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The Nutrition Values for Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

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Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for Bloginity.com and Bodybuilding.com. He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
The Nutrition Values for Chinese Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken fried rice has lots of fat and carbohydrates. Photo Credit Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

When you don't feel like cooking, Chinese take-out food can be a convenient, tasty choice. While many Chinese dishes -- such as those featuring seafood or those that are steamed -- can be healthy, not all menu items are optimal for your health. Chinese take-out chicken fried rice is high in fat and carbohydrates.

Calories

Chinese take-out chicken fried rice is calorie-dense. A 1/2 c serving of this food contains 213 calories, according to the website MyFitnessPal; this is nearly 11 percent of the daily recommended intake of 2,000. If you want to burn the calories in 1/2 c of Chinese take-out chicken fried rice, you need to jump rope for 18 minutes or lift weights for 58 minutes.

Fat

Despite the small serving size, a 1/2 c serving of Chinese take-out chicken fried rice contains 5 g of dietary fat. Of this fat, 3 g comes from saturated fat, a type of fat that can increase your cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association suggests a daily limit of 16 g of saturated fat, so 1/2 c of Chinese take-out chicken fried rice contains 19 percent of that amount.

Carbohydrates

As with other rice-based dishes, Chinese take-out chicken fried rice is rich in carbohydrates. Each 1/2 c serving contains 24 g of carbohydrates, a nutrient that is your body's primary source of energy. Because of this, high-carbohydrate foods can be helpful for fueling sports and other activities.

Fiber

One important type of carbohydrate Chinese take-out chicken fried rice provides is dietary fiber. Each 1/2 c serving provides 4 g of dietary fiber, a nutrient that helps manage your blood sugar levels, promote satiety and ensure a healthy digestive system.

Protein

Chinese take-out chicken fried rice is rich in protein. Each 1/2 c serving contains 18 g of protein, or three times the amount in one egg. Protein is vital for your health because it helps maintain and build your body's cells and tissues.

Sodium

Chinese take-out chicken fried rice is high in sodium, with 530 mg in each 1/2 c. That amount comprises 23 percent of the daily recommended intake of 2,300 mg. Consuming too much sodium may increase your risk of high blood pressure.

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