Is Sushi Safe for a Low-Sodium Diet?

Thanks to processed foods, most of us consume far more sodium than is advisable. Since this leads to high blood pressure and heart disease, it’s important for many people to find low-sodium food sources. So, how does sushi measure up?

If you’re on a low-sodium diet, the news is largely good. Most sushi is low in sodium. A good itamae is probably using about a teaspoon of salt to make about twelve cups of rice, which amounts to only about 200 milligrams of sodium in the average sushi meal. Since people trying to lower their sodium levels are advised to limit themselves to 1,500 milligrams per day, this is considered safe for a low-sodium diet.

For a low-sodium sushi meal, you’ll simply want to stay away from certain items. Consider eschewing soy sauce, for example. Further, the sauce used in unagi is generally sodium-rich. If you have any other questions about the salt content at our Japanese restaurant in Seattle, please talk to your server.