Good food is the best medicine

Updated: 2007-05-21 08:55

Good food is the best medicine

Before any delicious food reaches the table, Chinese chefs spare no effort in harmonizing the color, aroma and flavor of the dishes.

Readers' comments:

hooiluangoh:It's interesting how many Chinese are so obsessed with linking food with health.

Perhaps it's time someone published a dietery book based on the wealth of knowledge Chinese have on food and its health benefits. This is going to sell like hot cakes in the States as many foreigners are puzzled how Chinese girls manage to stay so slim.

But I hate it when I dislike something and people still shove it into my mouth with the reason: but this is good for you! I am not going to eat something horrible just because it is good for my health.....I mean I am not that desperate....yet!

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The five-element relationship is the standard in Chinese cooking, combining various foods and condiments according to the creative and control cycles of the Five Elemental Energies and their natural affinities with associated organs.

According to a Chinese proverb, 'he that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician.'

The Chinese believe in the medicinal value of food and consider it crucial for longevity. This culinary idea fits in with the Chinese belief in the importance of balance and harmony in every aspect of life. Perhaps this is why Chinese cuisine is so comforting.

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