Spring rolls are a Chinese snack food consisting of a thin dough filled with a vegetables, wrapped and deep fried. They first appeared in Chinese culture during the Jin Dynasty, according to Cultural China website. Most spring rolls are eaten as an appetizer. Knowing nutrition information of a spring roll can help you adjust your diet to balance your intake.
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Calories in spring rolls can vary, depending on the size and ingredients, but generally range from 80 to 110 calories. By comparison, one vegetable-filled egg roll contains about 153 calories.
Most vegetable spring rolls contain 3.5 to 4 g of total fat and 0.5 to 1.0 g of saturated fat. High intakes of fat and saturated fat can increase your risk of high cholesterol and heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends you limit your daily fat intake to 25 to 35 percent of calories, and saturated fat to less than 7 percent of calories.
The amount of carbohydrates in one vegetable spring roll can range from 8.5 to 13 g. Carbohydrates in food are your body's primary and preferred source of energy. A balanced diet should contain 45 to 65 percent of its calories from carbohydrates. On a 2,000-calorie diet, your daily carbohydrate intake should range from 225 to 325 g per day. Vegetable spring rolls contain some fiber, approximately 1 to 3 g per serving. Healthy women need 21 to 25 g of fiber a day, and healthy men need 30 to 38 g of fiber a day.
Vegetable spring rolls are not a significant source of protein. One spring roll contains 2 g of protein. If you eat a balanced diet, you should be able to adequately meet your daily protein needs. Most Americans get more than enough protein in their diets, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A balanced diet should contain 10 to 35 percent of its calories from protein.
The sodium content of one vegetable spring roll can range from 135 to 290 mg. High intakes of sodium increases your risk of high blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends you limit your daily sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg a day to reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your heart health.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- P.F. Chang's: Nutrition Information
- Pei Wei: Nutrition Information
- Panda Express: Nutrition Information
- Cultural China: Spring Rolls
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database: Egg Rolls
- American Heart Association: Sodium
- MayoClinic.com: Dietary Fiber: Essential for a Healthy Diet
- American Heart Association: Know Your Fats
- CDC: Nutrition for Everyone: Protein