Healthier Chinese Menu projectChinese is the most popular takeaway food in the UK.
But, although traditional Chinese food is healthy, chefs have adapted their recipes to suit local taste buds as their dishes have become more popular.
And, because our taste buds favour foods which are high in fat, salt and sugar and because we eat bigger portion sizes, Chinese dishes have become less healthy over time. They can also contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour enhancer which is high in sodium.
We're working with takeaways and restaurants across Belfast to encourage them to return to traditional cooking methods and offer healthier alternatives to their customers.
After attending nutrition training courses, organised in association with Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and the Food Standards Agency, with help from the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre, the Chinese Welfare Association and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, more than 20 businesses have now reworked their menus to include healthier options.
These include dishes which are lower in fat, salt and sugar and contain no monosodium glutamate (MSG).