"I really need a couple of advice from chinese food fans..."
March 22, 2007 11:50am CST
Hey guys! Im one of those chinese chow fans...but a couple of hours ago I saw and read a news clip on Yahoo. That chinese food is really unhealthy according to some findings... because of too much sodium and hidden cal. Whatever!..Now what do you think?????
• United States
22 Mar 07
I don't doubt it at all. Everytime I bite into a lot of my favorite dishes, it's apparent that it's loaded with sodium. Also, a lot of the food has more grease than it should have - like the egg fu yung at one of my favorite restaraunts. You could grease three pans with the oil on those things. I also knew way beforehand white rice was not as good for you as brown rice anyway. All you have to do is compare the nutritional values on the backs of both packages, and you'll see why. The problem with chinese food in America is, like all other "foreign" dishes, it's greatly Americanized. If you were to go to China and eat the food there, you'd be hard pressed to find the same foods as you do in Chinese food restaraunts in America.
25 Mar 07
its true. aside from its sodium and MSG, chinese food tend to have lots of cholesterol from the oils and eggs in their cooking. i wouldn't mind these as long as i eat them in moderation. almost all the food that's good is unhealthy anyway. its just a matter of balancing them in our diet.
• United States
24 Mar 07
I think there are two important factors to take into consideration here. 1) How often you eat chinese food and 2) How much and what are you eating. As with any cuisine there are dishes that are worse for us than others, so it's not a surprise to learn that there are certain chinese food items that are better for you than others. As for the sodium and hidden calories, I don't think chinese food is alone in this category. I mean, there are so many calories in those sweetened coffee drinks that a lot of people like and most people don't even realize it. If you want to keep eating chinese food (and I don't see why you should stop if you like it) just be careful about what you order. Maybe have white rice instead of fried rice, or get something that has more vegetables. Also, ther are places that will allow you to request that your food is made without msg. That being said, as long as you don't eat this stuff too often, I don't think it's that bad. Just don't eat chinese food every day. The same can be said about fast foods. Just use a little judgement and you will be fine. Another thing you could do is make some chinese food at home. When you cook at home you can control how much salt and oil go into things. You can also cook without msg.