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Is Miso Bad for a Low-Sodium Diet?

There are many benefits to a good bowl of miso soup. Indeed, Japan’s heavy consumption of this classic dish may account for much of the country’s good health. The one big concern that some people have when it comes to miso soup is the high sodium content; with the average teaspoon of miso featuring between 200 and 300 milligrams of this blood-pressure-raising element, it can easily scare away those struggling with high sodium levels.

The good news is that, according to recent studies, miso’s high sodium content may not be as bad as it seems. A research team fed miso to one group of lab animals, giving a second group a comparable amount of salt. They found that the animals who got their sodium from the miso did not experience an increased blood pressure. After repeating the test on humans, similar results were found. The reasons behind this are not well understood.

So, when you come to our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood, don’t be afraid of trying one of our delicious miso soup options. We have both the classic miso and asaro miso, served with manila clam.

What Sushi Do the Japanese Prefer?

Nobody knows sushi like the Japanese. So, when you’re looking for a truly authentic and high-quality sushi meal, it’s not a bad idea to take a look at what the most popular sushi dishes in Japan are. A while back, Asahi took a survey of eight hundred thirty Japanese citizens, asking them what their sushi favorites were. The results were as follows:

The number one sushi choice for the Japanese turned out to be chutoro, a medium-fatty variety of tuna. This selection claimed 15.3% of the vote. Sake, or salmon, came in at second place, with 9% of participants identifying it as their favorite. Maguro akami, or red tuna, claimed a close third place with 8.8% of the vote. These were followed by the likes of squid, sea urchin, salmon roe, and yellowtail.

When you want to sample the sushi that most appeals to the Japanese, come to Wild Wasabi. You can find many of these classic favorites, and a whole lot more, at our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood.

The History of Japan’s Famous Seafood Market

If you know anything about Japanese food or the seafood industry, you should know about Japan’s Tsukiji Market. Located on the shore of Tokyo, this important landmark is one of the world’s most important markets. It boasts the title of the single largest wholesale food market in the world. So much fish comes and goes through this venue, it’s hard to eat at a restaurant in Japan without consuming something that was purchased here.

The history of Tsukiji goes all the way back to 1657. It was during this year that the area underwent the Great Fire of Meireki. Much of the city of Edo, which was the capital of Japan at the time, was consumed by this fire, which killed about 100,000 people and forced many others out of their homes. The Tokugawa shogunate labored to rebuild their capital and find a new place for the people to live; to this end, they reclaimed land from the sea and called it “constructed land”, or Tsukiji. Here, the displaced people were able to live off of the ocean’s bounty and build new lives for themselves.

Over time, Tsukiji became an important nexus of commerce. It was the place where foreigners would first enter Japan for the first time. Today, it remains a thriving seafood hub, where bluefin tuna routinely shatter price records in auction.

Is Tofu Bad for Women?

Some people will tell you that women should stay away from tofu, particularly if they are either at particular risk of developing breast cancer or are currently struggling with breast cancer. The argument being made in favor of this is that the isoflavones found in tofu have an effect that is similar to estrogen, which might encourage the growth of malignant cells in the breast. Fortunately, it would seem that these fears are without merit.

According to recent research coming out of the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study, a diet rich in tofu and similar soy-based dishes can actually decrease your risk factor of dying from breast cancer by a significant degree. Women who eat tofu after overcoming breast cancer also showed a lower chance of relapsing. So long as you stick to whole soy foods, like tofu and soymilk, it’s hard to go wrong.

If you’re looking for delicious ways to make soy a bigger part of your diet, come to Wild Wasabi in Lynnwood. We offer a number of soy-based favorites, including our edamame, our agedashi tofu, our tofu salad, and more!

Tips for a Low-Sodium Sushi Meal

It can be hard to eat out on a low-sodium diet, since most restaurant food is fairly heavy in salt. If you’re trying to reduce your sodium levels, the good news is that sushi is one of your better restaurant options. Just keep the following tips in mind, and it should be easy to abide by your diet at Wild Wasabi in Lynnwood:

  • Without any sauces added to it, most sushi is very low in sodium. There is a tiny amount of salt added to the rice, which amounts to roughly 200 milligrams for the average full sushi meal.
  • Look out for sauces! This includes not only sodium-rich soy sauce, but also many of the mayos and sauces used in a lot of fusion rolls.
  • Avoid unagi and tamago.
  • Potassium is good for helping purge sodium from your body. Look for potassium-rich foods.
  • Fortunately, most seafood is rich in this valuable mineral; in particular, look for halibut, tuna, and salmon.

Please talk to your server if you have any other dietary concerns.

Coming of Age Day in Japan

The second Monday of every January in Japan is a very important day. This is a national holiday that the Japanese call Coming of Age Day, a day where the Japanese youth who have reached twenty years old are officially recognized as adults. This is the age where they can legally vote, drink, and smoke for the first time, as well as the age where they are expected to start becoming self-reliant and productive members of society.

On this day, municipal governments throughout Japan hold special coming-of-age ceremonies for their twenty-year-olds. The men will generally dress up in suits, while the women will often wear the traditional furisode kimono. Afterwards, groups of youths will often go out to share a drink together in celebration.

Should you need a proper way to celebrate the special occasions in your life, come and visit us at Wild Wasabi. Our Lynnwood Japanese restaurant has a wide assortment of classic dishes to make any day more special.

Christmas Gift Traditions in Japan

Japan is no stranger to Christmas. Only about two percent of the population practices Christianity, so the religious significance of the day is not on the forefront, but the general public still embraces it as a fun and festive day for coming together with a spirit of joy and giving.

Giving gifts is an important part of Japanese Christmas traditions. They share the Santa Claus story with their kids, who will receive presents from the jolly old elf in the same way that American children do. Among couples, the gift that a boyfriend gives to a girlfriend is often seen as a significant indicator of their relationship. Young couples will commonly go out for a walk to look at the public Christmas decoration displays, share a romantic meal at a restaurant, and exchange their gifts on Christmas Eve.

Make the season a little more bright this year by giving the gift of sushi and other Japanese favorites. Bring the special someone on your shopping list down to Wild Wasabi in Lynnwood!

Traditional Christmas Fried Chicken in Japan

The traditional Christmas turkey dinner is nearly impossible to come by in Japan. Since the average household oven is smaller than those we have in the United States, turkey is too large to have caught on in the country. So, when Americans looking to keep up their normal Christmas traditions while living in Japan were looking for an alternative, they turned to the fare of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

So big was KFC with American expats that the restaurant began catering to them with their Christmas Chicken special. Back in 1974, diners could come to KFC on Christmas Eve to receive a meal of fried chicken, cake, wine and champagne. After a while, the Japanese began to adopt the holiday habits of their Western neighbors. Today, it’s common to see lines go out the door at KFC and other fried chicken establishments on Christmas Eve. Many people even make reservations in order to assure that they get their Christmas bucket.

If you’re looking to start your own oddball tradition this holiday season, consider incorporating Wild Wasabi. A few plates of bright, festive sushi from our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood are a fun addition to the cold winter months!

The Plentiful Nutrition of Jalapeno Peppers

Ever since the jalapeno made its way out from its native lands in South America, it has been embraced by chefs and diners throughout the world. This king of peppers is beloved not only for its power to add a bit of spice to a meal, but also its valuable nutritional benefits.

When you eat jalapenos, you’re getting a wide variety of important vitamins and minerals. When you need vitamin C to boost your immune system, it takes only 100 grams of jalapeno to get 143% of your daily recommended value. On top of this, you’re simultaneously getting 32% of your vitamin B6, 24% of your vitamin E, 18% of your vitamin K, and lesser servings of vitamin A, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, calcium magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.

If you want to mix the great taste and nutrition of jalapenos in with a quality sushi meal, come to Wild Wasabi in Lynnwood for one of our spicy vegetable rolls, made with jalapeno, lettuce, avocado, kaiware, gobo, and spicy mayo.

Eating Sushi Without Cheating on Your Diet

Are you trying to watch your weight? You may have to give up a lot of your favorite foods when you trim the fat, but at least you won’t have to deprive yourself of a delicious sushi meal. A properly-selected meal of sushi can satisfy many of your nutritional needs, all with a low dose of calories, cholesterol, or saturated fats.

Granted, many types of sushi have the potential to be fattening. These are mostly fusion-style rolls, which are often coated with high-calorie sauces or rolled up with fatty pieces of avocado. However, if you avoid these, you can fill yourself up and quash your cravings with a healthy serving of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Sushi to look for includes albacore, halibut, red snapper, shellfish, cucumber, and other vegetables. Stay away from unagi, tamago, and most futomaki rolls. If you have the option, try enjoying your meal with a cup of green tea to boost your metabolism.

At Wild Wasabi, we offer numerous delicious and diet-friendly sushi options. Join us for a healthy, authentic Japanese meal tonight!