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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Chinese "Restaurant" Food Lays A Big Egg Roll As Healthy Food!!!

Bonnie Liebman did a report released Tuesday claiming that Chinese Food in restaurants across america are loaded with tons of calories and sodium. "I don't want to put all the blame on Chinese food," said Bonnie Liebman, nutrition director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which did a report released Tuesday. "Across the board, American restaurants need to cut back on calories and salt, and in the meantime, people should think of each meal as not one, but two, and bring home half for tomorrow," Liebman said. The average adult needs around 2,000 calories a day and 2,300 milligrams of salt, which is about one teaspoon of salt, according to government guidelines. In some ways, Liebman said, Italian and Mexican restaurants are worse for your health, because their food is higher in saturated fat, which can increase the risk of heart disease.
Bonnie Liebman often writes for the Nutrition Action Newsletter and I really like her information. Is there anything new here about "Chinese Food" in the U.S.? Not really but I did find this interesting from the article:
A plate of stir-fried greens has 900 calories and 2,200 milligrams of sodium. And eggplant in garlic sauce has 1,000 calories and 2,000 milligrams of sodium. "We were shocked. We assumed the vegetables were all low in calories," Liebman said. Also surprising were some appetizers: An order of six steamed pork dumplings has 500 calories, and there's not much difference, about 10 calories per dumpling, if they're pan-fried.
I don't eat Chinese food often but when I do go, I go strong with the Vegetable Bean Curd Soup for Two, add some rice and skip the crunchy noodles. I also go for the Singapore Noodles that has a twinge of curry spices, only vegetables and stir fried tofu. You can save a boat load of calories that way but I still have to watch the portions!!!!!


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The worst part is, she called out my favorite dish - General's Chicken. My wife will never let me hear the end of it..

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