Is Chinese Food Healthy?

Ever wonder what the healthiest thing to order on the Chinese takeout menu is? Find out what a dietitian thinks about Chinese takeout, ordering hacks and more.

Interview overview

I wanted to share a brief breakdown from my interviews and a few of my favorite quotes.

They told me:

Healthy people have favorite foods that aren’t vegetables. The people I interviewed enjoy bread, chocolate, alcohol, cookies, sugary breakfast cereals, and ice-cream.
Given the hypothetical opportunity to cook or dine with anyone in the world, most people would choose their family.
Many of the people I interviewed think that local crops should be subsidized instead of the current crops that are subsidized like corn. Others think that levies or taxes on sugar added foods or beverages could potentially be structured to reduce the cost of fruits and vegetables.
Almost everyone I spoke to mentioned that education, improving access to food or modifying the present agricultural system were likely routes to improving public health.

Is The Pizza Industry Controlling What Consumers Know About Their Food?

When laws are passed and delayed for the benefit of the food industry it sends a strong message to the public. Is the government is inadequately responding to the health problems our population faces because corporate profit is more important?

I don’t think that labelling calories of food items will solve the health crisis we’re facing but … I do think that labelling calories can help consumers make better decisions about their food based on increased knowledge for the times that they do choose to eat out.

Past FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has said “Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume … Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus and vending machines is an important step for public health that will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.”

Marion Nestle, Big food, food lobby and industry involvement in policy development.

Cheryl RD Weighs in on Juice Cleanses and Pasta

Cheryl is a Registered Dietitian who wanted to share her expert opinion on the excessive amounts of sugar in juice cleanses and why she loves pasta so much.

How can juice cleanses be helpful? They overload the body with excessive amounts of sugar while depriving it of protein and fat.

We took a moment to talk about the barriers to healthy eating and weight management. Her opinion was that part of the problem is related to sleep, time and stress management.

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