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Yin and Yang Food: How Does It Affect You

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Did you know that Yin and Yang, the principle at the heart of Chinese philosophy, applies to Chinese food and cooking as well? In Chinese medicine, all food can be divided into four "qi"s: Hot, warm, …

Did you know that Yin and Yang, the principle at the heart of Chinese philosophy, applies to Chinese food and cooking as well? In Chinese medicine, all food can be divided into four "qi"s: Hot, warm, cool and cold, or yang, mild yang, mild yin and yin respectively...

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  • 1. Overview Did you know that Yin and Yang, the principle at the heart of Chinese philosophy, applies to Chinese food and cooking as well? In Chinese medicine, all food can be divided into four “Qi”s: • Hot, warm, cool and cold; or • yang, mild yang, mild yin and yin respectively. * All photos courtesy of istockphoto
  • 2. Yang Food vs Yin Food YANG YIN Improves blood Quenches thirst, circulation and cleanse body and warms us up. cools us down. But Induce constant Lower our if too thirst, hot flashes, metabolism and much… night sweats and weaken our constipation. bodies. Let’s look at some examples of yin and yang food.
  • 3. Grains & Beans Mild Yang Just Right Mild Yin glutinous rice, black rice, corn (maize), sweet potato, soy Wheat / flour, barley, rice, sago, sorghum beans, rice beans, oat, long beans, mung beans, buckwheat, sesame, sweet peas, kidney beans, millet lentil
  • 4. Meat & Dairy Products Mild Yang Just Right Mild Yin Yin beef, lamb (mutton), chicken egg and egg duck, abalone duck egg, crab, clam, octopus, chicken, shrimp, white, pork, scallop, squid, escargots, raw food lobster, mussels, goat fish, cow milk, yogurt milk
  • 5. Vegetables Mild Yang Just Right Mild Yin Yin spring onion, garlic, carrot, potato, taro, tomato, celery, egg plant, spinach, bok choy, arrowhead, water leeks, coriander / mushroom, turnip*, asparagus, artichoke, cauliflower, tofu spinach, watercress, bamboo parsley, onion, pumpkin black fungus* (and soy milk), lotus root, winter melon, shoots, seaweed, straw cucumber, needle mushroom mushroom, bitter melon, * Very mild Yin water chestnut
  • 6. Fruits and Nuts Mild Yang Just Right Mild Yin Yin peach, almond, dates, lychee, plum, grapes, olive, sunflower apple, pear, orange, persimmon, pomelo, banana, long yan, lemon, papaya, pine seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut strawberry, pipa star fruit, kiwi, water melon, nut, walnut, chestnut, cherry, milk, peanut, hazelnut sweet melon mango
  • 7. Other Foods & Ingredients Yang Mild Yang Mild Yin Yin pepper, spices ( young ginger, clove, dill, rosemary, green tea, honey, beer, soy sauce, soy Cinnamon sage, turmeric, thyme, cayenne, nutmeg, chrysanthemum tea, mint bean paste, salt cumin, star anise, ginseng); stimulants (alcohol, coffee, black tea)
  • 8. How Does It Apply To Us? According to the Chinese, each of us are born yin, yang or somewhere in between. • Always crave for spicy food? You’ve got a quot;yinquot; body; • Love watermelon anytime in the year? A Yang. Your health condition can also indicate the yin-yang balance of your body. • Constant cold hands and feet? A Yin; • Get soar throat easily and have a quick temper? A Yang. • Seasonal and geographic variations will also affect our preference on yin and yang foods.
  • 9. The Advice To achieve the equilibrium in your body: • When cooking yin food (applies to most vegetables) add yang herbs and spices such as garlic, spring onion, ginger and coriander. • Eat seasonal food: let the nature guide us how to eat. • Balanced diet: if we eat a wide variety of food, the yin and yang will balance out. Got Questions? Please post in the comment section of: The Chinese Kitchen http://the-chinese-kitchen.com/yin-yang-food-how-does-it-affect-you

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