CHINESE FOOD WARNING
ANCHOR LEAD: ONCE AGAIN, THE CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST HAS PANNED SOME CHINESE FOOD, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
If fettucine alfreado is a heart attack on a plate, what’s Kung Pao chicken? The Center for Science in the Public Interest says contrary to what most people think, much Chinese food is just as bad, laden as it is with fat and salt. Lawrence Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, says choose carefully.
CHESKIN: Sometimes I say a billion Chinese people can’t be wrong because they traditionally have had very little in the way of problems with obesity, and some of the chronic diseases that plague American society. On the other hand the Chinese dishes that we sometimes find in restaurants in this country may be laden with extra fat and oil. So if you want to have Chinese food fit into a healthful diet you may have to adapt the recipe a little bit. In a restaurant you can do that by asking that no MSG or salt be added, choosing vegetarian items or items that seem to be lower in fat. :33
Cheskin says to limit consumption of such foods to an occasional treat. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.