Cholesterol Advice

Sensibly Ordering Chinese Food

Chinese food is very rich and has a high level of cholesterol. Apart from calories, Chinese food contains excessive amounts of saturated fats and sodium. Almost 80 % of calories in Chinese food come from fat. That is why it is important to order sensibly if you are suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and yet cannot resist the temptation of having Chinese food.

The following tips will help you lower the calories that you may land up consuming by eating Chinese food.

* Opt for dishes that are basically made of vegetables as these are low in fats and calories.
* Chinese food dishes contain fried rice. If you opt for steamed rice then you can reduce up to 50 % of calories.
* You should also stay away from spring rolls, fried noodles or fried dim sums and other fried items that are high in calories.
* You can also order a soup with a prime course full of vegetables with boiled rice if you are famished.
* If you want to have Chinese food, you should prefer Cantonese cuisine. Cantonese cuisine is basically very light with fresh ingredients.
* If you can resist the idea of meat, then try a Chinese dish that contains tofu as the primary ingredient.

The tips mentioned above will help you to enjoy Chinese food without the calories, fat and excess sodium. As a part of cholesterol management, you should stay away from saturated fat. Saturated fat is the reason behind LDL or bad cholesterol. It is the bad cholesterol which causes much of the cardiovascular diseases and cardiac risk. If you suffer from high cholesterol then avoid ordering Chinese dishes that are high on red meat, lobster or other types of shellfish.