Do you want to treat yourself to some delicious Japanese food? Benihana offers scrumptious dining options like salmon sashimi, California rolls, sushi and a whole lot more. But even though dishes from the east are generally healthier than Western fast food, you still need to take some precaution. Here are the most popular Benihana menu items and how they fare in the health scale.
The Best Choices:
Benihana’s edamame is an excellent choice for an appetizer – it has low calories, high protein and high in fiber.
Brown Rice (Side)
This is a wonderful option for a side since it’s full of fiber and has very little sodium content.
Salmon Sashimi or Nigiri (Sushi)
These are, without a doubt, the healthiest items on the sushi. Salmon sashimi and nigiri have lower sodium and sugar content, as well as calories. Plus the sashimi has lots of protein and healthy omega 3s.
Lemon Water (Drink)
Your best option would be water of course but if you want something flavored, go with lemon water. You want to save the calories for the food, after all.
Filet Mignon (Entrée)
The filet mignon is one of the leanest beef cuts available so be sure to consider it for your main dish.
The hibachi chicken is a great option for entrée as it’s lightly seasoned with just a dash of soy sauce and grilled. It’s low in fat and sodium, and high in protein.
The Worst Options:
Seaweed Salad (Appetizer)
Many people think a seaweed salad is a healthy choice for an appetizer but while seaweed itself is good for you, the dressing in this salad is very high in salt. One serving contains 1,380 milligrams of sodium, along with 11 grams of sugar.
Vegetable Tempura (Appetizer)
Just because it’s veggies does not mean it’s automatically good for you. This appetizer has 43g of fat!
Fried rice (Sides)
This side dish is packed with fat, salt and calories. Choosing this as a side to your hibachi chicken or chicken combo is not a very wise choice.
Chili Shrimp Roll (Sushi)
Specialty rolls contain more than 50% of the recommended daily intake of sodium plus these are high in sugar (29g).
Seafood Diablo (Entrée)
Noodle dishes in restaurants are not always the healthiest options due to the sauces they have. The seafood diablo may not have very high calories but it has lots of sodium.
Spicy Tofu Steak (Entrée)
This meatless dish might seem like a safe choice but it has 33g of sugar (8 teaspoons) and a lot of sodium. Watch this teppanyaki show at Benihana: