I started off with the wakame salad, which I’ve become obsessed with ever since I tried it a month or two ago.
Then I ordered two rolls: a salmon roll and a tuna roll. I also ate the 3 pieces of California roll from Chris’ bento box, since he doesn’t like them. Silly boy!
I was a little disappointed with the sushi here. It was pretty dry and didn’t taste that fresh! So I guess I’ll have to go out for sushi again soon to make up for it. ;)
Since I’m already talking about fish here, now is a good time to pull out my nerd glasses and talk a little science with you about a health favourite: omega-3’s. Obviously we all know they’re good for us, but I think what the average person doesn’t know is that not all omega-3’s are created equal!
Walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp seed, and omega-3 enriched eggs are all great sources, but only of a certain omega-3: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is considered an essential fatty acid because our bodies cannot make it, so we must get it from our food.
Theoretically, ALA is then converted to other omega 3’s in our bodies in a chain of reactions that looks like this:
Since EPA and DHA can be made, they are not considered essential nutrients. BUT, that conversion in our bodies is super inefficient because the enzymes are busy working on other conversions. Namely, conversions in the omega-6 family. And because we eat so many more omega-6’s than omega-3’s, those enzymes are super busy!
So even though EPA and DHA aren’t technically considered “essential” it’s still best to get them from the diet. For the most part, this means FISH. Most plants are very poor sources of EPA and DHA.
No meat? No problem! If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can get these nutrients from fish oil pills. But read the label carefully to make sure they contain DHA and EPA. Fish oil pills still make you squeamish? Then you can also get DHA and EPA from certain microalgaes. Check your health food store for supplements.
And just a quick reminder about why EPA and DHA are so good for you:
- They produce anti-inflammatory compounds in the body
- They are good for cardiovascular health and help to prevent heart disease
- DHA is important for optimal brain and visual function
- Sufficient levels of EPA and DHA may help to prevent depression
- EPA and DHA may help to prevent or slow certain chronic dieases, such as arthritis, alzheimer's, and inflammatory bowel diseases
Favourite type of sushi?
How do you get EPA and DHA in your diet?