Sushi is advertised as light and healthy, and many people think it’s as far from junk food as you can get.
Sushi restaurants are typically considered safe havens for diners trying to watch their weight or grab a guilt-free snack. They have this reputation because their ingredients are, more or less, transparent. There are no hidden additives or preservatives; it’s just rice and fish and usually seaweed— but this simple arrangement of ingredients can be misleading.
The sushi that has been at the foundation of the Japanese diet for centuries differs from what’s in your local grocery store. So-called California, Philadelphia, and tempura rolls are all Western adaptations of “sushi,” loaded with calories, sugar, and salt that are absent from simply sliced raw fish. Their tastes, textures, and flavors are designed for the American palate.
While many varieties of sushi are good for you, just as many aren’t. Here's the raw truth about sushi.