February 16, 2005
Eating Out Series: Chinese
Chinese food is notorious for frying everything and being extra salty. Here are ten clues on how to choose sensibly when eating Chinese food.
Start out with a bowl of hot and sour soup instead of the egg drop soup.
The key word is steamed. Steamed rice, vegetables, and wontons are all good choices.
Vegetable lo mein and chop suey are 2 lower fat choices.
Ask that your vegetables, beef, chicken or shrimp be lightly stir-fried.
Sweet and Sour dishes have very little meat and are mostly the fat breaded and fried in more fat. Orange chicken, lemon chicken and garlic chicken are also breaded and fried in fat.
Go easy on the soy sauce. It has 1200 mg of sodium per tablespoon…that’s half the recommended intake for the day!
Ask your server if the cooks could not add MSG to your food. This is a high-sodium flavor enhancer called monosodium glutamate.
Try a family style dinner where you choose 3 low fat dishes and agree on 1 high fat dish. For example, order the won ton soup, steamed rice, steamed vegetables and garlic chicken.
Use chopsticks! For most people, it takes longer to eat so you’re brain will have time to get the message that you’re no longer hungry (it takes 20 minutes!).
Don’t forget to read your fortune from the low fat fortune cookies!
Posted by Lisa at February 16, 2005 11:22 AM
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