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Is an Asian Diet Healthier?

Asian food can be healthier than many Western foods. (Image: Kurman Communications via flickr/cc2.0)
Asian food can be healthier than many Western foods. (Image: Kurman Communications via flickr/cc2.0)

There is a notion that an Asian diet is mostly healthier than the common Western diet. Is this really true? And if yes, what makes the Asian diet healthier than the regular Western diet? There are several aspects of Asian food that, according to some experts, often make it a healthier alternative to Western food.

Traditional Asian foods mainly use cooking techniques like steaming or stir frying.

Less deep fried food

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Deep fried foods are less healthy. (Image: Ande_Hazel via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

While deep fried food is American’s most favored food, it is less common in the authentic Asian kitchen. Traditional Asian foods mainly use cooking techniques like steaming or stir frying.

These techniques can either eliminate or even reduce fats in the foods, and lower the amount of calories the dish has.

Less red meat

Red meat was still carcinogenic but there was limited evidence regarding whether it was the main cause of the cancer. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Red meat is high in saturated fats. (Image: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain)

Red meat and everything you can prepare using it is quite high in saturated fats, which can elevate “bad” cholesterol and lead to heart and artery related diseases. Asian diets use less red meats and focus more on lean proteins, like fish and tofu.

Fish contains less saturated fats than red meat, and tofu contains none at all.

Less simple carbohydrates

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White flour products have unhealthy simple carbohydrates. (Image: Flashfranky via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

American food is usually very saturated with simple carbohydrates. Foods like white bread, hamburger buns, and other products made with white flour are packed with simple carbohydrates. These so-called bad carbs can contribute to a rise in blood sugar levels.

The elevated release of insulin into the blood to lower the blood sugar levels can contribute to diabetes and weight gain.

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