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Chow mein vs. Rice noodles — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Chow mein and Rice noodles?

  • Chow mein is richer than Rice noodles in Selenium, Iron, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, Folate, Phosphorus, Vitamin E , and Copper.
  • Chow mein's daily need coverage for Selenium is 70% more.
  • Chow mein has 106 times more Folate than Rice noodles. While Chow mein has 106µg of Folate, Rice noodles has only 1µg.
  • The amount of Sodium in Rice noodles is lower.

We used Noodles, chinese, chow mein and Rice noodles, cooked types 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 Calcium +400%
Contains more Iron +3278.6%
Contains more Magnesium +1633.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +705%
Contains more Potassium +2900%
Contains more Zinc +460%
Contains more Copper +339.5%
Contains more Selenium +855.6%
Contains less Sodium -98.4%
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 2% 6% 3% 9% 1% 3% 7% 13% 15% 25%
Contains more Calcium +400%
Contains more Iron +3278.6%
Contains more Magnesium +1633.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +705%
Contains more Potassium +2900%
Contains more Zinc +460%
Contains more Copper +339.5%
Contains more Selenium +855.6%
Contains less Sodium -98.4%

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 +7566.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +3111.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +10425%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +8163.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +4745.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1733.3%
Contains more Folate +10500%
Contains more Choline +443.8%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
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 0% 1% 0% 0% 5% 1% 2% 1% 2% 1% 0% 1% 0%
Contains more Vitamin E +7566.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +3111.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +10425%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +8163.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +4745.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1733.3%
Contains more Folate +10500%
Contains more Choline +443.8%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +353.1%
Contains more Fats +7615%
Contains more Carbs +203.2%
Contains more Other +1277.8%
Contains more Water +6155.9%
8% 15% 73% 2%
Protein: 8.11 g
Fats: 15.43 g
Carbs: 72.8 g
Water: 1.18 g
Other: 2.48 g
2% 24% 74%
Protein: 1.79 g
Fats: 0.2 g
Carbs: 24.01 g
Water: 73.82 g
Other: 0.18 g
Contains more Protein +353.1%
Contains more Fats +7615%
Contains more Carbs +203.2%
Contains more Other +1277.8%
Contains more Water +6155.9%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +34242.3%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +15426.1%
Contains less Saturated Fat -99%
15% 61% 24%
Saturated Fat: 2.229 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 8.929 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.571 g
32% 36% 32%
Saturated Fat: 0.023 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.026 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.023 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +34242.3%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +15426.1%
Contains less Saturated Fat -99%

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 Rice noodles
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in price Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chow mein Rice noodles Opinion
Net carbs 69.1g 23.01g Chow mein
Protein 8.11g 1.79g Chow mein
Fats 15.43g 0.2g Chow mein
Carbs 72.8g 24.01g Chow mein
Calories 475kcal 108kcal Chow mein
Sugar 5.71g 0.03g Rice noodles
Fiber 3.7g 1g Chow mein
Calcium 20mg 4mg Chow mein
Iron 4.73mg 0.14mg Chow mein
Magnesium 52mg 3mg Chow mein
Phosphorus 161mg 20mg Chow mein
Potassium 120mg 4mg Chow mein
Sodium 1174mg 19mg Rice noodles
Zinc 1.4mg 0.25mg Chow mein
Copper 0.167mg 0.038mg Chow mein
Manganese 0.114mg Rice noodles
Selenium 43µg 4.5µg Chow mein
Vitamin E 2.3mg 0.03mg Chow mein
Vitamin B1 0.578mg 0.018mg Chow mein
Vitamin B2 0.421mg 0.004mg Chow mein
Vitamin B3 5.95mg 0.072mg Chow mein
Vitamin B5 0.533mg 0.011mg Chow mein
Vitamin B6 0.11mg 0.006mg Chow mein
Folate 106µg 1µg Chow mein
Choline 8.7mg 1.6mg Chow mein
Vitamin K 1.4µg 0µg Chow mein
Tryptophan 0.022mg Rice noodles
Threonine 0.063mg Rice noodles
Isoleucine 0.073mg Rice noodles
Leucine 0.147mg Rice noodles
Lysine 0.062mg Rice noodles
Methionine 0.043mg Rice noodles
Phenylalanine 0.095mg Rice noodles
Valine 0.104mg Rice noodles
Histidine 0.045mg Rice noodles
Trans Fat 0.8g Rice noodles
Saturated Fat 2.229g 0.023g Rice noodles
Monounsaturated Fat 8.929g 0.026g Chow mein
Polyunsaturated fat 3.571g 0.023g Chow mein

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Chow mein Rice noodles
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
1%
Rice noodles
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
78%
Chow mein
8%
Rice noodles

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Rice noodles
Rice noodles is lower in Sugar (difference - 5.68g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Rice noodles
Rice noodles contains less Sodium (difference - 1155mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Rice noodles
Rice noodles is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 2.206g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Chow mein
Chow mein is lower in glycemic index (difference - 14)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Chow mein
Chow mein is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Chow mein
Chow mein is relatively richer in vitamins
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 ($)

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. Rice noodles - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168914/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.