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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 🙂