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healthy chinese food

Many men have a misinformation that Chinese food is a healthy alternative to fast food, as meat products make up a small percentage, and there are many vegetables, in addition to a steaming method.

However, in fact, not all Chinese food is healthy. There are many foods to avoid, such as egg rolls, which are high in fat, carbohydrates, and protein.

You should also avoid meat pies that are full of fat and carbohydrates in addition to being fried in fatty oils, and instead can eat shrimp pies.

As for the main dishes, it is preferable to eat mixed or fried vegetables, while avoiding beef and broccoli, which are full of sodium and fat, and fatty chicken meals, and instead eat chicken breasts and steamed rice.

As for sweets, you should avoid eating almonds and black tea, and instead have green tea, an antioxidant.

Chinese food is considered one of the foods loved by many, and in general, it appears that it is full of vegetables, and this is the advantage of healthy foods. But it is not without fatty additives and unhealthy cooking methods that we must focus on before choosing foods, especially if we are following a diet with the aim of losing weight. In this article, we will provide you with a list of Chinese food, the calories these foods provide, and how to choose healthy and appropriate items for the diet.

How to choose an appetizer dish in Chinese food

When waiting for the main dish, you should beware of fried foods such as vermicelli, which are usually available as a kind of appetizer, but they are rich in calories and are not completely healthy.

Here is a list of the items that are usually available in the appetizer menu in Chinese food and the calories in each of them:

Egg rolls: one of them provides an amount of calories ranging between 300 and 350.

Spring Roll: Each one contains 165 calories.

Steamed vegetables: Provides the least number of calories, equivalent to 25 calories

Wonton or sour and spicy soup: One cup of either contains 110 calories.

To make your choice from the appetizer menu a healthy choice, both hot and sour soup and wonton soup are the best options, and of course the soup increases the feeling of satiety and you do not have to eat a large amount of main dishes.

The second option, which is also one of the best options, is steamed vegetables, which provide the fewest number of calories and are completely fat-free.

How to choose drinks in Chinese food

Chinese food is characterized by a high content of sodium and salt, so you should drink sufficient amounts of water without additives, or choose light drinks such as tea that does not contain calories, or diet drinks.

How to choose the main dishes in Chinese food

Chinese food dishes in general fall under the list of foods rich in nutritious vegetables and full of vitamins, so you can enjoy healthy foods within Chinese food when choosing steamed vegetables, lean meat, and avoiding fried foods or large quantities of sauces.

Here are the main dishes options in Chinese food, and the calories that each dish provides:

Fried and crispy chicken: One cup of it contains 485 calories.

Beef Chow Mein: One cup of it contains 420 calories.

Sweet and Sour Pork: One cup contains 316 calories.

Chicken and broccoli dish: One cup of it contains 280 calories.

Good choices from the main course menu include: steamed chicken, grilled chicken, grilled meat, and grilled shrimp. Thus, avoid all fried, marinated or double-cooked options, as they are high in calories and fat.

You should also choose steamed vegetables, which are widely available in Chinese food.

How to choose side dishes and sauces in Chinese food

Chinese food is not without rice as a side dish, so we should always be careful about the way we cook rice and the amount we eat to make our meal healthy.

Here are the side items that are usually available in Chinese food and the amount of calories each one provides:

Fried rice: One cup contains about 235 or 370 calories.

White rice: one cup contains 150 calories.

Fortune Cake: This dish provides 25 calories.

The fried rice category includes soy sauce, fried vegetables, and fried eggs, which means high calories as well as high sodium content, so you should always stay away from fried items and order steamed vegetables.

As for the dessert dish, it is low in calories and can be enjoyed after the main dish

There are many benefits to Chinese cuisine in particular and Asian cuisine in general, which Dr. Osama Fikry, head of the clinical nutrition department at Dar Al Shifa Hospital and a specialist in the digestive system and liver, monitors, as follows:

1. It has been scientifically proven that the stick used in Chinese eating makes the individual eat less than the spoon user and helps him to chew slowly, which is the healthy way that everyone should follow.

2. The majority of Asian food contains vegetables that contain vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the body.

3. Mushrooms are one of the basic additions to Chinese food, and they are useful and protect against cancer, especially breast.

4. Chinese food contains useful spices, most notably ginger, a little of which preserves beneficial gut bacteria.

5. Asian food is characterized by a lack of salt, which causes serious diseases, including stroke and pressure, and has a substance that changes the properties of H. pylori and turns it into cancers and tumors, including kidney cancer.

6. Chinese cuisine does not use fats, and in the case of adding oils, it will be coconut oil, which is one of the beneficial fats.

7. There are American studies that confirmed that eating Chinese food 5 days a week helps the individual to get rid of 125 calories per day.

8. Some Chinese foods rely on dairy, which provides the body with calcium and vitamin D, which reduces the problems of harmful fats associated with foods.

He adds, “Osama,” “Chinese cuisine is famous for many foods, but in Egypt we did not know widely other than sushi and noodles, but when eating the rest of the foods they will be useful for us and through which we provide our bodies with many benefits that protect us from many diseases.”

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