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Old 07-24-2005, 03:11 PM   #1
Jim Aldridge
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my wife and I wanted to take the kids out to eat after church and decided on a Chinese buffet. On the surface, it seems pretty healthy. We stuck to the dishes that included vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, chicken (not fried), and a salad. We steered clear of the rice and noodles. Is Chinese food really all that bad for you? I have heard that MSG is a big deal with Chinese food. What exactly is MSG (monosodium glutamate) and why is it bad for you? Also, what are some good options for eating out? (preferrably some that the kids would enjoy too.)
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Old 07-24-2005, 03:54 PM   #2
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I think MSG causes allergic reactions in some people. I don't know that it is generally regarded as bad for you. It's a lot like salt.
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Old 07-24-2005, 04:46 PM   #3
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MSG causes headaches in some people as well and if you're watching your salt intake, MSG counts as salt.

Chinese food from restaurants aren't as healthy as home cooked.
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Old 07-24-2005, 06:35 PM   #4
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I think Indian buffets are relatively healthy. No noodles and if you don't eat the rice you can still fill up on plenty of meats, vegetables, and something uniquly abundant to Indian cooking: great-tasting chickpeas!

The fibre in the chickpeas is something you don't get at a Chinese restaurant and probably buffers a lot of the glycemic load.
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Old 07-24-2005, 07:29 PM   #5
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Ah, who cares? You miss a meal you just hop right back on.

Fortunately, the majority of the human population can eat crap somewhat often and still be healthy and not hurt their performance much, if at all.

It matters in the long run that you eat well, and it all averages out.

Trouble is, here, and in other places like it, you get the extreme cases who can't tolerate MSG, or grains, or dairy, or whatever, when in reality, most of us can consume these substances responsibly without harm.

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Old 07-24-2005, 07:47 PM   #6
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The reason Chinese is food isn't great is cause those sauces are filled with sugar and cornstarch. Homecooked Chinese is not like the rich sauces in the resteraunts. Much better flavor too.
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Old 07-29-2005, 10:01 AM   #7
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Indian food can be heavy, too. The sauces tend to be cooked in ghi (spelling? ghee?) which is basically clarified butter.
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