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Chow mein vs. Lo mein — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Chow mein and Lo mein different?

  • Chow mein is higher than Lo mein in Selenium, Iron, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, Folate, Phosphorus, Vitamin E , and Copper.
  • Chow mein covers your daily need of Selenium 57% more than Lo mein.
  • Chow mein contains 12 times more Vitamin B1 than Lo mein. Chow mein contains 0.578mg of Vitamin B1, while Lo mein contains 0.047mg.
  • Lo mein is lower in Sodium.

Noodles, chinese, chow mein and Restaurant, Chinese, vegetable lo mein, without meat types were used in this article.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Iron +342.1%
Contains more Magnesium +271.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +257.8%
Contains more Potassium +14.3%
Contains more Zinc +288.9%
Contains more Copper +160.9%
Contains more Selenium +267.5%
Contains less Sodium -63.4%
Equal in Calcium - 21
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 178% 38% 69% 11% 154% 39% 56% 0% 235%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 7% 41% 10% 20% 10% 57% 10% 22% 32% 64%
Contains more Iron +342.1%
Contains more Magnesium +271.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +257.8%
Contains more Potassium +14.3%
Contains more Zinc +288.9%
Contains more Copper +160.9%
Contains more Selenium +267.5%
Contains less Sodium -63.4%
Equal in Calcium - 21

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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Contains more Vitamin E +666.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1129.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +239.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +634.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +97.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +61.8%
Contains more Folate +278.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin K +807.1%
Equal in Choline - 8.9
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 46% 0% 0% 145% 98% 112% 32% 26% 80% 0% 5% 4%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 11% 6% 3% 6% 12% 29% 16% 17% 16% 22% 0% 5% 32%
Contains more Vitamin E +666.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1129.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +239.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +634.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +97.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +61.8%
Contains more Folate +278.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin K +807.1%
Equal in Choline - 8.9

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +70%
Contains more Fats +556.6%
Contains more Carbs +261.1%
Contains more Other +78.4%
Contains more Water +5944.9%
8% 15% 73% 2%
Protein: 8.11 g
Fats: 15.43 g
Carbs: 72.8 g
Water: 1.18 g
Other: 2.48 g
5% 2% 20% 71%
Protein: 4.77 g
Fats: 2.35 g
Carbs: 20.16 g
Water: 71.33 g
Other: 1.39 g
Contains more Protein +70%
Contains more Fats +556.6%
Contains more Carbs +261.1%
Contains more Other +78.4%
Contains more Water +5944.9%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +1408.3%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +176.6%
Contains less Saturated Fat -79.2%
15% 61% 24%
Saturated Fat: 2.229 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 8.929 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.571 g
20% 25% 55%
Saturated Fat: 0.464 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.592 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.291 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +1408.3%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +176.6%
Contains less Saturated Fat -79.2%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Chow mein Lo mein
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in price Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chow mein Lo mein Opinion
Net carbs 69.1g 18.86g Chow mein
Protein 8.11g 4.77g Chow mein
Fats 15.43g 2.35g Chow mein
Carbs 72.8g 20.16g Chow mein
Calories 475kcal 121kcal Chow mein
Starch 16.73g Lo mein
Fructose 0.33g Lo mein
Sugar 5.71g 2.63g Lo mein
Fiber 3.7g 1.3g Chow mein
Calcium 20mg 21mg Lo mein
Iron 4.73mg 1.07mg Chow mein
Magnesium 52mg 14mg Chow mein
Phosphorus 161mg 45mg Chow mein
Potassium 120mg 105mg Chow mein
Sodium 1174mg 430mg Lo mein
Zinc 1.4mg 0.36mg Chow mein
Copper 0.167mg 0.064mg Chow mein
Manganese 0.24mg Lo mein
Selenium 43µg 11.7µg Chow mein
Vitamin A 0IU 179IU Lo mein
Vitamin A RAE 0µg 9µg Lo mein
Vitamin E 2.3mg 0.3mg Chow mein
Vitamin D 0IU 4IU Lo mein
Vitamin D 0µg 0.1µg Lo mein
Vitamin C 0mg 1.7mg Lo mein
Vitamin B1 0.578mg 0.047mg Chow mein
Vitamin B2 0.421mg 0.124mg Chow mein
Vitamin B3 5.95mg 0.81mg Chow mein
Vitamin B5 0.533mg 0.27mg Chow mein
Vitamin B6 0.11mg 0.068mg Chow mein
Folate 106µg 28µg Chow mein
Choline 8.7mg 8.9mg Lo mein
Vitamin K 1.4µg 12.7µg Lo mein
Trans Fat 0.8g 0.008g Lo mein
Saturated Fat 2.229g 0.464g Lo mein
Monounsaturated Fat 8.929g 0.592g Chow mein
Polyunsaturated fat 3.571g 1.291g Chow mein
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.001g Lo mein
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 1.134g Lo mein
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.004g Lo mein
Omega-3 - ALA 0.141g Lo mein

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Chow mein Lo mein
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
42%
Chow mein
13%
Lo mein
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
78%
Chow mein
27%
Lo mein

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Lo mein
Lo mein is lower in Sugar (difference - 3.08g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Lo mein
Lo mein contains less Sodium (difference - 744mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Lo mein
Lo mein is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.765g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Lo mein
Lo mein is lower in glycemic index (difference - 47)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Chow mein
Chow mein is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Chow mein - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168905/nutrients
  2. Lo mein - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167677/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.