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Chinese Cooking for Health

July 14, 2017

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on the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine employs different ingredients and methods to balance a person’s constitution. I grew up in Hong Kong where everyone is concerned about too much yang chi. We drank lots of herbal teas to balance our chi. Huangdi Neijing is the earliest definitive text that gave recommendations on what to eat for different constitutions and health conditions. “A healthy diet leads to a healthy body.” One key principle of Chinese cooking for health is that the dishes must be “tasty and can be eaten every day”. Did you know that most people think healthy food is bland or tastes bad? “Medicine and food share the same source” according to a 200+ year-old Chinese pharmacopoeia. The Chinese people have used food to maintain health and cure diseases for centuries.

The four properties and five tastes describe food as having five tastes:

  1. Sour
  2. Sweet
  3. Bitter
  4. Salty
  5. Spicy

The four temperatures are hot, warm, cool and cold. It’s essential that Chinese cooking for health includes ingredients with these various qualities to balance the chi.

For more information, go to:Chinese Food Medicinal Cuisine

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