Are you a big Chinese food fan? When you think of fried rice, noodles, soup or momos does your mouth water? Then you definitely need to read this article.

Chinese foods are delicious and represent one of the richest and most diverse culinary heritages. While some Chinese cuisines are found in different parts of the world, many of the cuisines are just an adaptation of Chinese seasonings and cooking techniques.

Most of the versions of Chinese food that have gained popularity are fast foods that have only a few authentic ingredients and are passed of as Chinese. Some of the most common ingredients of used in Chinese foods are ajinomoto and soy products.

Ajinomoto or Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and soy are the reasons why your Chinese food is so lip smacking that you keep craving more. Unfortunately, these ingredients are associated with a number of health risks.

• Soy is definitely a rich source of protein, but it also has high phytoestrogen content. Consuming too much of it can cause breast cancer, infertility, uterine fibroids, low libido and endometriosis.

• Soy is known to be a danger for your thyroid, since it prevents it from receiving enough iodine and can result in many thyroid-related diseases.

• Soy is a rich source of phytate, which is an enzyme that blocks the absorption of minerals in the human digestive tract. Hence, your digestive system can be disturbed, resulting in many health problems.

• Consuming MSG in excess results in headaches that can develop into migraines, which are severe and tend to be repetitive.

• MSG is also known to affect the nerves, causing numbness, tingling or a sense of burning in the face and neck and drowsiness and fatigue. Diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s have also been caused by an over consumption of MSG.

• Consumption of MSG can result in heart problems. Chest pains, cardiac arrest and heart palpitations are commonly seen amongst those who consume MSG beyond moderation.

Soy and MSG should be consumed in moderation, especially by women and children, who are at a higher risk of developing health complications. While you don’t need to avoid Chinese food, you should avoid these ingredients.