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Healthy Chinese Food

Looking for Healthy Chinese Food?

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If you want to eat healthy Chinese food, the best bet is to make it yourself.  Then you know what ingredients are in the meal, and can control the amount of sodium and other items.

However, sometimes it’s nice to be able to go out and eat at your favorite Chinese restaurant.  If you enjoy that, don’t despair!  You can still go out to eat and find healthy Chinese food options!

Check the menu for the Healthy Chinese Food Options

When looking at the menu, it’s good to keep in mind that deep-fried foods are going to be higher in calories and possibly saturated fats.  It’s better to choose steamed foods, poached, roasted and even barbecued.

Some of the healthier appetizers include hot and sour soup, egg drop soup, spring rolls and steamed vegetable or pork dumplings. 

When it’s time for the main course and healthy Chinese food, it’s best to skip noodle-based dishes.  Menu items like Lo Mein and Chow Mein are high calorie, and have a lot of saturated fat and sodium.  Better choices would be dishes that have a lot of vegetables and lean meats.

Unfortunately, one of the favorites at Chinese restaurants, friend rice, is high in fat and calories.  It’s also usually white rice, which isn’t as healthy for you as brown rice.  If steamed rice is available, it’s the better choice, and of course if it’s available, brown rice is better than white.

Avoid These Items When Looking For Healthy Chinese Food

Whatever foods you choose, there are two items at a Chinese restaurant that can cause problems.  One is the monosodium glutamate.  Restaurants are more aware of this, and often have dishes free of monosodium glutamate on the menu.

The other problem, however, is more common and hard to avoid.  Most Chinese menu items are high in sodium.  Too much sodium, as I’m sure you’re aware, is bad for your health.  For that reason, eating out at not only Chinese restaurants, but most any restaurant, usually results in getting too much sodium in your diet.  For that reason, eating out should be more of a treat than an everyday thing.  However, by making wise food choices, you can alleviate the problem somewhat, but for really healthy Chinese food, you can’t beat making it at home.

Read more about healthy Chinese food options here!

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