Nutritional Value in Traditional Chinese Cuisine Foods
We're all familiar with many of the foods used in Chinese cooking and recipes. Rice, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and more lend a distinctive flavor and ambiance to a dish, but what nutritional value do they provide?
An important item to remember is that the food served to Americans in most Chinese restaurants has been "Americanized" for our consumption. Traditional Chinese cooking makes a broad use of vegetables and rice, with little emphasis on meat. Americans and those who adhere to the Western-style of eating often make meat the star of any meal, with vegetables and rice a side dish or after-thought.
If you're interested in cooking and eating Chinese food in a more traditional Chinese manner, consider these:
Bamboo Shoots (1 cup, canned, drained): 25 calories; 1.8 g fiber; 2.25 g protein; 4.22 g carbohydrate; 0.52 g fat; 9 mg sodium.
Chinese noodles (1 cup): 491 calories; 0.7 g fiber; 0.22 g protein; 121 g carbohydrate; 0.08 g fat; 14 mg sodium.
Rice Noodles (1 cup, cooked): 192 calories; 1.8 g fiber; 1.6 g protein; 44 g carbohydrate; 0.35 g fat; 33 mg sodium.
Fried Rice (1 cup, Chinese Restaurant): 228 calories; 1.5 g fiber; 6.54 g protein; 43 g carbohydrate; 3.18 g fat; 554 mg sodium.
White Rice (1 cup, steamed, Chinese Restaurant): 199 calories; 1.2 g fiber; 4.22 g protein; 44.7 g carbohydrate; 0.36 g fat; 7 mg sodium.
Broccoli (1 cup, Chinese, cooked): 19 calories; 2.2 g fiber; 1 g protein; 3.35 g carbohydrate; 0.63 g fat; 6 mg sodium.
Soy Sauce (1 tblsp., made from hydrolyzed vegetable protein): 7 calories; 0.1 g fiber; 0.44 g protein; 1.39 g carbohydrate; 0.01 g fat; 1024 mg sodium.
Soy Sauce (1 tblsp., made from soy and wheat, reduced sodium): 8 calories; 0.1 g fiber; 0.83 g protein; 1.36 g carbohydrate; 0.01 g fat; 533 mg sodium.
Hot and Sour Soup (1 cup): 500 calories; 6 g fiber; 24 g protein; 37 g carbohydrate; 28 g fat; 0.0 mg sodium.
Garlic Sauce (1 cup): 668 calories; 1 g fiber; 9.6 g protein; 31 g carbohydrate; 57 g fat; 3300 mg sodium.
Wonton Wrapper: 23 calories; 0.1 g fiber; 0.78 g protein; 4.6 g carbohydrate; 0.12 g fat; 46 mg sodium.
Egg Roll Wrapper: 93 calories; 0.6 g fiber; 3.1 g protein; 18.5 g carbohydrate; 0.5 g fat; 183 mg sodium.
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