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Nutrition of Udon Soup

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author image Nicki Wolf
Nicki Wolf has been writing health and human interest articles since 1986. Her work has been published at various cooking and nutrition websites. Wolf has an extensive background in medical/nutrition writing and online content development in the nonprofit arena. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.
Nutrition of Udon Soup
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Udon soup is a traditional Japanese dish consisting of udon noodles -- a noodle made from all wheat flour -- and vegetables that can range in heat from mild to spicy. Meat and seafood, most often pork, chicken and shrimp, may also be added to soups for a flavor and protein boost. This soup may serve as a hearty meal or as the soup course in a larger meal.

Calories

A 101 g serving, or approximately 3.5 ounces, of Nissin Udon Soup contains 480 calories. If you choose another brand or make udon soup at home, the calorie amount can vary greatly depending on the vegetables and meats included in your soup. Consider serving this soup with a salad as a healthy meal.

Macronutrients

Udon soup may contain a high amount of fat. Nissin Udon Soup contains 21 g per portion. Consider making udon soup at home to control the amount of fat that goes into it. Limiting your daily fat intake to 44 to 78 g of fat each day, or 20 to 35 percent of your daily calories, helps avoid weight gain and other medical problems. The amount of protein depends on which meats or shellfish are used in the soup; Nissin Udon Soup contains 9 g of protein per serving. The udon noodles contribute 62 g of carbohydrates in each serving.

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Benefits

The vegetables in udon soup may impart a great range of nutritional benefits, but this depends on the vegetables used in the soup. You may also get up to 13 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium in each serving of the soup. Calcium promotes strong bones and teeth. Supplement your meal plan with calcium-rich foods to ensure you consume enough calcium every day.

Considerations

Including udon soup in your diet may not be a good option if sodium intake is a concern, particularly commercially available varieties that tend to have higher levels of salt for preservation purposes. One serving of Nissin Udon Soup contains 2,220 mg of sodium, far more than the 1,500 mg suggested limit. Making udon soup in your own kitchen allows you to carefully monitor the amount of sodium in your soup.

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