Got plans of going to the fantastic sushi restaurant that you always wanted to try out? You ought to hold off there for a second. Sushi is no longer the healthy and tasty snack that we once knew. Recently, scientists have rung the alarm bells and declared that the contents of some sushi preparations might kill you!
Yes, it is true no matter how shocking it may sound; the next plate of sushi you have might just be your last. What are the reasons? Keep on reading to find out.
Researchers have found that a variety of tapeworm known to infect salmon has been discovered in the fish belonging from US waters. The parasite is known as Japanese broad tapeworm, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can grow up to 30 feet in length.
Researchers also say that most people become infected show no symptoms aside from diarrhea, abdominal pain, and weight loss. With time, the infection can also cause a deficiency of vitamin B12 within the infected. Even though this treatable, it’s best not to eat sushi from just any local joint.
However, tapeworms are not the only cause of worry. These are some of the other ways how sushi might be poisoning your body:
1. Ginger used as a palate cleanser
The health benefits of ginger are undoubtedly praiseworthy as they can help in curing a range of conditions such as nausea to asthma to arthritis. However, the pickled ginger served alongside the sushi often contains harmful chemicals such as monosodium glutamate, potassium sorbate, and artificial colors. These are not healthy for your body.
2. Soy sauce that you use to mix with wasabi your dunk the sushi
Regular soy sauce served alongside sushi also contains a range of additives that are better not consumed. Some of the questionable ingredients soy sauce contain are hydrolyzed soy protein (MSG), corn syrup, GM ingredients (soy and corn), potassium sorbate (preservative), and others. Caramel color is also considered to be carcinogenic in nature.
3. Wasabi that is used to enhance flavor
Wasabi, also known in some parts as Japanese mustard, has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. However, you don’t find the authentic wasabi that comes from the root of Wasabia japonica everywhere. Authentic wasabi is very hard to find even in Japan, and it is estimated that only 5% restaurants serve the real thing.
So what is the green thing that you’re eating with sushi? It is most likely a mixture of Chinese mustard, European horseradish, and cheap green food coloring. According to a recent report, it was found that wasabi contains artificial flavors, artificial colors, and potential GM ingredients. To taste the real wasabi, you may have to do a bit more searching for the ideal eating joint.
4. Mercury poisoning
Even though tuna is the best fish for making sushi, it is known to have a notoriously high amount of mercury content. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can wreck havoc on our body and is usually found in fish such as marlin, swordfish, tuna, and shark.
Some common symptoms of mercury poisoning include tingling sensation throughout the body, vision impairment, uncoordinated movement and speech, muscle weakness, and walking difficulties. So even if you are getting authentic tuna, there is always a chance that excessive consumption may land you in trouble.
5. Various garnishes
Seaweed used to make seaweed salad is an excellent source of vitamins, iodine, and minerals as long as it comes from non-polluted waters. However, the salad sold in many sushi restaurants come premade in bulk quantities from various distribution companies. These may contain high fructose, corn syrup, artificial color, monosodium glutamate, etc.
Believe it or not, sesame seeds used for garnishing may also contain hidden chemical ingredients. While it’s normal for most restaurants to use roasted sesame seeds in their dishes, some prefer using a flavored variety that may contain artificial sweeteners and artificial colors. Sesame seeds are also considered to be allergens.
Is there any alternative?
Yes, you can always learn how to make a great sushi at home and pick up the ingredients carefully after investigating. That way, you minimize the chances of consuming harmful substances that are frequently found in sushi served by restaurants. Otherwise, you’ll need to give up this traditional Japanese delicacy forever.