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Need info about the yin and yang of Chinese nutrition theory


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Need info about the yin and yang of Chinese nutrition theory

rworange | Jul 11, 2011 07:27 PM

A friend is learning how to cook Chinese food and wanted to know more about the nutritional aspect. His primary interest is in the food, but he was interested in in learning some of the possible health aspects.

So it is not about using food for medicinal benefits, but more curiosity of the benefits of eating some of these dishes and how to achieve balanced meals.

This wiki article has a little about it

Yang foods are believed to increase the body's heat (e.g. raise the metabolism), while Yin foods are believed to decrease the body's heat (e.g. lower the metabolism). As a generalization, Yang foods tend to be dense in food energy, especially energy from fat, while Yin foods tend to have high water content. The Chinese ideal is to eat both types of food to keep the body in balance"

Are there any sites or books that have recipes along with the nutritional benefits such as this link which only has one recipe for squash and chestnut soup?

This link looking for restaurants on the SF board mentions a book by Grace Young, called The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen: Classic Family Recipes for Celebration and Healing

Can anyone shed more light on the subject or how to research it? About all I know about health benefits is to drink pu-erh tea after dim sum to aid digestion.

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