Sushi fattening?

02.10.07 | 1 Comment

Like many people at the beginning of the year, I find myself on a diet. I’ve been doing pretty well this year shedding nearly 15 lbs (6.8 kg) thus far. Unfortunately, I’ve still got some work to do in that front. As a consequence, I’ve been watching what I eat and how it affects weight loss.

I’ve always believed that sushi is a pretty healthy meal, not much “bad” fat, one tends to feel a little hungry not long after the meal. But, I was shocked to discover the actual kcal in each morsel. Just in case you’re interested, here’s a listing of some sushi favorites with associated kcal:

  • Nigiri Ebi (Shrimp 2 pcs.) – 72 kcal
  • Nigiri Maguro (Tuna 2 pcs.) – 90 kcal
  • Nigiri Sake (Salmon 2 pcs.) – 120 kcal
  • Nigiri Hamachi (Yellowtail 2 pcs.) – 120 kcal
  • Nigiri Hirami (Flounder 2 pcs.) – 78 kcal
  • Nigiri Ika (Squid 2 pcs.) – 78 kcal
  • Nigiri Kani (Crab 2 pcs.) – 90 kcal
  • Nigiri Saba (Mackerel 2 pcs.) – 120 kcal
  • Nigiri Unagi (Eel 2 pcs.) – 125 kcal
  • Nigiri Tako (Octopus 2 pcs.) – 76 kcal (and who knows how many kcal are burned chewing it!)
  • Kappa Maki (Cucumber roll 6 pcs) – 105 kcal
  • Tekka Maki (Tuna roll 6 pcs) – 145 kcal

Individually, none of these are going to kill you. But if you order too many at one time (read, Mike last night at dinner) you’re sure to pay for it at the scale the next day. This doesn’t factor the ginger, soy sauce, and wasabi nor the impact of any adult beverages. No doubt, sushi tastes wonderful and is a good meal. But like anything else, it needs to be eaten in moderation (note to self: go easy on the nigiri next time.)

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