What Is Masago? Benefits and Downsides of Capelin Fish Roe

Written by Jillian Kubala, MS, RD — Medically reviewed by Alissa Palladino, MS, RDN, LD, CPT, Nutrition, Personal Training — Updated on January 26, 2021 (Source: www.healthline.com)

What Is Masago and How to Use It + Masago Sushi

What is Masago? And what is masago sushi? A popular inclusion in Asian cuisine, this is a delicacy, desired for its unique taste, texture, and color. 

What Is Masago?

Masago is a type of fish roe. Fish roe are the ripened eggs of several different types of fish, the most popular of which is caviar. While caviar comes from a sturgeon, Masago comes from capelin.

Masago is a very popular ingredient coming from the roe of capelin. Capelin belongs to the smelt family and the masago roe is sometimes referred to as “smelt roe”. Masago is easy to add to the dish and very popular in the Japanese kitchen especially for sushi. Not only has masago a beautiful colour and a unique taste, but it also contains a lot of proteins, healthy fats, and essential nutrients as vitamin B12 and magnesium. Read this article and get more information about masago, the capelin roe as well as the benefits and downsides of masago. (Source: caviart.com)

What Does Masago Look Like?

www.yummymummykitchen.com)In its natural form, Masago is a pale yellow color. However, by the time you see it, it will more likely be a vivid orange, or even a red or green. This is because Masago is dyed to look more striking when included in dishes. 

Is Masago Good for You?

Masago is an excellent option to add to your diet thanks to its high nutritional content. Like other fish roe, it is very low in calories, but high in nutrition. (Source: www.yummymummykitchen.com)

Are There Any Cons to Eating Masago?

As with all fish and seafood, especially those caught in the Atlantic ocean, you may be concerned about mercury content. The good news here is because capelin is low down on the food chain as a small forage fish, it is much lower in mercury content than large fish such as swordfish and halibut. (Source: www.yummymummykitchen.com)

Is Masago Sustainable?

As the planet seems to get crazier and crazier every day, many people are growing more concerned with the impact their diet has on the planet and animals. For many, this means cutting out certain types of foods that they know have a significant negative impact on the planet. I personally follow a mostly plant-based diet and recommend being mindful of how our food choices affect others and the earth.



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