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The Health Benefits of Chinese Food

Learn about the health benefits of Chinese ingredients like ginger, garlic, tofu and sesame seeds.
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Ginger

Ginger has a long tradition of use in Eastern medicine; it's long been used to soothe nausea and enhance appetite. Newer research has showed that ginger may calm morning sickness and quell pain associated with osteoarthritis.

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Garlic

Pungent garlic has been used in folk medicine to soothe respiratory ailments. It has a number of demonstrated health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and risk of atherosclerosis and certain cancers, plus it has antifungal properties.

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Sesame Seeds

Tiny though they are, sesame seeds are bursting with minerals, including copper, manganese, calcium and iron, as well as a healthy dose of fiber. Sesame chicken gets an update from the Food Network Kitchens in this Sesame Chicken with Snow Peas.

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Mushrooms

Mushrooms give a satisfying umami flavor to foods and make a great replacement for some or all of the meat in some dishes, helping you to cut calories and preserve flavor. Shiitake mushrooms are a good source of energy-producing B vitamins and copper and immune-supporting selenium.

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