Among the more traditional options you can find at our Bothell Japanese restaurant is the classic octopus nigiri sushi. The meat of these eight-legged beasts is still quite the strange entree to many Americans, many of whom may be more inclined to see such creatures as monsters than as food. However, getting over your anti-tentacle squeamishness should be very much worthwhile to the avid seafood enthusiast, as eating octopus can be quite beneficial to both your body and to the planet.
A diet of octopus gives you an impressive assortment of valuable nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, and many vitamins that help to maintain proper nutritional balance in your body. Octopi are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a low-calorie option for iron and protein.
And in case that wasn’t enough, octopi are among the more sustainable forms of seafood available. While many other species of fish are at risk of being overharvested, our eight-legged friends manage to maintain robust populations in many regions of the ocean. So if you’re ever afraid that your love for fish may be straining the resources of the sea, consider octopus on your next sushi outing!