Your Sushi-Roll Selector

Sushi-Roll Nutrition Indicator ~ Weight Loss

So many of us have jumped on the sushi bandwagon.

It's a fun change to regular dining options.

Is it a "healthy" dining option though?

Unlike the Japanese, who favor sashimi and nigiri-style sushi, the vast majority of sushi consumed in this country comes in roll form.

And nowhere does the potential for seriously healthy eats or nutritional negligence oscillate so wildly than in these rice-stuffed seaweed bites.

Better take a second to digest our version of a roll call, listed from the best to the worst.

(Nutrition stats are for an entire 6 to 8 piece roll.)

Rainbow Sushi

Nori, rice, avocado, surimi, plus a variety of raw fish arranged on top.

476 calories

16 g. fat

33 g. protein

6 g. fiber

50 g. carbohydrates

Higher in calories than most rolls you’ll find, but loaded as this is with substantial portions of myriad raw fish, most of those calories are the good kind.

Rainbow rolls are typically large, so a single order and a bowl of miso soup make a filling dinner.

Cucumber Sushi-Roll

Nori, rice, cucumber

136 calories

0 g. fat

6 g. protein

3.5 g. fiber

30 g. carbohydrates

It’s hard to go wrong with cucumbers and seaweed.

Though not a nutritional powerhouse, cucumbers are a low-calorie delivery

system for vitamins-A and C, fiber and silica, a compound that has been shown to foster healthy skin.

Avocado Roll

Nori, rice, avocado

140 calories

5.5 g. fat


2 g. protein


6 g. fiber


28 g. carbohydrates

Most of the calories in this vegetarian roll come from healthy monounsaturated fats.

Avocado makes a great addition to any roll, since a sushi-size portion also contains about 3 grams of fiber.

Tuna Sushi-Roll

Nori, rice, tuna

184 calories

2 g. fat

24 g. protein

3.5 g. fiber

27 g. carbohydrates

More than half of the calories in this simple, classic roll come from protein, making it a great light meal or a snack with substance.

California Roll

Nori, rice, avocado, surimi

255 calories

7 g. fat

9 g. protein

6 g. fiber

38 g. carbohydrates

The ubiquitous fusion roll is a great beginner’s foray into the potential of sushi, since there’s no raw fish involved.

There are also no real healthy fats either (aside from the avocado, of course), since the fake crab (made from a variety of processed and compressed fish) has 1⁄15 the amount of omega-3s as the real stuff.

Spicy Tuna Sushi-Roll

Nori, rice, tuna, mayo, chili sauce

290 calories

11 g. fat

24 g. protein

3.5 g. fiber

26 g. carbohydrates

In the world of sushi, “spicy” means a spoonful of mayo spiked with an Asian chili sauce.

The calorie counts can climb higher than this, depending on how heavy a hand the sushi chef has with the spicy stuff.

Either way, you’re better off satisfying your need for heat with a touch of wasabi.

Philadelphia Sushi-Roll

Nori, rice, salmon, cream cheese, cucumber

290 calories

12 g. fat (5 g. saturated)

14 g. protein

2 g. fiber

28 g. carbohydrates

Just like the mayo adds empty calories to an otherwise reliable spicy tuna roll, cream cheese

blankets perfectly fine salmon and cucumber with an unnecessary measure of fat.

Salmon and Avocado Roll

Nori, rice, salmon, avocado

304 calories

8.5 g. fat

13 g. protein

6 g. fiber

42 g. carbohydrates

High in calories, but nearly all of those calories come from the one-two punch of healthy fats found in the salmon and the avocado.

Eel and Avocado Sushi-Roll

Nori, rice, avocado, eel

372 calories

17 g. fat

20 g. protein

6 g. fiber

31 g. carbohydrates

Eel brings a solid helping of omega-3s to the sushi bar, but unfortunately, it’s almost always covered in a gloppy, sugary brown sauce that masks both the nutrition and the delicate natural flavor of this wily sea creature.

If you opt for this roll, make it your only one of the night.

Shrimp Tempura Roll

Nori, rice, shrimp, tempura batter, oil for frying

508 calories

21 g. fat

20 g. protein

4.5 g. fiber

64 g. carbohydrates

Why take a perfectly good piece of lean shrimp and ruin it with thick batter and a hot oil bath?

The joy of fried food, the crunch, is snuffed out by the moist rice, so this one doesn’t make sense from either a flavor or a nutritional perspective.

So, now you have the information you need to navigate your neighborhood sushi-bar in confidence.

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