Egg flower soup is a Chinese dish also commonly referred to as egg drop soup. According to The Woks of Life, the name "egg drop" originates from how this particular soup is constructed, but dropping raw egg into hot soup. When this happens, the egg swirls around in the liquid, creating a pattern that is akin to a flower — hence the original name "egg flower soup".
This soup is relatively low in calories, as most of the ingredients, such as chicken broth, carrots and snow peas, are fat-free and not calorie-dense.
A one cup serving of egg flower soup contains 65 calories. This makes egg flower soup lower in calories than many other kinds of soup, such as vegetable beef barley soup, which provides 100 to 110 calories in each 1 cup serving.
Egg flower soup is low in fat, with three grams per 11-ounce serving. Of this fat, only one gram comes from saturated fat.
Egg flower soup is also low in carbohydrates, with just 10.34 grams per one cup serving.
A one cup serving of egg flower soup provides 2.8 grams of protein. Protein is a vital nutrient that helps your body build muscle and other cells. According to Healthline.com, the average man should consume 56 grams of protein a day, while the average women should consume 46 grams of protein a day for optimal health.
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