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Monaco has its fair share of high-end sushi joints, from Buddha Bar to Moshi Moshi, as well as the Planet Sushi franchise, all of which offer freshly prepared on site variations of the Japanese rice delicacy. And although International Sushi Day isn’t until June 18, I am often asked how healthy is sushi and how often should you eat it?
The answer depends on whom you ask. In a New York Times article titled ‘Is Sushi “Healthy”? What About Granola? Where Americans and Nutritionists Disagree’, published in July 2016, 75 percent of nutritionists think that sushi is healthy compared to only 49 percent of the public when asked the same question. (As an aside, 72 percent of the public versus 32 percent of nutritionists consider coconut oil healthy).
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As I tell my clients, for me there’s no one answer. From my own experience, sushi weighs in somewhere in the middle on the it’s-good-for-you scale. But depending on the ingredients, the food source, and how and where it’s prepared, sushi can be very good, very bad or just a waste of calories.
Fresh cold water fish, such as tuna, salmon and trout, are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and proteins and that’s good for you, and depending on the type of fish, it may also have varying amounts of vitamins A and D, magnesium and calcium. Also good for you. However, the fish may also contain mercury which is NOT good for you.
Fresh vegetables, often an integral part of sushi, are loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals. Great, but … they may also contain herbicides, pesticides and other “cides” you don’t really want in your system.
Essentially, this means that sushi by name does not equate healthy eating. You need to be careful.
[caption id="attachment_29348" align="alignnone" width="633"] Moshi Moshi California Riviera rolls with King Crab, Yuzu crab cream, avocado & cucumber. Photo: Facebook Moshi Moshi[/caption]
Avoid deep-fried sushi. Let’s be honest, deep-fried anything, with the fat, salt and high temperatures, is unhealthy (even if tastier). Deep-frying vegetables robs them of their beta-carotene and vitamin A, as well as other nutrients.
Skip the sauces. Sauce can mask the true appearance and taste of fish, vegetables or rice, especially when they are of inferior quality.
Take smaller rice portions. Rice is the cheapest ingredient in sushi, so some restaurants use higher proportions. Sushi rice tastes different than ordinary rice because of the added vinegar, salt and sugar. Depending on the origin of the rice, it may contain high quantities of arsenic.
Investigate the ingredients. The quality of the ingredients is crucial. Don’t be afraid to ask the chef how much salt, vinegar and sugar is used. Ask about the origin of the fish and whether it is organic, ditto for the vegetables.
Choose your fish wisely. Mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and other harmful chemicals can be found in some fish species. The “5 S” (salmon, shrimp, scallops, squid and sardines), as well as oysters and tilapia, are likely to have the lowest amounts of mercury while king mackerel, swordfish, Chilean sea bass, bluefish, halibut, Spanish mackerel (Gulf) and canned albacore tuna usually contain the highest levels.
Also note that fish farmers frequently add chemicals to make the fish larger and more attractive, so you may want to inquire whether the fish is farm-raised or wild. Pink dye, is almost always added to farmed salmon feeding, to give it the same colour as wild salmon because consumers shy away from buying white salmon.
The clean and fresh test. Even the most nutrient-rich food can give you food poisoning if the kitchen is filthy or the ingredients are not fresh. With fish this is even more important because sushi tends to be uncooked, which raises the risk that infectious pathogens (such as Hepatitis A and Vibrio vulnificus) remain in the food. Once again, if there’s too much sauce, ask yourself what is it hiding underneath. When it comes to sashimi the rules are pretty much the same. Use your common sense.
The bottom line is that nutrition is complex, and you should be asking yourself what makes certain foods healthy or unhealthy and under which circumstances. My preference is to avoid sushi from large commercial chains and supermarkets (although Carrefour in Monaco prepares the sushi fresh in the store), in favour of eating sushi when I know how and where it is prepared.
Udi Gon-Paz is a licensed in Monaco Health Coach combing clinical nutrition and Stress management for holistic wellbeing. Article first published March 15, 2018.
[caption id="attachment_29310" align="alignnone" width="640"] Presenting the Second Edition of the Monaco Ocean Week Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President and Managing Director of the Prince Albert II Foundation; Robert Calcagno, Director General of the Oceanographic Institute; Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Denis Allemand, Director of the Monaco Scientific Centre, and Bernard d'Alessandri, General Manager and General Secretary of the Monaco Yacht Club. Photo: Charly Gallo/DC[/caption]
The conference for the second edition of Monaco Ocean Week, which will take place from April 8 to 14, was held on Tuesday.
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its partners – the Monaco Government, the Monaco Scientific Centre, the Oceanographic Institute and the Monaco Yacht Club – reaffirmed their commitment to take action on threats to the environment, especially concerning the oceans.
The objective of the week of events will be to find solutions to protect the marine environment, particularly in the face of climate change. The programme will have for its watchwords “alertness, awareness and education” as the Principality brings together local and international experts, the scientific community, economic actors, voluntary associations and public authorities around one single goal: to engage for the protection of the ocean.
All info and the programme can be found at www.monacooceanweek.org
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Thomas Iser, Universal Humanity Photographer
ML: Our paths crossed at the Fairmont Monte Carlo. Talk a little about yourself.
TI: I was born in Metz, France in 1987, and had a quite a turbulent childhood as my brother and I were raised with no rules or boundaries.
Our parents split when I was three, and then life became a rollercoaster. As a teenager I saw my brother fall into drugs and become schizophrenic, my mother suffer from depression and my father quite distant, not by choice but due to circumstances.
My mom’s parents were really caring and loving, and thanks to them I got to see what nature had to offer, the beautiful forests, the rivers – I still dream today about the beauty I saw fishing in those rivers with my grandfather. Without my grandparents, I would have surely taken a wrong path. You can only give what you receive.
ML: You are a self-taught performer, photographer and painter. When did this all begin?
TI: I started skateboarding at a really young age, and also doing graffiti. I was fascinated by the energy and the colours, and because it was something forbidden, almost secret in a way. Plus the adrenaline you get while painting in illegal places is really addictive, a pure shot of life. When you do get caught, you have to use your imagination to get out of trouble as best you can. Street graffiti is a very good education.
Art became my life over time, and nothing matters more to me than expressing inspiring ideas through my work. As humanity faces bigger challenges, the world, more than ever, needs unity. If we want to survive on this planet we have to understand that we are one, all connected, and that we need to work together to face the threats to human existence. Art is something very personal I share with the world and everyday I learn about people and myself.
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ML: With your Universal Humanity project, you take thousands of photos of people holding a card over their right eye. Where did the concept come from?
TI: Universal Humanity is basically a portrait of humanity, celebrating diversity in a unique way. It started three years ago, when I painted my body like a broken sculpture and began to roam the streets around the world. My body was painted in black, with breaking lines in gold, colours representing space and light. Each part of my body represented mankind, all different yet building something unique and alive together ... humanity.
I was inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with melted gold and then accepting the piece is more beautiful and stronger after having been broken and repaired. This art resonates in me, I feel like a Kintsugi object in a way because I knew how to rebuild myself after all the things I experienced with my family.
Then one day, while performing, I decided to take pictures superimposing my famous yellow card, which represents my own eye, over other people’s eyes and so sharing my vision, a vision of a world with no borders and more justice. I guess everyone suffers, so everyone can understand the message.
I have now over 5,000 photos (Universal Humanity Instagram) and I will never stop taking them as long as I live.
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ML: When I asked where you were from, you called yourself a “luxury homeless”.
TI: Yes, I said I’m a luxury homeless because I sometimes have the opportunity to be in incredible places like Monaco, and benefit from amazing accommodation thanks to the people I meet, new friends I make, wanting to support me.
Like, for instance, when I was in Dubai last year staying on a friend’s boat for a while, painting my body, painting canvas also … but don’t take this the wrong way, I am just as happy on a sofa and have been in many weird situations (I should write a book!).
I use the term homeless because I don’t have a real address. I prefer to buy plane tickets or invest in art supplies than to pay for rent. So I am always on the move and creating.
Art is a lifestyle and I'm very happy to have more and more people collecting my work, which helps to keep me going. I am building something very specific and once the dots are connected everyone will be able to understand and feel the design.
ML: How do people react to your request to take their photo?
TI: Most people are pretty happy to take part, and they tend to repost their picture on social media, more now than at the beginning of the project. Maybe because they see I have taken a lot of pictures, including celebrities like designer Stefano Gabbana, Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio, actor Gad Elmaleh (who is also father to Raphael with former partner Charlotte Casiraghi), X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, rapper Pharrell Williams, American photographer David LaChapelle, Victoria Silvstedt and many others.
When I photograph people it can be very intimate. Holding their hand with the yellow card, I feel their pulse, I look into their eyes. And I have to say, we all share the same sparkle of life, even though for some, unfortunately, life has made it hard to see.
ML: What does travelling teach you about yourself?
TI: I love to travel and see new cultures, landscapes and nature. Travelling is amazing and inspiring, it shows us different possibilities, different systems ... but also how to travel within yourself. You can be happy anywhere if you are happy with yourself.
Freedom is the most important thing in my eyes. The freer you are the more your imagination will be able to make new things happen in your life.
ML: Favourite thing to do when passing through Monaco?
TI: Walk around the town, discover its people and take pictures of them.
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Article first published March 13, 2018.
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The latest in a long list of distinguished visitors, Professor Kevin Whelan will deliver a lecture on Dublin as a Global City, from 1600 to 2017, at the Princess Grace Irish Library on Friday, February 16.
In recent decades, national history has gone into distinct directions, moving both down into micro-history and up into an Atlantic, global dimension. This illustrated lecture is an exercise in regarding history as a panorama rather than as a close-up in considering the global positioning through space and time of a small but influential city.
It approaches the evolution of Dublin through a series of flows – of people, ideas, goods, and culture. It tracks Dublin’s rise as a ‘city of brick’, as it surged from a mere 10,000 in 1600 to 200,000 by 1800 – a response to the northwards migration of the centre of gravity of the European economy from its old Mediterranean heart to the Atlantic facade.
It anatomises Dublin under the Union, a ‘city of shadows’, as its trade, population and prospects were all constricted. It considers the influence of two global systems – Imperialism, Catholicism – on Dublin in the nineteenth century. The ‘city of words’ emerged in the early twentieth century, when Joyce, Yeats and Beckett found ways to universalise the city.
The 1916 Rising is considered, as is the exhausted city of the post-imperial phase. Finally the lecture looks at the emergence of the ‘silicon city’, and how Dublin functions as a transnational city in the current global economy. By looking at Dublin over a long time frame and in a wider geographical frame, its distinctive evolution can be tracked through comparative perspectives.
Booking is essential for the lecture, which starts at 19:30, at 9 rue Princesse Marie-de-Lorraine in Monaco Ville. Admission is 10 euros per person.