Chinese Food Calories



Chinese food calories? More than once in my life I have listened to the theory that Chinese food must be healthy and non fattening because 'as a rule Chinese people are not fat'.


I think my mum started that rumour when I was about eight and I chose to firmly believe it until recently.

The truth is, the food we eat in Chinese restaurants and takeaways here in the West, has absolutely nothing in common with the Chinese food that Chinese people eat in China.

Our Western versions are extremely high in calories and fat.

But don't despair! One can still enjoy chinese food without piling on the pounds.

Read on to find out how.



Rice is a staple part of the Chinese diet




How to Reduce Calories when eating Chinese



Opt for vegetable dishes. They are usually very lightly steamed or stir fried, thus rendering them almost raw (and low in Chinese food calories). This protects the enzymes in the food. Any food digested in it's most natural state will not cause you to gain weight, but will provide you with vital vitamins and nutrients your body needs to be healthy, and THIN!

Choose steamed or boiled rice. Fried rice contains up to 50% more calories.

You can watch your Chinese food calories by watching your portions. I have been guilty many times of going to a Chinese restaurant, feeling hungry and ordering a starter that would have satisfied me completely. Then comes the main course, and the inevitable calorie laden dessert. Listen to your stomach; not your eyes that are reading the menu or your imagination.



Calories in Chinese Food




The nutritional value provided in this table will not be exact as that will vary from restaurant to restaurant depending on the recipe and ingredients used.

However it will give you a pretty accurate idea which dishes are the most fattening.


Chinese Dish

Serving Size

Calories

Calories from Fat

Chicken

 

 

 

Black Pepper Chicken

5.5 oz.

180

90

Orange Flavored Chicken

5.5 oz.

480

190

Chicken with Mushrooms

5.5 oz.

130

60

Chicken with String Beans

5.5 oz.

170

70

Spicy Chicken with Peanuts

5.5 oz.

200

60

Mandarin Chicken

5.5 oz.

250

80

Chicken with Potato

5.5 oz.

220

100

Sweet & Sour Chicken

4 oz

310

130

Beef

 

 

 

Beef with Broccoli

5.5 oz.

150

70

Beef with String Beans

5.5 oz.

170

80

Pork

 

 

 

Sweet & Sour Pork

4 oz.

410

270

BBQ Pork

4.5 oz.

350

170

Vegetables

 

 

 

Mixed Vegetables

5.5 oz.

70

30

Tofu

 

 

 

String Beans with Fried Tofu

5.5 oz.

180

100

Rice and Noodles

 

 

 

Vegetable Fried Rice

8 oz.

390

110

Steamed Rice 8 oz. 330 0

8 oz.

330

0

Vegetable Chow Mein 8 oz. 330 100

8 oz.

330

100

Appetizers

 

 

 

Fried Shrimp 6 pcs.

100g

260

110

Veggie Spring Roll

1.7 oz.

80

20

Chicken Egg Roll

3 oz.

190

70

Sauces

 

 

 

Mandarin Sauce

1.5 oz

70

0

Sweet & Sour Sauce 

1.5 oz

60

0

Soy Sauce

1 Tbsp.

16

0

Hot Mustard Sauce

9 g

18

0

Hot Sauce 2 Tsp.

7 g

10

5




You can further reduce Chinese food calories by using chopsticks. This way most of the calorie laden sauces may stay on the plate.

Chinese food calories are high. It is advisable to avoid Chinese restaurants and takeaways whilst on a diet. An alternative would be to make your own lower fat versions.


Chinese Food Calories and Recipes










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