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10 Things You Must Know About Asian Takeout

Hold on to your chopsticks: Our experts spill the (soy)beans on what's healthy—and not—at Chinese, Japanese, and Thai eateries.
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Edamame isn't automatically low cal

Before you make an appetizer out of those delicious fiber-packed soybeans, ask how the pods have been prepared. If the answer is that they were simply steamed in water, they're an excellent pick, but "some places toss them in oil after steaming them," Ginn reveals. "So what starts out at 120 calories per half cup becomes 220."

That may not seem like a lot, but if you're on a diet, a bowlful could do you in. Solution: Request they serve 'em with no added oil.

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