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1/6/10 10:16 P

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Yeah... that's sort of what I figured. Asians are some of the healthier people in the world. They couldn't possibly eat that take-out junk. North Americans have demanded greasy, meaty food and that's what they've gotten. Along with a whole bunch of other health problems.

ANDI! I love oyster sauce. It's really high in sodium. I use a little and watch my sodium intake in everything else I eat that day. It's GREAT in a broccoli stir fry!

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1/6/10 9:52 P

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I love shrimp and broccoli in brown sauce. I love shrimp fried rice too. I'm going to try to make my own this weekend. Oyster sauce is OK to use right?

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1/6/10 9:03 P

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Hawgwild1, my roommies and friends since high school are Chinese (American) but their parents were born and raised in China. No, they do not eat the same Chinese food made in the restaurants. The way that it was explained to me is they had to add more meat and make it greasier because that is the way that Westerners like it.

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1/6/10 8:52 P

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Yeah. Chinese take out is the devil. emoticon If you were to make it yourself, I am sure it would be a lot more healthful. I often wonder if the Chinese make their home cooked meals the way they do at their restaraunts. I doubt it. They are mostly a healthy looking bunch aren't they? I think they are good in business and CRAP food is BIG business over here in NA.

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1/6/10 4:29 P

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Here's a Chinese recipe for you. this recipe is enough to feed 4 people so you can cut it in half or just put the extra in the fridge and re-heat it later. That's my style.

Chinese Ginger Chicken Salad

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast
Rice wine or milk vinegar - 1/4 cup
Chicken broth - 1/4 cup
Minced ginger - 2 tbsps
Minced garlic - 1 tbsp
Red pepper - 1 (cut in cubes)
Carrots - 2 (cut in 1/2cm slices)
Bamboo shoots - 1/2 can (sliced)
Green onions - 3 (cut in thin strips)
Sesame oil - 2 teaspoons (or peanut oil)
Light soy sauce - 2 tbsps
Salt and pepper - add to taste

Parallel cut each chicken breast into 2 thinner halves. Sprinkle on a little salt, and then steam for 5 to 7 minutes.
Let it cool for a bit, and cut into 1/2 cm thick slices.
In a bowl, mix vinegar, chicken broth, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce to make the dressing.
Heat the half of the dressing in a pan just to warm, and add in red peppers, carrots, bamboo shoots, and green onions. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
In a salad bowl, mix the chicken with the veggies, and the remaining half of the salad dressing.

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1/6/10 4:23 P

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You better hide girl!! Okay, you eliminated soy from your diet so I'll give you a break (a small one) on this item. Just know sweetie pie, that take-out Chinese food is sitting on death row and as soon as the courts and lawyers quit fooling around with "stays of execution" its goose is cooked! (that was sort of a pun wasn't it 'cuz the Chinese like goose--didn't intend the pun at all.) hehehehehe

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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1/6/10 4:15 P

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...take out. *ran to hide*

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1/6/10 4:02 P

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I never said Chinese food wasn't bad. If it's cooked thoughtfully (not deep fried) and you use good, healthful ingredients then fine. But we were talking about oil weren't we? Yes, a lot of oriental dishes use peanut oil but you can seriously botch any dish if you want to!!!

What kind of Chinese food do you like Blackandi?

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1/6/10 2:14 P

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I use olive oil for just about everything.

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1/6/10 1:31 P

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So Chinese food isn't bad? They use peanut oil. I'm going to be cooking my acorn squash in it so I do want the best taste and if peanut is the way to go then I'm all for it. But I need you clear Chinese Take Out as clean for me. LOL!

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1/6/10 1:29 P

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Use whatever oil that seems best taste-wise in the dish you are making. Safflower and sunflower oils are neutral flavored so they don't upstage the other important flavors. Peanut oil has a distinctive flavor that goes really well with veggies. I often save a bit of peanut oil off the top of my peanut butter and keep a little jar of it by the stove. It's really great. Grapeseed oil is also neutral in flavor, wonderful high smoke point but lends its greenish color to the dish. It is also one of the healthiest oil.

The main reason cooking oils are bad for our health is that they are processed with heat and chemicals. So just stick to the organic, cold pressed (or "expeller pressed") oils and don't heat them past their natural smoke point. This is one of the reasons french fries are so, so bad for us--bad, often rancid, overheated oil, cheap GMO canola oil, hydrogenated fats, and potatoes that are so overheated that they become carcinogenic.

The only reason to stay away from any GOOD oil is to reduce calories for those who need to watch that. But if you treat your oil nice and don't over-use it, it is fine. Good, naturally extracted oil keeps better in the refrigerator.

If anyone here is confused about "smoke point" let me know. I have a list of oils and their corresponding smoke points. Once an oil reaches its smoke point then it becomes a trans fat and it also has carcinogenic properties.
Walnut oil--yum!
Coconut oil--very healthy; I spread it on toast.
Butter (organic, grass fed)--also a healthy choice; just be gentle with it.

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1/5/10 7:03 P

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I have safflower oil. It isn't cheap though. In my cupboard I have safflower, coconut and olive. I ALMOST bought some walnut oil today.

I would use safflower for baking, coconut for frying and olive for salads, etc. But, that is just me.

I would use the safflower over sunflower or peanut oil. Now... what was it I heard about sunflower oil... hmmm... ANI would know!

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1/5/10 6:21 P

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This comparison chart might help you
www.fitsugar.com/2385798

Looks like Safflower has a lot less saturated fat then Peanut oil (as I would expect) and less then sunflower.

Oils also have different saturations of taste - peanut oil to me is strong as is sesame oil, so I use these if I want the food flavored that way.

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1/5/10 5:49 P

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My roommates are Chinese and they use peanut oil a lot. They say it is worse than using better as far as health concerns go. I would rule that one out. (I don't know how scientifically true that is either.)

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1/5/10 5:00 P

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My recipe calls for either one, but I want to use the best one. Anybody know? One TBSP of oil will be used to cook my acorn squash cubes in a pan. Thanks.

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