Food & Drink

Taking control of salt

Stir-fried Chinese-style dishes are so appealing because they are packed with flavor. Unfortunately, when they come from the local takeout joint, they usually are packed with fat and sodium, as well.

That's because many restaurants are heavy-handed with the oil and often deep-fry the meat or seafood that goes in the dish. And it doesn't help that many Chinese ingredients, such as hoisin, oyster and soy sauces, are loaded with sodium.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Preparing traditional takeout items at home gives you nutritional control.

One healthy strategy is to ease up on salty ingredients while boosting the amounts of other intensely flavored items, such as garlic, ginger and chili peppers.

As far as stir-frying goes, if you have a seasoned wok, which is naturally nonstick, you can use little oil. Otherwise, it's best to use a nonstick skillet.