Just the right food
Since 1992, we have consistently served over 3 millions satified customers with delicious, gourmet Chinese cuisine. Specializing in Mandarin, Sizchuan, Hunan, Shanghai and Taiwan styles of cooking, Evergreen promises only the most authentic flavors with the freshest ingredients, and always at a affordable price.
Gluten and Gluten-Free Choice
What is Gluten? Where does it come from? How can it affect our health?
- Gluten is the protein that occurs naturally in wheat, rye, barley, and crossbreeds of these grains. Foods that typically contain gluten include breads, cakes, cereals, pastas, and many other foods. 
- Gluten is the substance that gives breads and other grain products their shape, strength, and texture. But for the estimated 3 million Americans suffering from celiac disease, an auto-immune digestive disorder, consuming gluten can have serious health consequences. 
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s regulation of Gluten-free claims
- In August of 2013, the U.S. FDA issued a regulation that defined the term “gluten-free” for food labeling. The definition provided consumers – especially those with celiac disease – the assurance that “gluten-free” claims on food products will be consistent and reliable across the food industry, and gave them a standardized tool for managing their health and dietary intake. 
Is the soy sauce gluten-free at Evergreen?
- Per FDA, if the soy sauce was made using a roasted grain that does not contain gluten, or the grains were processed to remove gluten and the use of the ingredient resulted in the presence of less than 20 parts per gram gluten in the food, then it would be permitted to bear the “gluten-free” claim. 
- At Evergreen, we use naturally fermented soy sauce made by Kikkoman®, which actually met Codex Alimentarius standards for gluten-free foods. Tests show their gluten content to be well under the 20 parts per gram required for gluten free products.
What can you do, if you have celiac disease?
- At Evergreen, we seriously take your health and nutrition into consideration. If you have mild celiac disease, you may ask for gluten-free food by avoiding deep-fried dishes and soy sauce prepared food, although soy sauce we use would not endanger your health at Evergreen.
- If you are seriously allergic to gluten, these are what you could ask:
- Avoid dishes that are deep-fried, like sweet & sour chicken, or order it without breaded ingredient.
- Ask for the dishes with white sauce preparation, instead of the soy sauce.
- Once you have requested for gluten-free food, these are the protocols that how we prepare your food:
- Meticulous clean the kitchenware that were exposed to grain and soy products to avoid contamination.
- Cook your food using non-breaded meat with white sauce.
1. “Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods”. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. May 22, 2016. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
MSG (Monosodium glutamate) and MSG- Free Choice
What is MSG? How is it made?
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of amino acid glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is naturally present in our bodies, and in many foods and food additives. 
- MSG occurs naturally in many foods. Nowadays, instead of extracting and crystallizing MSG from seaweed broth, MSG is produced by the fermentation of starch, sugar beets, sugar cane or molasses. 
How can it affect our health?
- MSG has been used as a food additive for decades. Although over the years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to food containing MSG, there is NO research that has found definitive evidence of a link between MSG and the symptoms caused by MSG intake. Researchers addressed, though, that a small percentage of people may have short-term reactions to MSG. Symptoms are usually mild and don’t require treatment. 
- FDA considers the addition of MSG to foods to be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). Although many people identify themselves as sensitive to MSG, in studies with such individuals given MSG or a placebo, scientists have NOT been able to consistently trigger reactions. 
How do we use MSG at Evergreen?
- Per FDA, “Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), who is an independent scientific group, reported identified some short-term, transient, and generally mild symptoms, such as headache, numbness, and flushing that may occur in some sensitive individuals who consume 3 grams or more of MSG WITHOUT food.” 
- At Evergreen, we meticulously select fresh materials as a respect of the gift of nature. We will cautiously add flavor enhancer in your food, if necessary, which contains minimum amount of MSG in the food to make sure that it is safe and delicious to take.
What can you do, if you are sensitive to MSG or prefer MSG-free food?
- Although, it is not common that people have reactions to MSG, known as “MSG symptom complex” , we are happy to satisfy all your needs concerning MSG consuming. If you are sensitive to MSG or prefer MSG-free food, you could simply ask your server for MSG-free dishes.
- Once you have requested for MSG-free food, these are the protocols that how we prepare your food:
- Meticulous clean the kitchenware that were exposed to MSG to avoid contamination.
- Cook your food by completely holding MSG.
1. "Questions and Answers on Monosodium glutamate (MSG)". U.S. Food and Drug Administration. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
2. “What is MSG? Is it bad for you?” Mayo Clinic. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
Generally, it is been taken that Chinese food is healthier than American food to some extent. In several aspects, Chinese food is helpful for lower-prevalence of life-threatening disease:
- Higher vegetable consumption. Vegetables play an important role in Chinese fare, compared with American food. Vegetables provide dietary fiber, antioxidant vitamins and minerals, which can help prevent obesity and diabetes, even tumor. 
- Fewer fried foods. Asian cooking techniques typically prefer steaming or stir-frying, instead of deep-frying, which reduce or eliminate oils that add calories or fats to dishes. 
- Fewer red meats. Asian diets use red meats sparingly, focusing instead on lean proteins, such as fish and tofu. In comparison to Hamburgers, pork chops, steaks, meatballs, bacon and sausage, fish and tofu are lower or none in saturated fats and provide essential fatty acids that support brain and nerve function. 
- Fewer simple carbohydrates. Asian fare typically doesn’t include white flour products, while American food rely heavily on simple carbohydrates, which are most commonly found in white flour products. Rice maybe the only thing that is considered as high in carbohydrates. 
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recommended calories intake.
- The FDA presents two recommended calories intake levels, each with a guideline of 30% of total intake from fat calories. For a female adult the level is around 2,000 calories per day, with 600 fat calories. For a male adult the level is around 2,500 calories per day, with 750 fat calories. 
- The calories intake levels above are recommended if you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, you should eat less than the recommended calories intake amount to lose that weight. 
- A very low calories diet can be just as bad for you as consuming too many calories. It is important to find a healthy balance between calories intake and calories burned. 
What do we do at Evergreen to help you balance your calories intake?
- At Evergreen, we make great efforts to help you balance your nutrition intake, calories consumption, as well as a fantastic taste experience. There are a series of procedures we apply to keep our food low in fat. Once the raw meat, including chicken, pork, and beef, is delivered, we will manually remove any visible fat to make sure that you will only consume lean protein. The cooking technique we use at Evergreen is two-stage cooking. First we pre-cook the meat in over 300 ºF process, the fat in the raw meat will be decomposed on a large extent, followed by draining the decomposed fat out, then the meat will be cooked with a variety of fresh vegetables.
- At Evergreen, we can always accommodate your preferences or health needs. You are always welcome to ask for food light on oil, and we are very happy to further assist you to reduce your calories intake.
- Here are some examples of calories count of the Chinese food. For your reference, the calories of one of our standard dinner size entrée equals to, or even less than, one 8 oz. beef hamburger, or a ¼ pie of pepperoni pizza.
2. “Recommended Calories Intake” Bistro MD. Retrieved from www.bistromd.com on July 22, 2017.
Preventing Food Allergies
Some sciences facts about food allergens
- Each year, more than 50 million Americans have allergic reactions to food. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies are estimated to affect 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults. 
- Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening, i.e., anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can come on within minutes of exposure to the allergens. 
- There are eight types of food account for about 90 percent of all reactions: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. 
- Symptoms of a food allergic reaction may manifest in the following ways: vomiting and/or stomach cramps, hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, repetitive cough, trouble swallowing, etc. 
What can you do, if you have food allergy?
- There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early cognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious health consequences. 
- At Evergreen, we highly regard food safety and your health needs. It is crucial for you to acknowledge your server about your food allergy in detail: what type of food/ingredient are you allergic to? How seriously are you allergic to it? Is there any related product you are allergic to, besides the food allergens?
- Once you have acknowledged us about your food allergy, these are the protocols that how we prepare your food:
- Carefully review your order to eliminate any related products that may contain the ingredients you are allergic to.
- Meticulous clean the kitchenware that were exposed to the allergens to avoid contamination.
- Cook your food by completely avoiding the allergens.
1. “Food Allergy”. American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
2. “Food Allergens”. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
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