Presentation -- with its bold colors and shapes -- is just as important as flavor when it comes to sushi, and the vibrant sweet potato makes an aesthetically pleasing choice for a roll. Most sweet potato sushi rolls are made with tempura-style, or fried, sweet potatoes and may be higher in fat than other sushi rolls. Knowing the nutrition information can help you determine how it fits into your diet plan.
Because it is a handcrafted food, your sweet potato sushi roll's nutrition information can vary, depending on the maker of the roll and the proportion of ingredients. The calories in a six-piece sweet potato tempura sushi roll can range from 105 to 277 calories. By comparison, a six-piece California sushi roll can have up to 400 calories. When trying to limit your calorie intake for weight loss, the tempura-style sweet potato sushi roll may make a better lower calorie choice.
The fat content of a sweet potato sushi roll can also vary, ranging from 0.5 grams to 14 grams per six-piece serving. By comparison, the California sushi roll contains 5 grams of total fat. The sweet potato sushi roll is low in saturated fat and cholesterol with about 0.5 grams saturated fat and 15 milligrams cholesterol. Limiting your intake of saturated fat and dietary cholesterol can reduce your risk of developing high blood cholesterol levels. Your saturated fat intake should be less than 10 percent of your daily calorie intake, and dietary cholesterol less than 300 milligrams a day.
Both the sweet potato and the rice contribute to the carbohydrate content of the sweet potato sushi roll. One six-piece roll serving contains 22 to 48 grams of carbohydrates, and about 2.9 grams of fiber. Carbohydrates in food supply your body with energy. Your daily carbohydrate intake varies, depending on your calorie needs, but it should range from 45 to 65 percent of your total calorie intake. For perspective, if you follow a 2,000-calorie diet, you need about 225 to 325 grams of carbohydrates a day.
The sweet potato sushi roll contains 2 to 4.5 grams of protein, not a significant source. However, if you eat a balanced diet, you should be able to meet your protein needs from other food sources. In general, adult women need about 46 grams of protein a day, and adult men need about 56 grams a day.
Sushi can be high in sodium. However, the sweet potato sushi roll makes a low-sodium choice with 9 to 125 milligrams sodium per serving. Consuming too much sodium can increase your risk of high blood pressure; try to keep your daily intake to less than 2,300 milligrams a day.
Vitamins and Minerals
Although not a significant source of vitamins and minerals, the sweet potato sushi roll provides 76 milligrams of calcium, 4.5 milligrams of vitamin C and 32 milligrams of magnesium.
- My Fitness Pal: Calories in Sushi Sweet Potato Tempura Roll
- Quick Sushi.com: Menu: Nutrition Information
- My Fitness Pal: Calories in California Sushi Roll
- McKinley Health Center: Macronutrients: The Importance of Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Dietary Guidelines for Americans