Sushi is not as healthy as you think girls, think twice before you binge!

No, eating two 8-pieces of sushi is not like eating 6 entire slices of white bread.

It’s like eating two 8-pieces of sushi.

The typical California Roll contains about 255 calories, 7 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbs, 5.8 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein. The Spicy Tuna Roll, meanwhile, contains 290 calories, 11 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbs, 3.4 grams of fiber and 24 grams of protein.

Compare that just to the 6 slices of white bread shown, which clock in at 390 calories (149 under the sushi), 6 grams of fat (12 under), 78 grams of carbs (14 under), 3.6 grams of fiber (9.2 under), and 11.4 grams of protein (21.6 under). The additional mayo, raw tuna, avocado, imitation crab meat and seaweed (which are listed in almost comically low portions compared to their actual representations in sushi) add a bit more to the meal, but not significantly.

So the big question here is: Why bother comparing these things? One side is definitely not like the other. Not only are you changing the literal foods represented, but you’re changing their nutritional qualities too. Eating one meal here is similar, but really not comparable, to eating the other. So why put such different things side by side?

The answer: It’s a scare tactic. When people share this meme, it’s because they know that the general public is afraid of white bread. We’re told that white bread is something to be avoided. So by showing 6 entire slices (and cutting them in half in order to make it look like there’s even more bread being shown!), you’re using that fear in order to push people away from other foods too. This is compounded by using the word “binge” to describe such a meal, as though there is something overwhelming and automatically disordered about eating this amount of food. 

The reality is: You can eat bread. You can eat rice. Carbs are a necessary part of our diets that provide us with energy. None of this is inherently bad for you, nor is it something to be avoided. If you’re hungry and this stuff looks good for you, eat either meal! 

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