Japanese food is generally considered among the healthiest diets in the world. Every country and culture has healthy and unhealthy foods. There are foods that should be eaten in moderation or not at all.
Here is a list of the five unhealthiest Japanese foods.
Instant Ramen Noodles
While cheap and quick to prepare, the two reasons most people (including myself) buy them, they are very high in sodium and low in protein, any vitamins or minerals.
The packet information says a serving size is ½ of the packet. There are over 300 calories in one of the “flavor” packets, high in fat and extremely high processed carbohydrates.
The dangers of eating raw fish are well known, but for some unknown reason, people do it anyway. Saltwater fish used in making sushi, may contain the parasite anisakis. This parasite causes intestinal upset, diarrhea, cramps, vomiting and inflammation.
Most parasitologists believe the discomfort lass about a week, because man isn’t the worms’ host of choice. I am somewhat skeptical about calling a parasitic infestation that is often misdiagnosed as appendicitis or stomach cancer mild.
Blowfish is poisonous. In Japan, special licenses are required in order to prepare or serve it. Even so, people die from eating this fish. It is supposed to be a test of bravery to eat a serving of this fish without fear and live.
This dish is battered fish or vegetables deep-fried in fat. Whether shortening or oil is used, the fat adds calories and cholesterol to the food. Certain oils are made with trans-fats, adding to the health disaster.
Unless these are steamed, they are deep-fried in fat. Not all restaurants will inform the customers what kind of fat is used, so peanut oil could be on the menu. For anyone with an allergy, this would be disastrous.
When you’re at a Japanese restaurant, ask how the food is prepared. If given a choice, opt for steamed instead of fried. As for the other foods, well, you decide.
Source: Mimi Sheraton, “EATING RAW FISH: THE DANGERS,” NY Times Website, 30 August, 1981