Chinese food

By allen405 Latest Reply 2014-02-11 13:04:38 -0600
Started 2014-02-06 05:24:06 -0600

What is with Chinese food that always spikes my BS?

24 replies

Jan8 2014-02-11 13:04:38 -0600 Report

I don't know because it lowers mine. I guess it depends on what you order. I get chicken chow mein.

bayridgevet 2014-02-09 13:53:43 -0600 Report

Lots of sugar in Chinese food, I usually do some extra exercise and I did test about three hours after to check

GabbyPA 2014-02-07 10:12:38 -0600 Report

Hidden stuff. You think it's just the rice or noodles, but the sauces are usually made with corn starches and sugars, even the spicy ones. Avoid the fried items, as the carbs in the breading will add up fast. Chineese food is a once in a while thing for me and I try to stick with the meat and veggie versions without the rice or lo-mean. Even the egg drop soups you have to be careful of. Some make it with corn starch to thicken it...I only will eat clear broth soups.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2014-02-07 05:35:07 -0600 Report

Chinese food if full of carbs. Especially of you're adding sweet sauces and having breaded chicken. The rice is bad for your Bg as well. I don't even splurge with Chinese food as I can't seem to take enough insulin. I tried to measure out sweet n sour chicken shortly after I was diagnosed and I think my plate had over 100 carbs. My DR recommends I keep it around 40. It wAs a no-go for me.

You could try soups or sautéed dishes instead, and maybe skip the rice?

sugarbaby07 2014-02-07 01:49:00 -0600 Report

I sure miss my Chinese takeout :(
Unfortunately I heard all the horror stories of how bad Chinese food is because of all the carbs, :(
But yes I'm pretty sure it's all the sweet n sour sauces, not to mention the noodles and rice (all carbs) I still want to try something that I can enjoy when I'm out with family…but have no clue what to try.

GabbyPA 2014-02-07 10:14:14 -0600 Report

My local restaurant offers veggie plates and if you skip the sauces, it is easier on the levels. The other thing is just portion. Most Chinese restaurants serve large portions and even eating good foods too much will increase your levels.

peggy1255 2014-02-06 22:59:39 -0600 Report

For me it's always been the rice that's spikes my BS, I'm sure the corn starch plays a major role in it also , I was watching a cooking show the other day , they were at a Mexican restaurant and they were adding sugar to the recipes, lots of hidden sugar spikers we never think would be added to certain foods, so do we ask or just avoid certain restaurants , something to think about;)

haoleboy 2014-02-06 18:14:36 -0600 Report

being from Hawaii rice was a staple in my diet. many days it was served breakfast lunch and dinner. might be the hardest thing I have had to give up (well … aside from Ben and Jerry's). I tried the whole grain rices … pink and brown for example but they also skyrocket my BGL

jigsaw 2014-02-06 18:53:28 -0600 Report

Don't even mention Ben and Jerry's! It's bad enough that my wife keeps coming home with frozen yogurt, and rocky road ice cream. I keep pushing it out of my mind, but somehow it keeps coming up! Stick with fish, it's safer! LoL!!!

dagger1234 2014-02-06 15:59:44 -0600 Report

White rice is the main reason why your blood levels are spiking. I am asian and I live and die for white rice. I still eat it occasionally but try not to over do it. I used to eat A LOT of rice! like litterally 3 cups of rice. Now I can make three cups of FULL COOKED RICE, i can make it into 2-3 meals. As the same with what I do now with my meals. Making one meal 2 meals is awesome. You should try that. Also, having an full stomach is one of the worse feelings for me, thats why.

EDITED: also what i forgot to mention was, maybe its just me or could benefit and help you rice lovers, medium grained white rice doesnt affect my blood sugars, as much as long grained. TRY IT.

jigsaw 2014-02-06 16:32:13 -0600 Report

I can't even sit in the same room with rice! Rice ( although I love it ) sends my blood glucose rocketing! I still eat chinese food, but no rice or noodles for me.
I have tried various types of rice, and in some cases there was less effect on my BG, but no matter, my BG goes high regardless.

Type1Lou 2014-02-06 15:54:00 -0600 Report

If I avoid the rice, the noodles, the wontons, anything fried and the sweet sauces, chinese food is OK for me…because then it's mostly just veggies and meat. Rice is really high on the glycemic index. I'll make stir fry often and serve my husband's over rice or noodles but skip the rice and noodles on my plate.

jigsaw 2014-02-06 16:39:04 -0600 Report

Likewise! I cook up a stir fry from time to time and serve it over rice and noodles also. Not for my husband though, I do it for my wife. I can't remember having rice, ( been so long ) but I do sneak in a few noodles with little effect.

Type1Lou 2014-02-06 17:19:51 -0600 Report

For me, it all boils down to carb awareness and taking the steps not to exceed my daily carb allowance of 120 total carb grams.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-06 11:44:21 -0600 Report

As jigsaw said many Chinese Dishes contain cornstarch which will spike blood sugar. Add to that the rice and noodles. I rarely eat Chinese food. If I eat Japanese food I go for the meat and veggies and leave off the rice and noodles.

jigsaw 2014-02-06 16:45:44 -0600 Report

I enjoy Japanese food also. I use to eat at this excellent Japanese restaurant on LI before I moved to NC. There were quite a few good low carb choices on the menu. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a good Japanese restaurant near my current home.

jigsaw 2014-02-06 08:08:48 -0600 Report

Depends on which dishes you consume. I can eat some chinese meals with little effect on my glucose. Also depends on the restaurant. Some put sugar in almost everything. Many chinese soups, and dishes contain corn starch used as thickeners! That will also spike the BG.

Nick1962 2014-02-06 08:47:14 -0600 Report

Hmmm… corn starch… never though of that.
This old dog just got taught a new trick.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-06 11:45:43 -0600 Report

Yep I use to watch Yan Can Cook and some other guy years ago and many of the dishes have a cornstarch base to thicken sauces or natural juices.

Nick1962 2014-02-06 12:05:03 -0600 Report

the part of being a thickener I knew, just never really realized how many carbs were in it. Actually more than flour.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-06 12:08:21 -0600 Report

Sure is, I bought some 3 weeks ago to make Clay with and read the label on it and a bag of flour. The flour does contain less carbs per serving than the corn starch.

Nick1962 2014-02-06 07:57:52 -0600 Report

My guess, probably the rice if you eat it. After that, most of the sauces contain high amounts of sugar. I really avoid anything sweet/sour or mandarin, but you can make a decent stir fry with light soy that's pretty satisfying

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