Tip of the Day
Chinese cuisine can be high in fat and sodium and can also be lacking in calcium (since milk, cheese and yogurt aren't part of traditional Chinese cuisines), but its focus on vegetables, rice and noodles make it a healthful eating option with a little menu reading know-how.
Whether you eat in or order out, opt for these Chinese menu items more often:
- Wonton soup, hot and sour soup
- Steamed spring rolls
- Chicken, scallops, or shrimp with vegetables
- Whole steamed fish
- Steamed dumplings
- Steamed and simmered dishes
Enjoy less often:
- Fried wontons
- Fried egg rolls
- Peking duck
- Fried rice
- Fried dim sum
- Fried crispy dishes, sweet and sour dishes with breaded, deep-fried ingredients.
For more information on healthy options when dining out, check out Tips for Eating Out.
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Reviewed May 2013