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Home-cooked Chinese food 'a healthy option'

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Consumers may regard Chinese takeaways as an unhealthy option only to be consumed as an occasional treat, but nutritionists have pointed out that home-cooked recipes can be healthy and nutritious.

One of the main reasons why takeaways are bad for your health is because they contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), a food additive that has been linked with a range of health problems.

However, nutritionists told Marie Claire magazine that homemade versions of traditional recipes are a different matter.

Nutritionist Patrick Holford explained: "Vegetables should make up half of what's on your plate in any given meal, so this fits perfectly with the Chinese diet."

He also pointed out that soup-based dishes, which are traditionally served with most Chinese meals, are a good way to stay hydrated and keep appetite under control.

Meanwhile, food expert Ian Marber claimed that he is a "great believer" in eating soups before a meal and told Marie Claire that a side dish of plain rice is low in fat and high in fibre.

A recent study in the US found that people who use MSG in their cooking are more likely to be obese than those who do not.ADNFCR-858-ID-18746897-ADNFCR

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