The situation is that I've expressed that I like Sushi, and then want to proceed and explain why that is, describing sushi as delicious and healthy. Something along the lines of:


Now I don't think ヘルシー or 元気 are probably the right choices here. It is also, that the fish itself is not healthy (it's usually just pretty dead when eating it), but it's good for the one eating the fish, that will get the health benefits.

This might be a trivial translation, but I'd be interested to see how I could find the correct answer myself, as a dictionary search on jisho showed me interesting new vocabulary, but not quite what I was looking for.

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    Just to note that what you're looking for is akin to "healthy" vs. "healthful" in English, and a large percentage of English speakers incorrectly use the former when they really mean the latter. AND IT DRIVES ME NUTS!!!
    – istrasci
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 15:28
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    Your sentence 「(すしは)おいしくてヘルシーですから。」 sounds okay to me. I think it's fine to use the word ヘルシー for すし, as well as for other foods. You could also say 「おいしくてorおいしいし、ヘルシーですから(ね)。」「おいしくてorおいしいし、ヘルシーだから(ね)。(casual)」「・・・、ヘルシーなので。」「・・・、‌​ヘルシーですもんね。」etc.
    – chocolate
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 9:05

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The word you're looking for is 体にいい (literally: good for your body in other words healthy healthful).

Sushi is delicious and it's even good for your health. I quite like it, you know.

I would not vouch for the naturalness of my example sentence but that's the idea.

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    Great answer, 100% natural. (Sushi Police certified) Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 3:05
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    Dear God! How come that a mini-anime from last season was called Sushi Police!? Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 14:13

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