This ruined my day: Dim Sum Too High in Fat, Sodium - Study

craigdawg

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Sutekidane

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Never had it, but have always wanted to try it after playing Shenmue II for Sega Dreamcast ages ago.
 

Mav451

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haha, depends how "Americanized" it is. I see some dishes having a bit of sodium, but I don't see how it would be any more than what you would eat (for lunch) anywhere else.

Now oil/fat content? Uh, yeah its gonna be fatty. I mean whose heard of a "low-fat dim sum"? It doesn't exist. You want to eat healthy, its almost always going to be at home, never when you go out.
 

Lacero

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No kidding. Exactly where do you eat your dim sum? If the menu is in English, it's not real dim sum. Like how take-out pizza has no resemblance to real Italian pizza.

Dim sum is enjoyed by many Asians on a daily basis and most Asians live long lives. Is this another scare tactic?
 

munkle

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Plus there are hundreds of different types of dim sum, like the study says some are healthier than others. To brand dim sum as unhealthy is a just a huge generalisation.
 

Mr. Anderson

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munkle said:
Plus there are hundreds of different types of dim sum, like the study says some are healthier than others. To brand dim sum as unhealthy is a just a huge generalisation.
One easy way to avoid all the nasty stuff is to just not eat anything fried....

I haven't had Dim Sum in years, though. They should probably do another study on Spanish Tapas - its probably just as bad.

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Eevee

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Not only if the menu is in English, but the chefs preparing them for you aren't Asians, then it's NOT dim sum.

Most people will not eat "no-fat" or "low-sodium" dim sum. It's like that episode in "Everyone Loves Raymond" when Marie prepared a "rice" turkey for the Thanksgiving feast. Yuck!!!

Luv dim sum, and agree they are high in salt, (MSG? secret ingredient to make you come back for more?), and fat. Maybe that's why I'm sleepy afterwards...Hmm...
 

Apple Hobo

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Lovers of dim sum, beware.

A study in Hong Kong has found the tiny, mouthwatering Chinese snacks are high in fat and sodium and excessive consumption will increase the risk of obesity.
Excessive consumption of high fat/sodium snacks is bad for you? Say it ain't so! :rolleyes: I learn something new everyday! :rolleyes:^2
 

Punani

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At this rate, I seriously wonder what isn't bad for you. It frustrates me that time and money is spent on such studies it's like requiring studies to show that junk food is bad.

While I'm sure there is some scientific value in knowing how bad it is for you, I think there are more important things facing humanity that we can throw money at than traditional dishes that have too much of X, Y, or, Z. Especially since this comes out of Hong Kong, dim sum is really supposed to be just small breakfast "snacks" that are casually eaten, and while in this case it refers specifically to the small shrimp dumplings and whatnot you would order at a Chinese seafood restaurant...when someone says, "I'm going to go get a bite to eat" or, "I'm going to go get a snack," that's also what "dim sum" is.

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bluebomberman

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They did a study?

What? Dim sum is unhealthy? Duh. Almost all authentic dim sum in New York is slathered in sauce, fried, loaded with meat, and/or pumped with salt.

What we need is an Asian Dr. Atkins to come and tell us that eating copious amounts of chicken feet, dumplings, and fried seafood is actually good for you...
 

eleveneastgate

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I rarely just get Dim Sum, I usually get a few steam vegetable dishes, soup & tea as well.

I guess we all should excercise moderation
 

dvdh

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The architecture office I used to work in would go out for dim sum a couple times a month. It was a big joke though, because half way through the afternoon, someone would be sleeping on the floor, and the rest of us would be propping ours eyes open with left over chop sticks and searching for coffee. . . . Needless to say the principle took notice and dim sum days came to an end. . . (he was the one sleeping on the floor at least once)
 

Mav451

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dvdh said:
The architecture office I used to work in would go out for dim sum a couple times a month. It was a big joke though, because half way through the afternoon, someone would be sleeping on the floor, and the rest of us would be propping ours eyes open with left over chop sticks and searching for coffee. . . . Needless to say the principle took notice and dim sum days came to an end. . . (he was the one sleeping on the floor at least once)
Lol that put the funniest picture in my head. Especially the "propping our eyes open" part. Sigh, I wonder if I'll ever experience something that hilarious when I get out into the job force.
 

Lacero

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Hate to admit it but Chicken Feet are my favorite dim sum food, right up there with Leaf Steamed Rice.
 

topicolo

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Well, I guess the chinese are all screwed, with their insanely high obesity rates and all. :rolleyes:

*mouth keeps watering at the thought of dim sum*
 

bluebomberman

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A surprisingly large number of Chinese people I know (including my parents) past middle age are on prescriptions for cholesterol and/or high blood pressure. A lot of Chinese food here in America has become particularly unhealthy.

Take a look at the barbecued meats that hang behind shop windows. My parents probably had roast pig once a year back in China; in New York, you can have roast pig every day for like $5 a pound. Man, my folks ate a lot of barbecued meats.
 

Eevee

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bluebomberman said:
What? Dim sum is unhealthy? Duh. Almost all authentic dim sum in New York is slathered in sauce, fried, loaded with meat, and/or pumped with salt.

What we need is an Asian Dr. Atkins to come and tell us that eating copious amounts of chicken feet, dumplings, and fried seafood is actually good for you...
It's easier to publish a scientific paper with something we know about (i.e. eating fatty, fried, salty...is bad for you) than something we don't know about.

And I'm happy your parents are eating a lot of BBQ meats instead of once a year. Are they exercising, though?
 

Eevee

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topicolo said:
Well, I guess the chinese are all screwed, with their insanely high obesity rates and all. :rolleyes:

*mouth keeps watering at the thought of dim sum*
Well, I guess there is no hope for me...

Like Homer Simpson drooling "Mmm...Dim Sum."
 

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dvdh

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notjustjay said:
Hey dvdh, where did you guys go? Yangtze? Chu Sing?
Usually we went to Palais Imperial on Dalhousie, since it was just a couple minutes from the office (I was working with IKOY Architects on Dalhousie and York at the time)

We did go to Yangtze at least a couple times, and I thought it was better. A little more pricey and harder to get into a lunch though (especially for a group)
 

rubinass

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What's this about a "menu"...

...everybody knows that the best dim sum houses don't use menus. You just pick out plates from the carts rolling around the room.
 

craigdawg

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rubinass said:
...everybody knows that the best dim sum houses don't use menus. You just pick out plates from the carts rolling around the room.
They have picture menus in my favorite place in SF, for the tourists. Sometimes people need a cheat sheet. Otherwise I think they're intimidated somewhat, since most everything is wrapped up and not easily distinguishable.

I remember being in New Asia (I think) in Chinatown on new year's day and there was one caucasian couple from Austin in this huge (1000+ person) dim sum house. We took their picture (they were on vacation) and gave them some tips. They were enjoying the experience and that was fun to see.