The Health Benefits of Eating Chinese Cuisine
It's the New Year and you're probably thinking up some New Year's resolutions to make for a better life change in 2017. Here's an interesting one – try trading your daily diet for a completely Chinese cuisine for a couple of months! Here's why!
The typical American diet is known to be not as healthy as other world cuisines. Of particular interest to researchers is traditional Chinese food and how it lowers the risk of many diseases compared to the typical Western diet.
The University of California San Francisco compared populations in Asia with populations in the West and found that those in Asia have a 65 percent lower rate of dying from cancer than people living in the West. They found that the diets and lifestyles in Asia are mainly responsible for the lowered risk. Researcher Sarah O'Brien says that the cancer-preventing effects are only fully realized if you adopt the entirety of what Chinese people have been traditionally eating for thousands of years. The news and popular scientific studies single out one particular superfood, but O'Brien hints that including that one superfood in your cancer-promoting Western diet isn't going to lower your cancer risk as significantly.
Switching to a Chinese cuisine can also lower your risk for developing diabetes. A study on Chinese people living in Singapore revealed that their diet had a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which are lacking in Western diets. Researchers linked this higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids with the Chinese population's lower prevalence of diabetes.
Chinese cuisine is also higher in fiber, and researchers have utilized Chinese food therapy to lower risks of heart, lung, and contagious diseases by over 20 percent.
These wonderful reasons should be enough to excite you into trying a completely Chinese cuisine for 2017. Here are some tasty Chinese food styles to choose from:
Szechuan (Sichuan) cuisine. This Chinese cuisine is heavier on chili, which is teeming with heart-saving capsaicin. It also features antioxidant-rich garlic, peppercorns, and ginger.
Cantonese cuisine. Cantonese cuisine is known for steamed and stewed dishes, which are healthier because frying foods has been linked with causing cancer. Also, their water content is higher, which helps keeps your body hydrated.
Hunan cuisine. This Chinese cuisine is vegetable-rich, which means it's richer in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and more. This cuisine usually requires fresh, organic ingredients.
Try to adopt one of these Chinese cuisines for a few months as part of your New Year's resolution! You can easily find recipes online. By doing so you'll be lowering your risk for many diseases while also trying something new! The experience should leave you more cultured and open about the world. Here's to a wonderful 2017!