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Weekly Diet News Digest
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EDITOR'S NOTE: I don't know about you but I love Chinese food. What I don't love is the extra fat and calories lurking inside my favorite dishes. I turned to Registered dietitian Shauna Schultz for help. You can too thanks to Shauna's 5 best and 5 worst choices.

by Shauna Schultz
Registered Dietitian


Chinese takeout – it’s one of our most popular restaurant foods. But if you order with your stomach rather than your head, you could be chopsticking it to your diet with way more fat and calories than you think.

We recently talked about how to navigate Chinese restaurant menus and order wisely, but you may be left wondering: what specific dishes should I steer clear from and what dishes earn a green light?

Check out the following 5 best and worst Chinese foods and navigate the menu with ease and confidence!

Danger Zone – 5 Worst Chinese Menu Items

Orange Beef: 1,770 calories and 66g fat!
Kung Pao Chicken: 1,620 calories and 76g fat
General Tso’s Chicken: 1,600 calories and 59g fat
Sweet and Sour Pork: 1,610 calories and 71g fat
House Fried Rice: 1,480 calories and 50g fat

Home Base – 5 Best Chinese Menu Items

Hot and Sour Soup: 110 calories and 4g fat
Chicken with Black Bean Sauce: 700 calories, 25g fat
Stir-Fried Vegetables: 750 calories and 19g fat
Hunan Tofu: 910 calories and 28g fat
Shrimp with Garlic Sauce: 950 calories and 27g fat

享用 (enjoy)!


@ 3:08pm ET on March 24, 2008 Kung Pao Chicken: 1,620 calories and 76g fat! It's my favorite dish though. I usually get 2 servings out of it (e.g. I ask the server for a box at the START of the meal and break it in 1/2 before starting.) I also order with steamed rice and hot and sour soup. So doesn't that all bring it to a reasonable level?

(BTW...other than the soup, all the best choices leave me cold. I'd rather not go out at all than have to go with one of them.)
@ 7:26pm ET on March 25, 2008 That just totaly ruined my day the only thing i eat from a chinese resturant is general tso chicken I am with the other guy there is no need to go
@ 9:04am ET on March 27, 2008 What about Moo goo gai pan??? That is my favorite dish, and I usually order it w/brown steamed or white rice...
@ 3:20pm ET on March 27, 2008 wow.
over a thousand calories[!?!?]
thats really intense.
tofu is good though...
full of protein.
thanks for posting!:)
@ 1:33pm ET on March 29, 2008 hey babyphatgirl1984@yahoo.com you can check out the General Tso chicken recipe here at Diet.com and whip up your own healthier version! Just click into Recipes tab at the top of the page and search for it there.
@ 12:04pm ET on August 28, 2008 Hot and Sour soup I love especially during the cooler months. What about Chicken and Broccoli? This is what I eat when I'm calorie counting.
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