Must-Read: Health Ethnic Food
Growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago, there wasn’t a whole lot of ethnic fare we could expose ourselves to. It was a lot of hot dogs, and pizzas, and hamburgers, and other foods in the great Americana culture that were part of our normal dietary staples. Indian food? Forget it. Japanese sushi? Ha, try again. And if you even thought to suggest something as exotic as Ethiopian, you’d be met with stunned silence that that was actually an option. So even now, whenever we head out to try some ethnic food of some sort, we’re left a bit out of our element. It’s a slow process, and we’re learning, but it’s taken awhile for us to get the gist of some of the more foreign cuisine. But if you’re asking us about whether or not something like that is healthy, well, we honestly have no idea.
Which is why today we’re pointing you in the direction of Men’s Fitness as they go through the various kinds of ethnic foods that are actually good for you and you don’t have to worry about eating. For instance, among the kinds of foods they go through, they deal with one of our favorites, Japanese fare:
One of the world’s great cuisines, but avoid tempuras, cream sauces, eel sauce (too much added sugar) and sushi rolls with “crunchies.”
Diet Killers: katsu (deep-fried pork cutlet), crunchy volcano roll with spicy mayo sauce
Belly Friendly: sashimi (plain raw fish), futomaki roll (with no tamago), and edamame (without salt)
Good to Know: Rolls made with brown rice have the same calorie content as their white rice counterparts, but contain more fiber and nutrients.
The articles goes through another bunch of foods, so pretty much everything you can think about eating is listed there. So give it a check-out, see what kinds of foods are alright to ingest, and then head on over to your local Little Whatever-You-Want-To-Eat and go from there!
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.