Which is Better: Fish Oil or Flax Oil?

Sushi, for the most part, means fish. And fish, to the nutritionally-minded individual, means omega-3 fatty acids. We all know how great omega-3 is for us; it lowers blood pressure, keeps your heart healthy, and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Of course, with the rising popularity of vegetarianism and the occasional concern about fish, some people wonder if they should be seeking their omega-3 from flax oil pills instead. Our Akasaka Federal Way Japanese restaurant offers several reasons why you should continue to make fish a part of your diet, and only one of them is because of how great sushi tastes.

First of all, the omega-3 found in all fish is more efficient than that found in flax. Flax contains alpha-linolenic acids (ALA), which our bodies have to convert into the beneficial elements of omega-3. We don’t have to work as hard to make the best use out of fish oil. On top of this, there is a potential link between excess ALA and prostate cancer, so men in particular are recommended to choose fish over flax until more conclusive study can be done.

Until such a time, the American Heart Association advises that you eat fish at least twice a week. Sushi is as healthy as any other seafood dish, so why not make Akasaka part of your semi-weekly omega-3 diet? There’s never been a more delicious way to keep your heart beating right!

Is Sushi Safe?

As popular as sushi has become worldwide, there remains a good many people who are leery about the idea of ingesting uncooked fish. Sometimes this is for health concerns, sometimes this is a simple “squick” factor; our Federal Way Japanese restaurant has heard it all, and as such we have become quite good at reassuring the cautious sushi first-timer about the safety and merit of our food.

First off, it should be understood that “sushi” does not necessarily contain raw fish. Some rolls are cooked, including not only Westernized dishes like the California roll or the crunchy roll, but also the more traditional unagi (eel) and ebi (shrimp) sushi. Some selections may not contain seafood at all, like the cucumber roll or the tamago (egg) sushi. These are all options available to the novice who feels the need to “ease into” the sushi experience.

When you are ready to take the plunge into the raw fish territory, we can assure you that your experience will be a safe one. Sushi restaurants are held to high health standards, demanding the best in both our storage of fish and our selection of “sushi-grade” meat. You don’t get to last as long as we have if you make your customers sick, so come down to Akasaka to try your first sushi plate today!