Rich in culinary tradition, Vietnam has an assortment of distinct ethnic foods, ranging from soups and stews to salads and desserts. Calories in Vietnamese foods vary depending on the ingredients in each dish, but most come from carbohydrates and protein rather than fat.
A single serving of homemade Vietnamese pho, a soup with rice noodles and beef slices, contains 286 calories, reports “The Healthy Beef Cookbook.” Rice paper-wrapped Vietnamese spring rolls typically contain an assortment of fresh salad vegetables mingled with cooked meat; one homemade main-dish serving dipped in Vietnamese chili sauce provides 292 calories.
Calories in one serving of homemade beef-based pho soup come from 5 g of total fat, 30 g of protein, 29 g of carbohydrates and just over 2 g of dietary fiber. One serving of Vietnamese spring rolls derives its calories from 9 g of total fat, 22 g of protein, 31 g of carbohydrates and 3 g of dietary fiber.
Preparation is a key in minimizing unnecessary fat calories from Vietnamese foods. If you cook at home, use beans, fish or lean cuts of meat like boneless, skinless chicken breasts whenever possible. Avoid fried dishes, as these can add a lot of unhealthy saturated fat to your diet.
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