Friday, June 17, 2011

Good Benefits of Asian Cuisine

“99 ABC’s of Wellness” Article Credit: The original article 99 ABC’s of Wellness is by Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit, which has appeared on the Philippine Star on January 12, 1999.

Principle #7: Asian Cuisine

"Asian cuisine is the traditional way of eating more rice or carbohydrates with fish and vegetables. Some food experts say that it is the healthiest in the world. Only 15 percent of total calories are fat calories and meat is only used as a garnishing instead of the meal itself." (excerpt from the original article)

In food science and in many informal contexts, the term carbohydrate often means any food that is particularly rich in the complex carbohydrate starch (such as rice, cereals, bread, and pasta) or simple carbohydrates, such as sugar (found in candy, jams, and desserts) that is why many believe that they contribute to obesity and diabetes. In fact, almost all diet plans encourages cutting down on rice (or carbs).

There are two types of carbohydrates: complex carbohydrates (starch) and simple carbohydrates (sugar). They are good sources of energy and fuels metabolism although in excessive amounts, they can increase the sugar level in the blood.

Studies say that East Asian people are highly active people physically, that is why even if they have a high carbohydrate diet they do not get fat. Asian cuisine is known to be delicious and nutritious because they get carbohydrates from natural sources and not from processed flour, which is evident in western food preparations.

High carb diet is especially good for a very active lifestyle.

If you like some delectable recipes (Asian Cuisine), try this site:  

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Some information from: Wikipedia

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