I feel as if there are two types of people in this world; the enlightened people who enjoy sushi, and the misguided who do not or just haven’t had the chance to enlighten themselves yet. Before this year, I was a part of the group of those who had not yet been enlightened by the sublime taste of sushi. All that changed when I had tried sushi for the first time earlier this year. I saw the light; my eyes were opened to a whole new world of flavor. To my surprise though, when I told others of my discovery, I often got negativity in return. “Sushi doesn’t sound like something I’d like,” or “raw fish just isn’t appealing to meal,” are two staples of the sort of response I’d get after sharing my enthusiasm for the Japanese dish. That’s why I am here now to use my voice and the platform given to me as writer to preach the gospel and explain to you why you should try sushi.
The first thing I’d like to say is that sushi can be raw or cooked, meaning you don’t have to eat raw fish if you don’t want to, there is a large variety of sushi to explore so you have options. Secondly, I would like to point out the many health benefits that comes with eating sushi. One of these benefits is that sushi can reduce inflammation. According to WebMD, chronic inflammation is associated with higher risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Sushi can combat this, however, through the Omega-3 fatty acids found in the fish used in many different types of sushi that help to reduce chronic inflammation and those associated risks. The seaweed that’s used to wrap sushi, Nori, also has anti-inflammatory properties as well. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week and sushi is a great way to fulfill that. My third point is that sushi just tastes really good, but it’s a unique taste. Eating sushi for the first time can be interesting because if you might be eating a type of sushi that just isn’t really your style or the restaurant you’re eating at just isn’t that good. I thought I really liked sushi after my first time I ate it, but then I went to a better restaurant and after eating the sushi there my eyes had widened. It’s all about trying it and giving it a chance. You’ll never know, you might just find your new food obsession.