While most food trends come and go (looking at you, sriracha), sushi continues to rise in popularity each year -- seriously, see for yourself. America's love affair with sushi dates back to the 1980s, but is all this fish and rice actually good for us?
To find out, we asked nutritionist Karen Ansel for a straight-up explanation of just how healthy sushi is.
Let's cut to the chase: is sushi healthy, or not?
Hell yeah it is: sushi's a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are a type of heart-healthy fat that most of us don't get enough of. Fish is loaded with the stuff, and experts recommend consuming two servings of fish per week, but most of us only consume around half of that.
"Sushi is a simple way to up your seafood intake," said Ansel, "especially since you don't have to cook it." It's not just omega-3 either: the seaweed that wraps your sushi has tons of iodine, which improves thyroid health, and it's also a good source of vitamin A "which keeps your immune system strong, and your skin healthy."
If you're not in the mood (or position) to roll your own sushi at home, you might also consider adding it to your takeout order rotation, "taking the place of less healthy choices like pizza or burgers." Just make sure you're cognizant of which sushi rolls pack the most calories before you place your order.