Fish vs. Flax: Who Has the Better Omega-3?

In today’s health-conscious world, people are looking more to fish and flax to give them the omega-3 that they need. Fish are, of course, the favored source here at Flo Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue. Perhaps our brand of cuisine might make us biased towards the bounty of the ocean, but there are also legitimate scientific reasons that you should be getting your fatty acids from seafood.

The biggest difference between the omega-3 supplied by seafood and that provided by plants like flax is that seafood features EPA and DHA fatty acids, while flax contains what is known as ALA. EPA and DHA are the crucial types of omega-3, and ALA is only valuable for its potential to be converted by your body into EPA and DHA. The omega-3 found in flax is therefore less readily available, and requires your body to do more work before it can partake of its benefits.

Additionally, there has been some inconclusive evidence that flax can contribute to prostate cancer. Though further research is required on this topic, men in particular may wish to favor seafood as a source of omega-3 until more is known about this possible link. Until such a time, you are always welcome to get your fatty acid fix at Flo.

Get your Omega-3: Eat Fish!

There’s no getting around it: to live a healthy life, you need to get Omega-3 fatty acids.  Fortunately, Flo Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue can offer you the easiest, most delicious way to satisfy your Omega-3 need as you’re going to get.  Omega-3 is best acquired from seafood, and nutritionists recommend that you eat such food twice a week in order to gain the full benefits of this crucial nutrient:

  • Cardiovascular Health: Omega-3 has been shown to reduce inflammation in blood vessels and reduce elevated levels of triglycerides, both of which can help you to avoid heart disease.
  • Mental Health: Omega-3 can improve your brain function.  There is significant evidence that fish oil can work to prevent mental diseases that come with age, like Alzheimer’s disease, senility, or dementia.  For younger people, it may also help reduce symptoms of ADHD.  It also seems to fight depression, and reduce the depressive effects of bipolar disorders.
  • Prenatal Health: Pregnant women who get enough Omega-3 enjoy superior health while simultaneously aiding in the development of their children’s visual and neurological facilities.
  • Anti-Arthritis: The anti-inflammatory nature of Omega-3 reduces the stiffness and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Anti-Asthma: As asthma is caused largely by an inflammation in the lungs, Omega-3 may reduce the effects of asthma attacks.

A Brief History of Sushi

Sushi has come a long way from its humble beginnings in Asia to our Japanese restaurant in Bellevue. It’s widely believed that what we call “sushi” today can trace its origins back to the eastern regions of Asia, where fish was packed in rice simply as a means to preserve it for long periods of time. A gutted fish would be stuffed with uncooked rice and cleansed with sake in order to ferment the meat, and this rice would actually be discarded before the meat was ultimately eaten.

After a while, it was discovered that adding vinegar to the rice would hasten the fermentation process. This was the birth of true “sushi”, which literally translates to “vinegar rice”. Then, somewhere during the early 1800’s, vendors in Edo first thought to pair the raw fish of sashimi with the vinegar rice as an inexpensive fast food to peddle in the streets. This was the first Edo-style sushi, which remains popular today.

After this point, sushi was left more-or-less unchanged until the 1970’s. This was when Japanese food was being discovered by America, and American-style “fusion” sushi was born. For sushi chefs, this was the first opportunity to break away from much of what was unknown or even taboo in the traditional sushi craft. It was the dawn of inside-out, roll-style sushi, the introduction of many non-Japanese ingredients, and the beginning of using more than one main ingredient in a single piece of sushi.

Today, both traditional sushi and the new wave of American sushi are known and loved the world over. Come and be a part of this long and rich tradition at Flo Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar!

Avocado and Sushi: A Fusion of Taste, Tradition, and Health

Avocado is a common sight in our Japanese restaurant in Bellevue. Though native to Mexico, these hearty fruits first made their debut as a sushi ingredient back when the dish was still a novelty in the United States. Sushi chefs in LA discovered its potential to help simulate the experience of eating raw fish, thusly easing wary Americans into the idea. In this way they created the first California roll, and avocado has been a staple of Japanese fusion ever since.

Apart from being a delicious addition to sushi rolls, avocado is also one of the planet’s healthiest foods. They contain over twenty-five important nutrients, including copper, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Their abundance of protein and iron has made them a long-time vegetarian favorite as a substitute for meat. A diet rich in the fruit can protect you against heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, strokes, obesity, and even bad breath!

With that in mind, come on down to Flo and dig into so avocado! Be it on a crunchy roll, a dragon roll, or any of our other classic favorites, it’ll do your mouth and body right!

What is Sunomono?

When dining at our Bellevue Japanese restaurant, it’s always good to have something crisp and refreshing to cleanse your palate between your different sushi rolls. To that end, order up a bowl of sunomono! This salad is a classic Japanese complement to any proper sushi meal.

Essentially, sunomono is a salad made with thinly sliced vegetables, usually cucumber, lightly pickled in a vinegar-based dressing. This is where the “su-” in the word comes from; this is the Japanese word for vinegar, and the same word that comes at the beginning of the word “sushi” to describe the vinegar that goes into the distinct sushi rice. At Flo, you can order your sunomono with shrimp, crab, or octopus. Come and give it a try today!