Why aren't all Chinese people fat when their food is both good and fattening?
Jan Soloven, Trained chef, organic gardener, and experienced eater.
Answered Nov 7
What makes you think their food is fattening? If 1.5 Billion Chinese eat Chinese food and rarely get fat on it, I think that argues against your claim. If you’re getting fat eating Chinese-American food like 5 deep fried “egg rolls” every day, perhaps you might want to take the time to find out that these are not typical of what Chinese actually eat in China, it’s really an American food.
It’s a modern American tradition to take a healthy cuisine and make it as unhealthy as possible by batter dipping and deep frying whenever possible and adding tons of sugar. Most Chinese I’ve spoken to in the US complain that all American “Chinese” restaurants add way too much sugar and starch to everything.
“Chinese food” in America
Chinese food in China: lots of vegetables, tofu, soup, a small amount of fish or meat, and of course rice. Nothing below is deep fried. No egg roll; what exactly do you think would be fattening about this dinner?
Loring Chien, I know about Chinese food
Answered Nov 6
Eh, the food you eat at westernized and Americanized chinese restaurants is heavy in oil and fried ingredients, with lots of meat and gravy and fattening. Plus it tends to be a lot of carbs like rice and noodles and deep fried egg rolls and sweet and sour pork. They tend to serve the dishes which are served at special meals and not the everyday food.
In China the people ordinarily eat food with a lot more veggies and a lot less meat. The food is more steamed and boiled, and less fried and stir fried. More fish and less red meat. Rice is steamed not fried and gravies are lighter. Egg rolls and deep fried foods are nonexsitent at everyday meals.
Yeah, I know, I like a lot of the Americanized chinese food buffets too.