Food: Are you suffering from Chinese restaurant syndrome?

Chinese restaurants and takeaways are popular among food buffs across the world. However, experts point out that the cuisine isn’t healthy.

After having scrumptious Schezwan fried rice and steamed dumplings, some people tend to suffer from what is called the ‘Chinese restaurant syndrome.’

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Dietitians have pointed out that Chinese food aids in weight gain when not eaten right.

The symptoms include burning sensation in the stomach, mouth and throat. It also causes headache, fatigue, sweating, chest pain, and difficulty in breathing. This usually happens two hours after eating.

The cause for this is unknown but several studies have pointed fingers at monosodium glutamate (MSG),  a flavor enhancer added to Chinese food. Besides, dietitians have pointed out that Chinese food aids in weight gain when not eaten right.

According to a report by Eat This, nutritionist and author of Younger Next Week Elisa Zied says when eating Chinese, she prefers steamed vegetable dumplings without the sauce. She also consciously watches the size of the portion. “Because my portion is small, I don’t feel bad for having something fried—especially since I don’t do it that often,” she says. Sauces are usually made from sugar, flour, or cornstarch and they are loaded with corn syrup, which is not healthy.

According to FitDay, the ever-popular General Tso’s chicken is loaded with fat and calories because it’s breaded, deep-fried and swimming in a heavy sauce. One serving of this popular dish racks up about 1,300 calories and more than half your day’s allowance of heart-clogging saturated fat.

However, when ordering a meal which includes plenty of vegetables and brown rice, with just half the portion of sauce, will help you relish the taste of China without having to suffer the terrible Chinese restaurant syndrome.



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