High Sodium In Chinese Food

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email

March 22, 2007

Some people eat this food on a first or second date and for others it's an excuse not to cook. Either way there are new findings that show some Chinese food is bad for your waistline and heart.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest released a report that shows some meals contain an entire day's worth of sodium, but the good news is they do offer healthier choices with vegetables and the fat usually comes from heart-safe, trans-fat-free vegetable oils.

Of the appetizers The Center tested, the BBQ spare ribs were the most unhealthy at 600 calories per four ribs.

Vegetables and shrimp were usually the healthiest options when not fried, but many of the dishes contained a lot of sodium. Chicken Chow Foon also has 1,100-1,500 calories and 2,700-3,600 mg sodium per serving according to The Center's data.

These foods can do more damage than just expand your waistline.

"Two out of 3 Americans are now either overweight or obese and the numbers are rising in children and teens. Being overweight increases the risk of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and some cancers including breast and colon cancer," said Bonnie Liebman from The Center for Science in the Public Interest.

There are a few ways to make your Chinese food a little healthier: order veggie rich and stir-fried shrimp and chicken dishes as well as brown rice.

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