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The Nutrition of Vegetable Sushi

by
author image Joseph McAllister
Joseph McAllister has worked as a writer since 2003. He has more than seven years of experience in training and coaching martial arts. McAllister writes for various websites on a variety of topics including martial arts, competition and fitness. He graduated from Liberty University on a full ride National Merit Scholarship with a Bachelor of Science in print journalism.
The Nutrition of Vegetable Sushi
A close-up of a vegetarian sushi roll. Photo Credit AnikaSalsera/iStock/Getty Images

Some sushi fans choose to eat vegetable sushi roll varieties, whether for health reasons or due to a vegetarian diet. You will find that vegetarian sushi is frequently a lower calorie option than ordinary sushi, which is typically made with fish, crab or meat. Many varieties of vegetarian sushi are nutritious. Make sure you compare the information from your favorite variety for any differences.

Options

If you choose the best types of vegetarian sushi, you can enjoy a delicious meal that also provides a wide variety of health benefits. Always select the options made from a base of brown rice rather than white rice whenever possible, since brown rice provides significantly more beneficial substances like protein and complex carbohydrates. Unfortunately, not all sushi stores and restaurants offer options made with both white and brown rice.

Pitfalls

You should avoid any type of vegetarian tempura sushi, which is usually rolled in batter and then fried. Also, pass on any varieties that include mayonnaise, cream cheese and similar substances as a filler, since they can send your meal's fat content and overall caloric intake total through the roof. Stick with the simple, clean types of sushi made from rice and vegetables, with no fatty extras.

Kroger Vegetable Roll

The Kroger vegetable roll contains 22 calories per roll, with no fat, no cholesterol and no sodium. It contains 5 g carbohydrates. It has no sugar content, but it also has no protein content. While this sushi roll is certainly not a bad choice for a nutritional perspective, you might prefer a slightly more substantial, filling roll for a dinner.

Sushi Avenue Vegetable Roll

The Sushi Avenue vegetable roll contains only 8 calories per roll. It contains no fat and no cholesterol, and only 6 mg sodium. It contains 0 g total carbohydrates and sugar, and 1 g protein. It is a light, nutritious choice, perfect for a healthy lunch. It is slightly more nutritious than the Kroger variety, except for the sodium content. In the case with the Kroger roll, you may want to make the meal more substantial and filling by switching to a brown rice variety.

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