Working in a sushi restaurant for years has given me the opportunity to meet different types of people. However, most of those I meet are generally confused choosing between raw and cooked fish.
We have this notion that cooked fish is healthier for us. Fish generally contains good omega-3 and is a great protein source. It is true that cooking the fish kills the risk bacteria and parasite. Our mind is telling us that it’s good and safe to eat things that are cooked.
When it comes to eating raw food, we become cautious as we may have heard of stories that raw fish could be dangerous and could cause various problems. In addition, we tend to relate raw fish with potential problems that are found in other meat, including chicken, pork and shrimp, if eaten raw.
Surprise! Do you know that the nutrients we get from fish are changed dramatically when they are cooked? Cooking also increases the risk of getting cancer and heart diseases.
The dilemma we face is that healthy cholesterol inside would be converted into dangerous oxysterols which is caused mainly from BBQ, deep frying, and pan frying. Oxysterols can be harmful to our body. The good fats would also turn into artificial trans-fats that you might not want to accumulate in your body.
And if you think cooked fish has a lower amount of mercury than raw fish, think again because the amount of mercury between cooked fish and raw fish are the same.
On the other hand, raw fish offers many good nutrients: Omega-3, healthy fat, and good protein. It is one of the healthiest foods in the world actually. Raw fish also have low level cholesterol and contains good fats that help lower heart disease.
I know of some people suffering from high blood pressure who prefer to eat raw fish. There’s really nothing to worry about eating raw fish. Think of the trans fat that causes high blood and heart disease because of the many cooked fish your body has taken in.
But of course there will always be two sides of a coin: people who like eating their fish raw and those who want it cooked. If you are the latter type, make sure you do it in moderation.
So what do you think? Does eating raw fish appeal to you? If you want to share your thoughts about this subject, feel free to share your opinions.