The 4 Healthiest Sushi Dishes to Order (and the One to Avoid Altogether)


Original illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Sushi is a popular option when dining out, and for good reason. Most people think of it as a reasonably healthy choice, so it’s a no-brainer for anyone trying to be mindful about what they’re eating. The truth is, sushi is quite healthy overall—especially compared to other popular picks like pizza and burgers. But as with most types of cuisine, there are certain items on the menu that are great for health-conscious eaters, while others leave a lot to be desired in the nutrition department. That’s where some expert help comes in handy. By strategically picking certain items (and skipping others), you can optimize your order without ditching dinner plans altogether.

With a little help from some nutrition pros, we’ve ranked the most common Japanese restaurant dishes from healthiest to least healthy. The results might surprise you.

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