How Many Calories ... in Spicy Tuna Rolls?Posted on Sep 17th 2008 6:30AM by Martha Edwards
If such a thing existed, I'd be a card-carrying member of SLA -- sushi lovers anonymous. I'm addicted to the stuff. In fact, I could probably eat it every day. I don't, but I could.
There are worse addictions, of course. Sushi is low in fat and high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, so it's no wonder the Japanese are some of the healthiest people in the world. But we Westerners have a tendency to take healthy things and and 'Americanize' them -- also known as doing whatever we can to make them tastier and more marketable.
Sushi is no exception. What started as rice, fish and seaweed now comes in hundreds of different flavours and colours. Don't get me wrong -- I'm not complaining about those spicy mayo-laden tuna rolls I love so dearly, but I can't help but wonder what we've done to the nutritional value of sushi.
|156 cal||503 (29.8%)|
|414 cal||716 (42.5%)|
|526 cal||303 (18.0%)|
|653 cal||164 (9.7%)|
According to the Daily Plate, a Spicy Tuna Roll has 653 calories and 9 g of fat. That's for 12 pieces of sushi, or a full role. That's pretty steep for a 'healthy' food, especially considering a Big Mac only has 576 calories. What ingredient makes the spicy tuna roll so scandalous? You guessed it -- the spicy mayo. If you're counting calories, stay away from rolls that have mayo or cream cheese, and be sure to also avoid the 'crunchy' rolls -- often, that crunch comes from tempura, which is deep fried.
But don't lose faith, sushi lovers. Sushi is healthy if you make the right choices. Keep these numbers in mind:
- A California Roll typically has less than 300 calories
- Shrimp Nigiri (fish on rice) has about 44 calories per piece
- Three pieces of salmon Sashimi has about 99 calories
- Salmon Maki has around 110 calories in four pieces.