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Cape Town, known to be one of the most diverse cities in the world, is home to so many different cultures. The best thing about this is that we get to experience food from all over the world, right here. For the past few years, I should say, one of the biggest trends in foods had to be Sushi. As if the Japanese took over Cape Town & demanded it as a new law.. The epidemic spread like wild fire & thank the sushi gods that it did! 🙂

Besides its delicious taste, the health benefits of these little hand made miracles are just as impressive. As women, we try to avoid as much unhealthy foods as we can, but because fast foods are so convenient to buy, we end up chewing away on more calories than we want. Luckily, sushi contains all the ingredients we need to have a healthy diet without having to worry about the weight we’re putting on. I absolutely love it!

So if you aren’t already a fan, here are some facts that are wise to know:

RICE

  • Good source of energy & supplies protein
  • Excellent source of carbohydrates
  • Gluten-free which makes it suitable for wheat allergies
  • Aids in digestive disorders & relieves diarrhoea

SEAWEED (Nori)

  • High mineral content
  • Rich in iodine (copper, calcium, magnesium) for a healthy thyroid
  • Highly nutritious
  • Contains proteins, vitamins A, B & C
  • The darker the nori, the higher the quality

FRESH FISH

  • High consumption of fresh fish can protect smokers against lung cancer
  • Contains Omega 3 fatty acids that protects the heart against disease
  • Improves healthy blood circulation
  • Protects against arthritis

GINGER

  • Seen as a palate cleanser on a sushi dish to mark the end of one type of sushi before starting the next
  • Natural antiseptic that helps fight against colds & flu’s
  • Therapeutic effects
  • Wards of sea sickness
  • Can protect against respiratory illnesses
  • Chewing on ginger helps with toothache

WASABI 

  • A green paste said to cleanse the palate
  • Contains a high amount of vitamin C
  • Contains compounds that can help prevent tooth decay
  • Has anti-bacterial properties
  • Can prevent blood clots if eaten regularly

SOY SAUCE

  • Made from crushed soya beans, salt, wheat & yeast
  • Has a very high salt content
  • Should be avoided if you have high blood pressure
  • Can protect against cancer, heart disease, pre-menstrual cycle & osteoporosis (thinning of the bones)
  • Helps with menopausal symptoms because it contains phytoestrogens
  • Best to get your dose through soya milk or tofu

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Happy eating dolls 🙂

xxx

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