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Chinese Philosophy of Yin and Yang Foods

The philosophy of yin and yang lies at the heart of Chinese culture. Literally, yin and yang mean the dark side and sunny side of a hill.  People commonly think of yin and yang as opposing forces. However, it is more appropriate to view them as complementary pairs.  The Chinese believe problems arise not when the two forces are battling, but when there is an imbalance between them in the environment.Floods, divorce, or even a fire in the kitchen can all be attributed to the disharmony in the forces of yin and yang.

When it comes to food as well, there is always a balance of colours, flavours, and textures. However, the belief in the importance of following the principles of yin and yang in the Chinese diet extends further.Certain foods are thought to have yin or cooling properties, while others have warm, yang properties.The basic kitchen how to’s would tell you consume a diet that contains a healthy balance between the two.

Watch the video below to better understand the Chinese philosophy of yin and yang foods:

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