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Calories in a Plate of Chinese Food

author image Juliet Wilkinson
As a bachelor's-prepared registered nurse with more than 15 years of diversified experience, Juliet Wilkinson innerves our health-conscious population through expert articles. She is a motivated professional who believes that preventive care is the first step towards health and well-being.
Calories in a Plate of Chinese Food
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests a rough guideline of 2,000 calories per day for the average person. The calories consumed from a plate of Chinese food will vary upon appetizer and entree selection as well as portion size.

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Entree Sides

A Chinese dinner is not complete without an egg roll, fried rice and wonton soup. The egg roll and soup will add 200 and 100 calories to the plate respectively. Chinese fried rice contains a whopping 1,500 calories per serving.


General Tso's chicken and rice is a fried concoction of rich sauce, fried chicken pieces and white rice. This entree will bring 1,600 calories to the plate according to the Center for Science in Public Interest.

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The chicken entree and sides add up to 3,400 calories. Using the U.S. Department of Agriculture caloric intake guidelines, that plate of Chinese food exceeded the daily limit by 1,400 calories.

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