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How To Enjoy Sushi Risk-Free

Load up on wasabi.

Sushi may be delicious, but it’s not always as healthy as we hope it would be. Yes, fish is essentially healthy, but its uncooked form makes it more prone to parasites, heavy metals (like mercury), and bacteria. 

If you love sushi as much as we do, you probably won’t mind taking the risk, so here are a few tips we found on to keep in mind next time you treat yourself to a plate of this raw delicacy.

1. Eat it with wasabi.
Not only does it add flavor, but it also naturally kills parasites.

2. Choose saltwater fish over fresh-water fish.
Saltwater fish are more likely to be less infected than fresh-water fish. Try albacore, Atlantic cod, rockfish, eel, flounder, grouper, halibut, Pacific bluefin tuna, or swordfish.

3. Don’t consume wild-caught fish. Opt for farmed ones instead.
Farmed fish are raised in controlled environments, making them less prone to parasites. If you’re roughing it out or going camping, make sure to cook your fish over a fire instead of eating it raw.

4. Ask for young fish.
Because they have been around for less time than older fish, they are not as exposed to bacteria and parasites.

5. Tuna is your safest bet.
Tuna are fast-moving fish and can rarely be found in parasite-infected environments. because of this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require them to be frozen to kill parasites. The downside, however, is that tuna contains a high amount of mercury compared to other fish, so try not to consume too much in one sitting.


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