Ancient Chinese Diet Secret

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Their plates contain a lot of flavor - five, to be precise - a tactic said to help them eat less. Chinese people employ the "rule of five" to include sweet, salty, pungent, sour and bitter flavors in all dishes. Try these tips during your next trip for takeout: get rice and dumplings steamed, not fried. Or better yet, replace rice with vegetables. Opt for stir-fried dishes instead of those that are deep-fried, like wontons, crispy noodles and crab Rangoon. If you must have meat in your dish, avoid those that are battered and deep-fried, like lemon chicken, orange beef and spare ribs. Better choices lie on the seafood and vegetarian sides of the menu.