What Is Genuine Chinese Food?

Some people believe that Chinese food, as it is prepared with the purpose of providing meaningful benefits, promotes longevity and has certain medicinal and healing qualities. To cook an Oriental cuisine requires experience and knowledge. Chinese food is cooked without the use of milk based ingredients such as cheese, butter, or cream and poly unsaturated oils. While meat is also served, it is not done in excess amounts to avoid high levels of cholesterol and animal fat. This type of cuisine is termed genuine Chinese food, and is really an ideal way to keep trim and healthy. Chinese food traditionally includes vegetable, noodles, and rice.

There is a very special way of serving Chinese food. Before it is served, it is almost required to cut the food into small pieces, and no knives are set at the dining table. The ideal combination of condiments and herbs is extremely important. The food should be alluring in terms of texture and color and ought to be devoured in peace. There is a wide selection of dishes with various nutritional values to choose from. Vegetables, beef, and chicken are a perfect combination. You can enjoy broccoli and cashew beef or chicken in lieu of sesame chicken and other fried dishes. The dishes are extremely nutritious while traditional foods such as lo mein that come with noodles and drenched in carbohydrates, fats, and oils, is bad for your health.

Instead of fried rice, you can have brown rice so as to avoid high levels of carbohydrates and cholesterol. Additives high in sodium content such as soy sauce are essentially used in Chinese food and as anyone knows, too much sodium can be bad for the health. Therefore, in order to avoid using too much soy sauce, opt instead for stir fried vegetables and steamed dishes that use no or minimal amount of oil. Choose a healthy diet made up of vegetable based foods with steamed rice and sauces to lower fat calories. Eating one fortune cookie at the end of your meal would be great.

In conclusion, Chinese food with lots of snow peas and vegetables, and low in sodium is deemed to be a healthy way to eat. Food quality can also be based on the type of restaurant you choose, regardless if it’s a high end or a low-priced restaurant. The manager or waiter should be willing to recommend the type of dishes they serve and inform you of their nutritional value. Therefore, choosing the right place and the right things to eat is very important for your well being and health.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

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