When eating at a Chinese restaurant, what should you avoid if you suffer from heartburn?
BY: Jane Shiyen Chou
Most heartburn sufferers know to avoid spicy dishes, but they may not realize that it’s a good idea to stay away from high-fat fare as well. When eating Chinese food, that means entrees that feature deep-fried chunks of meat, like lemon chicken, sweet and sour pork, and General Tso’s chicken; deep-fried appetizers like egg rolls, shrimp toast and fried wontons; and fried rice and noodles. Instead, stick with steamed brown rice and dishes with plenty of vegetables and a light sauce, such as beef with broccoli, chicken with mixed vegetables, or shrimp with mushrooms and bamboo shoots.
Jane Shiyen Chou, managing editor of Live Right Live Well, has more than 20 years of experience editing and writing for national consumer magazines and Web sites. She specializes in health, nutrition, fitness and parenting, and was a former editor at Family Circle, Redbook, Baby Talk, Child and McCall's magazines.