Infographic: Chinese ‘Hot’ and ‘Cold’ Foods

This visualisation’s been on my list for a while now: Chinese ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ foods.

Chinese 'hot' and 'cold' foods
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The Chinese have an ancient way of classifying foods into ‘hot’, ‘warm’, ‘cool’ and ‘cold’ based on how you feel after you eat them. Watermelon is ‘cold’, for example, and chocolate is ‘hot’. It makes sense, really.

I plotted “temperatures” (in a Chinese sense) of common foods against their retail price in Coles supermarket, Australia. The results are really interesting.

It’s a bit cartoony. Feel free to use it as you wish. Enjoy 🙂



4 thoughts on “Infographic: Chinese ‘Hot’ and ‘Cold’ Foods

  1. oh God, I hate it 😀 whenever I’m with my MIL she makes me eat ‘balanced food’ so I stay healthy, she forbids me to drink cold drinks even water so I don’t get stomach pain… that’s just a torture 😀


    1. It can be exhausting keeping up with all these Chinese health requirements! There seems I be ok equivalent level of understanding in the west. There seem to be some benefits to it, though: China has long has a very high life expectancy for its GDP!


      1. I love it love it love it. It makes me feel so good ohhhhhh. I always drink warm water as well and since then I haven’t been sick at all. Wow! Thank you so much !!


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