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Does sushi fit into a healthy eating plan?

I was wondering if (and how) sushi can fit into a healthy eating plan. It might be my only true weakness!

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Sushi roll of raw salmon and avocado

Sushi certainly has a place in a healthy diet. I eat sushi about once a week or so and it is well known that the Japanese have very low rates of heart disease.

As a physician, I caution my patients to make sure you know that the restaurant is a good one. I don't eat sushi at simply any restaurant. Cleanliness is important in all restaurants, but it's especially so in those serving raw fish: I have walked out of more than one sushi restaurant that did not appear clean. Likewise, a very busy restaurant is more likely to have very fresh fish.

Sushi is not a weakness - it is a strength. Enjoy!

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS
Dr. Gourmet