparation of fish be prepared to not expect rice as it will not be served unless requested as an extra.

Sushi types are many, but all include rice. The nigiri or hand-made sushi is the typical sushi and is ordered and served in pairs. Another type includes sushi rolls, or maki, which are made with sheets of seaweed (nori) and served as six slices. There is also pressed sushi or oshi, which is cut into small squares. And finally, there is stuffed bean curd rolls, or inarizushi.

Here are many more sushi styles. Saikuzushi, or festival sushi is an art form. Rice is tinted different colors, sectioned off and rolled. When it is sliced, complex images are created. Chirashizushi, or scattered sushi, is rice spread in a box or bowl with nine kinds of fish and vegetables scattered on top or mixed in with the rice. Chakinzushi is sushi rice in a thin omelet wrapper shaped and tied like a lady's drawstring purse. Sometimes a single pea or small shrimp decorates the ruffled part of the wrapper.

Makezushi consist of sushi rice combined with vegetables, and seafood that has been molded into special bowls of square tins and covered with pieces of sliced omelet, shrimp and vegetables. Another variation on this theme is Fukusazushi where where the molded rice is wrapped in a sheet of omelet and then turned over to hide the joins and garnished with a ribbon of seaweed (nori) and ginger.

Finally we have Temarizushi which are rice balls wrapped in thinly sliced marinated fish. Itadakimasu! (enjoy eating)
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Before you begin any diet or weight loss plan on the net, make sure you read Graham Fosters' excellent free report on how he lost 22.5lbs in weight in only 5 short weeks without any diet pills, fad diets or exercising like a Navy Seal!
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