The Best Choices When Eating Out: Chinese Restaurant Edition

The Best Choices When Eating Out: Chinese Restaurant Edition

By Leda Tello, Registered Dietician at LBU


According to T. Colin Campbell, PhD, professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, the traditional Chinese diet is significantly healthier than the typical American diet, which frequently places meat as the main course.

However, if you want to eat well, you don't need to go to China's countryside. Simply incorporate the Chinese method of eating into your diet. You can do this wherever you are, whether you're cooking Chinese food at home or dining out. Chinese cuisine offers a wide variety of dishes that can be healthy options if prepared properly. Some examples of healthy Chinese dishes include:

Steamed dishes

These can include fish, vegetables, and dumplings. Steaming is a method of cooking that preserves the nutritional value of food and does not require the use of oil.

Stir-fry dishes

These can also include a variety of vegetables and meats and are cooked quickly over high heat in a small amount of oil.


Clear broths or soups made with vegetables and lean meats can make a healthy addition to a meal.

Hot pot

To prepare the components for this recipe, a simmering pot of broth is used. Meats and vegetables can be used as ingredients, and different flavors can be used to make the broth.

Vegetarian Options

Dishes with tofu and vegetables, such as Mapo tofu and Kung Pao tofu, etc.

Remember to watch your portion sizes and ask for foods to be served without additional salt or oil because Chinese cuisine frequently has dishes that are rich in sodium and fat.

Please be aware that restaurant portions are very enormous, particularly during dinner. Before dining out, look over the online menu to select a dish that will satisfy your daily calorie requirements.

For more information, please contact:

Leda Tello

Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

(214) 540-0303

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