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Healthy Chinese Food: What to Order and What to Skip

Because it incorporates lots of vegetables in every dish, Chinese food is often perceived as healthy. But that's not exactly true, or false for that matter. If you want to make healthy choices when eating at a Chinese restaurant, here's what you should and shouldn't order.

Order: Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

It's full of shrimp and vegetables and the calorie count is low for the portion, making it something that tastes great and fills you up.

Skip it: Szechuan Shrimp

This is a deceptive dish, and while it is delicious and full of vegetables, it is cooked with lots of oil. Lots of oil means lots of calories which means lots of no, no, no for your waistline.

Order: Wonton Soup

The light broth and dumplings are filling and satisfying. It's a great way to start off your meal at a Chinese restaurant.

Skip it: Dumplings

Dumplings, especially the pan-fried variety, contain a lot of calories for a small portion. You can save some calories by having them steamed or choosing a vegetable-only filling though.

Order: Buddha's Delight

If you want something healthy that will fill you up, try this dish filled with vegetables and tofu. It only has about 300 calories which means you don't need to feel guilty if you eat the whole thing.

Skip it: Vegetable Lo Mein

While it seems like a healthy choice with all the vegetables, the pile of noodles that accompany it is going to totally sabotage your efforts at the gym. With all the sauce and noodles, you're looking at a good 900 calories if you eat this dish.

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