Food & Drink

Healthy Food

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Watching what we eat is very important and healthy food is important in China too.

In China people eat lots of shū cài / 蔬菜 (vegetables) and shuǐ guǒ /水果 (fruit).

shū cài / 蔬菜 - vegetables

shuǐ guǒ / 水果 - fruit

píng guǒ / 苹果 - apple

xiāng jiāo / 香蕉 - banana

xī hóng shì / 西红柿 - tomato

huáng guā / 黄瓜 - cucumber

shā lā / 沙拉 - salad

When we count fruit we need to use measure word gè / 个, so for one apple we would say yī gè píngguǒ / 一个苹果, for three bananas we would say sān gè xiāngjiāo / 三个香蕉.  

When there is only one item we can remove the number and measure word.

gè / 个 - measure word for a noun

yī gè píngguǒ / 一个苹果 - an apple

sān gè xiāngjiāo / 三个香蕉 - three bananas

To talk about healthy food, you can use these phrases:

duì nǐ de jiànkāng hǎo / 对你的健康好 - It's good for your health.

duì nǐ de jiànkāng bù hǎo / 对你的健康不好 - It's bad for your health.

Let's try them out!

xīhóngshì duì nǐ de jiànkāng hǎo / 西红柿对你的健康好 - Tomatoes are good for your health.

qiǎokèlì duì nǐ de jiànkāng bù hǎo / 巧克力对你的健康不好 - Chocolate is bad for your health.

píngguǒ duì nǐ de jiànkāng hǎo / 苹果对你的健康好 - An apple is good for your health.

xiāngcǎo bīngqílín duì nǐ de jiànkāng bù hǎo / 香草冰淇淋对你的健康不好 - Vanilla ice-cream is bad for your health.

shūcài duì nǐ de jiànkāng hǎo / 蔬菜对你的健康好 - Vegetables are good for your health.

shǔtiáo duì nǐ de jiànkāng bù hǎo / 薯条对你的健康不好 - Chips are bad for your health.