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Nutritional Value in Traditional Chinese Cuisine Foods

Updated on June 1, 2011

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:

Home Chinese Recipes

Traditional Chinese Food Recipes

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Hot and Sour Soup
Hot and Sour Soup | Source
Chinese Noodles
Chinese Noodles | Source
Fried Rice
Fried Rice | Source

Nutritional Value

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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    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      J.S.Mathew, thanks for the added information. That makes a lot of sense to me. Appreciate both the read and your comment.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Alocsin, after having read your hub on comparing calorie counts versus how much exercise would be needed to burn those calories, I can appreciate your interest in the nutritional values for these and many dishes.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is very useful and interesting! Thanks for laying out the nutrition details of each ingredient. You mentioned that Chinese Food in America has become "Americanized". This is very true. From what I have learned, the origins of how this happened date back to when the Chinese were brought to the US to build the railroad system. Since they didn't care for the taste of American cuisine, the Chinese immigrants used what ever ingredients they could find that were similar to their ingredients back in China, and mixed them with other American ingredients. After it caught on, they started deep frying food in oil, something that was not as common in China. Very good Hub and I voted up and SHARING!


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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is excellent since I have trouble sometimes locating nutritional values for these dishes. Voting this Up and Useful. Thanks for SHARING.

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Fresh foods certainly do make an impact on flavor and appearance--and in nutritional value, too.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Authentic Chinese food uses much more vegetables, as you said. From the Chinese people I know, the vegetables are freshly bought which makes things even tastier. They don't use frozen or canned at all. But I love Chinese food even if it is Americanized Great hub. Thanks for the interesting info.

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      L.L. Woodard 7 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks for the comment, tcfsu. I agree. The Chinese habit of eating more vegetables than meat at a meal makes sense in so many healthy ways.

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      tcfsu 7 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

      By the looks of it, Traditional Chinese Food is much healthier than the food we eat here in America! Great hub, thanks for the info!