Let’s not kid ourselves, we (Asians) eat rice, every … single … meal, every … day! A lot!
You know what else we eat?! Fried stuff!
Consequently, a big portion of our population is fat, some can be categorically considered as obese.
You just need to walk around big cities and Asia and you will see the evidence.
BUT .. still … compared to the US population (for example), you can say that we are still below the level (of fatness) on average.
And I think this is all about the followings:
1. Yes we eat a lot of rice, but we ALSO eat plenty of vegetables, meat, fish, fruits, etc. I believe we more balanced diet.
2. We don’t go eating junk-food as much as people in other countries. I think it’s because we love our own cuisine. There are so much varieties, and they are all delicious.
3. We don’t eat excessively. There is no culture of ‘Super Size Me’! All the meal portion in restaurant, or even in junk-food place, are considerably ‘small’.
4. Having said that, Asian foods have other ‘danger’. We use coconut a lot, we fry many things. Consequently, we’ve got problem with Cholesterol, Diabetes (my mother died from it), Heart disease (my dad had double by-pass, and a survivor of a couple of heart attack).
So, even though we are a bit on a lighter side at the weight department, we are not exactly that much healthier.
If the Chinese can get away with it perhaps you can too!
Want to know how to make this Asian Fries noodles?
Vegetarian Singapore Noodles
1 cup Bean sprouts
2 cloves Garlic
1 Red bell pepper
100 g Snow peas
3 tbsp Soy sauce
Pasta & grains
1/2 450g package Vermicelli rice noodles
Baking & spices
2 tsp Curry powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Turmeric
Oils & vinegars
2 tsp Canola oil
1 tsp Sesame oil
2 tbsp Water
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By Chris Prakoso