A Cup of Coffee and Sushi

Sushi is widely regarded as a healthy food. After all, doesn’t traditional sushi have all the elements of a perfectly healthy meal? Not only is it is stuffed with fresh fish, but it is also wrapped in thin seaweed sheets and subsequently presented in smooth, delicious little rolls. And while it is also commonly taken with accompaniments, the recent discovery of coffee as potential a lifesaver when paired with sushi just but brings delight for all the fish lovers out there.

Fish is a vital part of the overall diet of several regions across the globe. It ranks high atop the list of essential healthy foods that we should continually consume more of. However, depending on both the species as well as the water where it is harvested from, it also comes with a slight catch as recent research studies have outlined: mercury traverses up the food chain and subsequently accumulates in the fish flesh. With this discovery, many individuals reduced on or effectively stopped eating fish. The form of mercury found in fish is known as methylmercury. It results in various severe effects such as neurological and brain damage to developing fetuses as well as children not to mention other adverse health effects on adults alike.

Nonetheless, sushi lovers have a reason to smile once more and restore many of their favored recipes back into their diets. Researchers at the University of Montreal may have just come up with a way for us to consume sushi without the mercury. Imagine that! According to the studies, eating sushi (raw fish) with coffee significantly minimizes the exposure to mercury down by 50-60%. That’s right. Coffee’s apparent new health benefit is a major one!

According to the findings of their experiments, the researchers identified that the combined effect of drinking coffee when eating sushi makes mercury less likely to be absorbed by our bodies. As such, a few sips of your coffee with some delicious sushi could significantly reduce the risk of mercury you unknowingly consume from resulting in severe body damage and health effects. It is quite a fascinating idea, although this is just but a preliminary finding and as such needs to be supported by more studies.

Researchers have already previously proved that an essential nutrient in fish-sushi included-known as the selenium can subsequently safeguard an individual from potential mercury exposure. Now, they have identified that coffee and sushi might just be the perfect match to lower this potential risk further.

Unfortunately, it remains unclear about what it is in the coffee that offers this benefit, whether it is the caffeine present or another ingredient, or if it is indeed the espresso-or the quantity of it-that provides similar benefits. As such, if you decide to treat yourself to some delicious sushi, combine your meal with a cup of coffee for mercury reduction purposes. Looking back at the recent unfolding on fish and mercury that have stimulated a general fear within fish lovers, this intriguing finding re-affirms that it is indeed time both the EPA and FDA reconsider their advisory stance on fish (sushi) consumption. A cup of coffee and sushi anyone?

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