Cheers to a Healthy Body with Champagne and Sushi
2nd June 2018
Are preserved and fermented foods good for your health? Let’s take sushi and Champagne as an example.
There are many different types of sushi, but the most popular is Makizushi. The term makizushi refers to rolled sushi — a filling of fish or veggie wrapped in vinegared sushi rice and nicely wrapped in toasted nori seaweed.
But did you know that sushi is not originally a Japanese food but Chinese? Narezushi, the original form of sushi is a means of preserving fish in salt, which only appeared in Japan during the 8th century. Later on, different Japanese regions developed their own versions.
What people love about sushi is the feast of different flavors happening in the mouth, brought about by the exotic taste of the raw fish and the freshness of the vegetables, which is balanced by the nori wrap and the combined condiments: wasabi, soy sauce and ginger. So keep in mind some nice ensemble when you are ordering sushi in Vancouver — ask the chef to insert some cheddar cheese into it to have a creamier taste.
Champagne, on the other hand, is made from a blend of three grapes. It is aged in a bottle with high acidity and carbon dioxide to preserve.
But more than the satisfying palatable taste of these treats are the health benefits they can give to your body.
Protects the heart
The tastiest benefit from eating sushi is the omega-3 fatty acids from the fish, where the HDL cholesterol helps balance and eliminate LDL cholesterol from the body. Having balanced cholesterol levels prevents clogged arteries and related illnesses like heart attacks.
Champagne contains the same amount of polyphenols-antioxidants as wine, which lowers blood pressure and prevents heart problems.
Keeps hormonal balance
Nori, which is rich in iodine, helps control and regulate the endocrine system, notably the thyroid gland. Good iodine levels in the body ensure proper hormonal balance.
The fish, which is also rich in protein, can boost the body’s ability to function well, creating new cells to make you strong and healthy.
The grapes from which Champagne is made provide vitamin C and fiber, which helps with good metabolism.
May prevent cancer
Wasabi and ginger have anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties due to their antioxidant compounds which neutralize free radicals in the body. Fish that is rich in selenium has traces of minerals that show anti-cancer properties.
Iron contained by the fish and soy sauce in sushi and champagne’s tartaric acid play important roles in the production of RBCs, increasing circulation to all parts of the body that stimulate hair growth and improve skin tone. It also improves metabolism and speeds up the healing process of tissues and cells.
Folic acid which is contained in fish and the antioxidants in champagne help delay the onset of brain degeneration. Moderate consumption of champagne of two to three glasses every week can potentially improve cognitive functioning such as memory loss.
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