Thai and Chinese food may not be too healthy
Oct 17 2013
On my return to India, I continued to practice cooking Chinese food every day for dinner. Soon I was adept at dishes like green and red curry, rice wraps, sesame potatoes, coconut pudding, rice cakes, pad thai and all the soups. I could distinguish the tastes imparted by the different sauces like light and dark soya, black bean sauce, mushroom sauce, vegetarian soup flavoring powder, sweet chilli sauce…you name the sauce, I was an expert. Every night I served only far eastern dishes on my dining table.
After about a month of this indulgence, I woke up one morning with a heavy load on my head. The feeling persisted during the day, and became worse as the days went by. It felt as if an elephant was sitting on my head. I was dizzy off and on but attributed this to an old ear problem that I suffer from at times. Finally, when I could not ignore these any longer, I went to my doctor and learnt that my blood pressure was 160 by 90 and the heaviness and dizziness was because of this. Also, the doctor attributed this to the quantity of readymade sauces I had been consuming on a daily basis! I gave up my Thai and Chinese food with immediate effect and was better.
On reading the sauce labels, I discovered to my horror the amount of sodium I had been consuming on a daily basis! One regular serving contained 1,600 mg of sodium, and I would add at least 3 to 4 servings since in Bangkok they teach you how to flavour food without using any additional salt. The sugar content was equally high, and some of the sauces even contained oil along with preservatives and colouring agents I had never heard of.
Because I love Chinese and Thai food, I kept looking for healthy alternatives to cooking them. I am happy to report that I discovered liquid aminos, which are basically fermented soya beans with no added salt. I also learnt how to make my own soya sauce which I am sharing with you. So please learn from me and avoid all these readymade sauces which we get in the market. Our bodies cannot cope with all the sodium and preservatives which these sauces contain and this leads us to being sick. These sauces are so easy to make at home and are much healthier as well.