If you’ve banned high fructose corn syrup at home, but like to pick up a sushi pack at the grocery store for lunch, I’ve got bad news for you -- and it's not just the one-use packaging and disposable chopsticks you'll be sending to the landfill. Jessica, environmental nonprofit Heal the Bay’s communications manager, reveals in her personal blog Chew-gooder why grocery store Cali rolls aren’t good chews:
However lacking in sushi knowledge that I am, I’m well aware that sushi from a grocery store obviously isn’t any good. But I know a lot of you eat it for lunch, whether you are willing to admit it or not. I’m interested to know how many of you have read the ingredients. High fructose corn syrup is listed not once but three times on my Von’s California roll. Call me crazy, but I don’t think high fructose corn syrup belongs in there once, let alone several times.
You will, however, have to get used to loving Cali rolls sans the highly processed imitation crab meat — the ingredient perhaps most associated with California rolls. Sushi lovers — You tell me. Can a California roll be a California roll minus the fake crab meat?
I may not be a Cali roll fan, but unlike Jessica, I do love my sushi. Monterey Bay Aquarium has a Seafood Watch guide specifically for sushi lovers, although pescatarians should still indulge with caution, as mislabeling and misinformation’s quite common at sushi restaurants. Use tools like Clean Fish help you find sushi restaurants committed to sustainable seafood, and try shopping for sustainable seafood to make your own sushi at home.