Saturday, March 24, 2007

Food Alarmism

Apparently, Chinese food is unhealthy. I guess that would mean that people that eat a lot of Chinese food wouldn't live as long as people who didn't eat a lot of Chinese food. So, let's look at two countries with fairly similar economic systems, one where the average person probably eats Chinese food a couple times a month (at best), and one where the average person eats Chinese food just about every day (source: CIA Factbook):

UK life expectancy
total population: 78.54 years
male: 76.09 years
female: 81.13 years (2006 est.)

Hong Kong life expectancy
total population: 81.59 years
male: 78.9 years
female: 84.5 years (2006 est.)


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At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your comparison is poor at best. You make the faulty assumption that cuisine in China is prepared the same way (proportion of meats and vegetables, sauce preparation and quantity) and the diners have the same eating habits (portion size, etc.) The fact is that the manner in which Chinese food is prepared and consumed in China is completely different than the Americanized or Caucasianized 'Chinese' cuisine. Half of the dishes on Chinese menus in the US are not even native Chinese dishes. Showing only life expectancy data to prove point makes for a rather over-generalized, superficial, and uninformed argument.

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Jim Bob said...

You appear to be confusing the so-called Chinese food served in the West with actual Chinese cuisine. Bad blogger.

At 8:20 PM, Blogger brain said...

I have to agree with those comments - the comparison isn't valid. However, I also like to complain!


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