By: Dan Gentile
Sushi's generally considered a healthy food, even when it's been Americanized with a Super Soaker's worth of mayo. But to find out just how healthy, first we consulted Mick Nagasawa from the Sushi Chef Institute to give us the lowdown on the most popular rolls and their most common ingredients. Then we calculated the average number of calories in said rolls, using sites like CalorieKing and CalorieCount, plus the nutritional info from multiple restaurants that serve sushi. Since recipes vary so wildly from restaurant to restaurant (especially when the plates are painted with spirographs of spicy mayo), these are just approximations of the counts before they've been Kewpie'd to death. Here's the ranking -- get your soy sauce ready.
9. Surf and Turf Roll - 293.3 cal
Cucumber, fish cake/imitation crab, beef, carrot, tuna, salmon, avocado
This surprisingly landed lowest on the list despite being the beefiest.
8. Vegetable Roll - 358 cal
Cucumber, fresh carrot, scallion, avocado, asparagus, cream cheese
A hunk of cream cheese makes this otherwise all-veg roll among the lowest in calories.
7. Caterpillar Roll - 373.5 cal
Cucumber, fish cake/imitation crab, avocado outside
This roll gets its name from the avocado shell, and not because it was created by that company that makes tractors.
6. Spider Roll - 376.6 cal
Deep-fried soft-shell crab, avocado, cucumber, radish sprout, masago roe, pickled carrot
Deep-fried crab packs a caloric punch.
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