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Chinese Take-Out Low Sodium Options?


Q: How can I eat a low-sodium meal when ordering Chinese take-out?
- Anonymous Reader
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Q: How can I eat a low-sodium meal when ordering Chinese take-out?
- Anonymous Reader

A: There are some days when we all don’t feel like cooking but also don’t feel like eating in a restaurant—preferring instead to enjoy our freshly prepared food in the comfort of our own homes with our sweatpants on! It’s OK to do that—especially because you can still stick to a healthy and low sodium diet, even when ordering from a Chinese restaurant.

For some general healthy dining strategies to use when ordering at Chinese restaurants, use these tips from a recent Ask the RD post. With regards to sodium, keep these tips in mind:
  • Sauces—like soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, black bean and garlic sauce—are often a huge source of sodium in Chinese dishes. To reduce the sodium, ask for low sodium versions (if available) and/or request less sauce to be used in the preparation of your meal.
  • Soups can also be high in sodium. Rather than soup, choose a veggie-filled appetizer, like spring rolls, lettuce wraps, or steamed dumplings, to minimize sodium intake.
  • Stick to steamed options rather than fried options to keep sodium levels down.
  • Never hesitate to request no added salt in the preparation of your meal—this can make a huge difference in a meal’s sodium content!

Enjoy these Healthy Dining and Sodium Savvy options found at Chinese Restaurants across the country, or search for more Healthy Dining options on HealthyDiningFinder.com:

city-wok.jpgChicken Fried Rice (Half Order) at City Wok
(570 calories, 19 g fat)
Located in Southern CA, DC


imperial-dynasty.jpgSzechuan Beef (Serves 2) at Imperial Dynasty
(350 calories, 20 g fat, 290 mg sodium)
Located in Longwood, FL


mama-fus.jpgSpicy General Fu with Chicken & Brown Rice at Mama Fu’s Asian House
(640 calories, 8 g fat, 740 mg sodium)
Located in AR, FL, NC, OH, TX


peking-chef.jpgStir-fried Shrimp with Asparagus at Peking Chef
(675 calories, 26 g fat, 720 mg sodium)
Located in Dallas, PA


veggie-lovers.jpgSeasonal Vegetables in Sweet & Sour Sauce at Veggie Lovers
(200 calories, 8 g fat, 55 mg sodium)
Located in Philadelphia, PA
 
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