Chinese food is a popular choice for eating out, but if you aren't careful, you may end up consuming an excessive amount of calories and sodium while enjoying this ethnic favorite. A fried pork egg roll, a common appetizer, can add up to 190 calories and 600 milligrams of sodium to your meal. The nutrition content of an egg roll depends a lot on the size of the egg roll, the preparation method and where you purchase it.
Egg Rolls at Home
One pre-made pork egg roll heated at home contains about 189 calories, 8.5 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrate, 1.8 grams of dietary fiber and 346 milligrams of sodium. Egg rolls are not especially rich in nutrients, but one roll does provide more than 100 percent of the daily value for vitamin A and 24 percent of the DV for vitamin K, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
Restaurant Egg Rolls
An average restaurant fried pork egg roll contains about 200 calories, 2 grams of saturated fat and 400 milligrams of sodium, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. One restaurant chain's egg rolls contain 605 milligrams of sodium, which is 40 percent of the daily amount recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010.
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- USDA Nutrient Database: Egg Rolls, Pork, Refrigerated, Heated
- CSPI Nutrition Action Health Letter: Chinese Restaurant Food
- P.F. Chang's: Nutritional Information
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Guidance for Industry: A Food Labeling Guide
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Becky Bell is a registered dietitian with experience in the areas of diabetes, chronic kidney disease and general nutrition. Bell holds a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Science in human nutrition from the University of Alabama.