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Chinese food and possible hidden carbs. Eating out at Chinese restaurant.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 28, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I have been on the Paleo for a month and am definitely losing weight. I also feel better. The last three days for lunch I have been going to a Chinese buffet and taking food back to work. I get steamed broccoli, thin sliced chicken and pork with mushrooms. There is a dark thin sauce on all above mentioned foods. I have been concerned about possible carbs hidden in this sauce. The only way I have of telling if there are too many carbs in this meal is the way that I feel after eating. I use to feel tired after a carb meal. Eating this does not make me feel tired at all. They weigh your food there and mine is usually around a pound. So, am I doing the right thing?

Thanks,

Dogan

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on March 01, 2013
at 08:19 AM

So very sad that Chinese are buying into America's conventional wisdom. Now if I want to buy lard I have to go online :(

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on March 01, 2013
at 02:20 AM

Well, the OP said she's eaten it the last 3 days in a row.... so sounds it's a go-to lunch for her.

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on February 28, 2013
at 10:09 PM

I agree - carbs is not the problem here, it's all those possible additives and chemicals including possibly MSG in the sauces.

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on February 28, 2013
at 08:58 PM

Chinese Food from a restaurant, especially a buffet, is most assuredly not Paleo. The vegetables and chicken are probably stir fried, I'm sure in a vegetable oil. The dark sauce I'm sure is soy based and there's probably sugar added. If you're concerned about being 100% Paleo, don't eat at a Chinese restaurant.

That being said, if you're not trying to stay 100% Paleo, then to quote Robb Wolf "Don't sweat the small stuff".

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on February 28, 2013
at 10:09 PM

I agree - carbs is not the problem here, it's all those possible additives and chemicals including possibly MSG in the sauces.

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:35 PM

Folks, how much Chinese takeout/buffet are you eating that the vegetable oil they use is going to have a significant impact on your health? Same goes for hidden carbs, MSG, soy... You'd have to be eating it regularly to have to start worrying about that.

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on March 01, 2013
at 02:20 AM

Well, the OP said she's eaten it the last 3 days in a row.... so sounds it's a go-to lunch for her.

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on February 28, 2013
at 10:12 PM

Most likely some form of oyster sauce.

Do a 'google images' for 'Chinese broccoli oyster sauce' to get some photos to compare.

& see here for the nutritiondata.com info on oyster sauce.

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on February 28, 2013
at 07:20 PM

You could try googling what you are eating to see if traditional recipes contain any grain ingredients or additional carbs, but there is no real way to know for sure without talking to someone at the restaurant. Another thing to consider, when eating Chinese food, is the oil in which the food was cooked, as a lot of recipes use vegetable oils that are less than optimal, and high in omega 6. Also, soy sauce may not be the best option either, or the fried rice, if you are eating those.

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on March 01, 2013
at 08:19 AM

So very sad that Chinese are buying into America's conventional wisdom. Now if I want to buy lard I have to go online :(

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on February 28, 2013
at 10:20 PM

to the person who said MSG , remember that this is a hazard with any processed food. msg is a toxic flavor inhancer that is very popular.

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on February 28, 2013
at 08:59 PM

Chinese Food from a restaurant, especially a buffet, is most assuredly not Paleo. The vegetables and chicken are probably stir fried, I'm sure in a vegetable oil. The dark sauce I'm sure is soy based and there's probably sugar added. If you're concerned about being 100% Paleo, don't eat at a Chinese restaurant.

That being said, if you're not trying to stay 100% Paleo, then to quote Robb Wolf "Don't sweat the small stuff".

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on February 28, 2013
at 08:48 PM

The carbs would be not such a big deal compared to the seed oils. The sauce probably has sugar and soy but definitely has way too much junk oil.

Chinese buffet is tough. Try to avoid as much sauce as you can.

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on February 28, 2013
at 08:34 PM

I think it would be tough to avoid non-paleo foods at a chinese food restaurant especially a buffet - meaning you aren't ordering and making specifications - if you're trying to be strict. Peanut Oils, Soy sauce, plethora of pre-made bulk sauces with sugars, soy, oils, etc., and cross contamination. Sounds like you're making better choices but again if you're trying to be strict I would be wary.

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on February 28, 2013
at 07:38 PM

I found a lot of sauces at Chinese restaurants have corn starch in them. I ask and if they look at me like I have two heads, I ask someone else. Most of the time I can get away with eating the deep fried duck or chicken (some will have quail), but that is about it. I once ordered something called tomato beef thinking I would be safe, only to have it so cloyingly sweet it was inedible because they had dumped a ton of sugar into it.

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on February 28, 2013
at 07:23 PM

well if it's a soy based sauce, I'd think it has some carbs.

There is an asian buffet near my house that I love. I will ask if they can provide any information regarding what is in the sauce they use!

I might go this weekend if I get good news from the doc on my bloodwork!

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