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General tso's chicken vs. Chinese lemon chicken — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between General tso's chicken and Chinese lemon chicken

  • General tso's chicken is higher in Vitamin K, Zinc, and Monounsaturated Fat, yet Chinese lemon chicken is higher in Vitamin B3.
  • General tso's chicken covers your daily Vitamin K needs 12% more than Chinese lemon chicken.
  • General tso's chicken contains 3 times more Zinc than Chinese lemon chicken. While General tso's chicken contains 1.3mg of Zinc, Chinese lemon chicken contains only 0.51mg.
  • The amount of Sodium in Chinese lemon chicken is lower.

Food varieties used in this article are Restaurant, Chinese, general tso's chicken and Restaurant, Chinese, lemon chicken.

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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 Magnesium +12.5%
Contains more Potassium +24.8%
Contains more Zinc +154.9%
Contains more Copper +15%
Contains more Selenium +10.8%
Contains more Calcium +233.3%
Contains less Sodium -42.1%
Contains more Manganese +18.7%
Equal in Iron - 1.22
Equal in Phosphorus - 136
Equal in Selenium - 13
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 4% 44% 13% 55% 18% 57% 36% 16% 10% 79%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 12% 46% 12% 59% 15% 33% 14% 14% 12% 71%
Contains more Magnesium +12.5%
Contains more Potassium +24.8%
Contains more Zinc +154.9%
Contains more Copper +15%
Contains more Selenium +10.8%
Contains more Calcium +233.3%
Contains less Sodium -42.1%
Contains more Manganese +18.7%
Equal in Iron - 1.22
Equal in Phosphorus - 136
Equal in Selenium - 13

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 A +754.5%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +68.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +18.7%
Contains more Folate +22.2%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +100%
Contains more Choline +45.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +56.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +43.8%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +96.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +32.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +23.8%
Equal in Vitamin E - 1.28
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 6% 25% 6% 6% 7% 28% 54% 38% 47% 9% 28% 23% 96%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 1% 26% 3% 8% 14% 17% 71% 32% 58% 7% 14% 16% 61%
Contains more Vitamin A +754.5%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +68.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +18.7%
Contains more Folate +22.2%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +100%
Contains more Choline +45.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +56.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +43.8%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +96.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +32.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +23.8%
Equal in Vitamin E - 1.28

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +20.7%
Contains more Carbs +16.4%
Contains more Other +25%
Contains more Water +16.7%
Equal in Protein - 11.87
13% 16% 24% 45%
Protein: 12.9 g
Fats: 16.36 g
Carbs: 23.99 g
Water: 45.15 g
Other: 1.6 g
12% 14% 21% 53%
Protein: 11.87 g
Fats: 13.55 g
Carbs: 20.61 g
Water: 52.69 g
Other: 1.28 g
Contains more Fats +20.7%
Contains more Carbs +16.4%
Contains more Other +25%
Contains more Water +16.7%
Equal in Protein - 11.87

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +41.1%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +23.3%
Contains less Saturated Fat -26.3%
20% 27% 53%
Saturated Fat: 2.76 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 3.879 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 7.501 g
19% 25% 56%
Saturated Fat: 2.033 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.749 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 6.086 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +41.1%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +23.3%
Contains less Saturated Fat -26.3%

Carbohydrate type comparison

Carbohydrate type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Starch +15.2%
Contains more Sucrose +107.1%
Contains more Glucose +154.8%
Contains more Fructose +198%
Contains more Maltose +∞%
51% 45% 3% 2%
Starch: 11.83 g
Sucrose: 10.46 g
Glucose: 0.62 g
Fructose: 0.51 g
Lactose: 0 g
Maltose: 0 g
Galactose: 0 g
56% 27% 9% 8%
Starch: 10.27 g
Sucrose: 5.05 g
Glucose: 1.58 g
Fructose: 1.52 g
Lactose: 0 g
Maltose: 0.03 g
Galactose: 0 g
Contains more Starch +15.2%
Contains more Sucrose +107.1%
Contains more Glucose +154.8%
Contains more Fructose +198%
Contains more Maltose +∞%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
General tso's chicken Chinese lemon chicken
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Lower in price Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient General tso's chicken Chinese lemon chicken Opinion
Net carbs 23.09g 19.61g General tso's chicken
Protein 12.9g 11.87g General tso's chicken
Fats 16.36g 13.55g General tso's chicken
Carbs 23.99g 20.61g General tso's chicken
Calories 295kcal 252kcal General tso's chicken
Starch 11.83g 10.27g General tso's chicken
Fructose 0.51g 1.52g Chinese lemon chicken
Sugar 11.6g 8.18g Chinese lemon chicken
Fiber 0.9g 1g Chinese lemon chicken
Calcium 12mg 40mg Chinese lemon chicken
Iron 1.16mg 1.22mg Chinese lemon chicken
Magnesium 18mg 16mg General tso's chicken
Phosphorus 127mg 136mg Chinese lemon chicken
Potassium 201mg 161mg General tso's chicken
Sodium 435mg 252mg Chinese lemon chicken
Zinc 1.3mg 0.51mg General tso's chicken
Copper 0.046mg 0.04mg General tso's chicken
Manganese 0.075mg 0.089mg Chinese lemon chicken
Selenium 14.4µg 13µg General tso's chicken
Vitamin A 94IU 11IU General tso's chicken
Vitamin A RAE 11µg 3µg General tso's chicken
Vitamin E 1.21mg 1.28mg Chinese lemon chicken
Vitamin D 6IU 5IU General tso's chicken
Vitamin D 0.2µg 0.1µg General tso's chicken
Vitamin C 1.6mg 2.3mg Chinese lemon chicken
Vitamin B1 0.027mg 0.053mg Chinese lemon chicken
Vitamin B2 0.118mg 0.07mg General tso's chicken
Vitamin B3 2.853mg 3.776mg Chinese lemon chicken
Vitamin B5 0.617mg 0.52mg General tso's chicken
Vitamin B6 0.202mg 0.25mg Chinese lemon chicken
Folate 11µg 9µg General tso's chicken
Vitamin B12 0.22µg 0.11µg General tso's chicken
Choline 41.5mg 28.6mg General tso's chicken
Vitamin K 38.2µg 24.4µg General tso's chicken
Tryptophan 0.142mg 0.141mg General tso's chicken
Threonine 0.552mg 0.513mg General tso's chicken
Isoleucine 0.564mg 0.537mg General tso's chicken
Leucine 1.026mg 0.978mg General tso's chicken
Lysine 1.089mg 0.958mg General tso's chicken
Methionine 0.332mg 0.33mg General tso's chicken
Phenylalanine 0.563mg 0.478mg General tso's chicken
Valine 0.607mg 0.57mg General tso's chicken
Histidine 0.333mg 0.365mg Chinese lemon chicken
Cholesterol 53mg 32mg Chinese lemon chicken
Trans Fat 0.09g 0.068g Chinese lemon chicken
Saturated Fat 2.76g 2.033g Chinese lemon chicken
Omega-3 - DHA 0.005g 0.003g General tso's chicken
Omega-3 - EPA 0.005g 0.003g General tso's chicken
Omega-3 - DPA 0.006g 0.003g General tso's chicken
Monounsaturated Fat 3.879g 2.749g General tso's chicken
Polyunsaturated fat 7.501g 6.086g General tso's chicken
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.011g 0.008g General tso's chicken
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 6.47g 5.301g General tso's chicken
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.005g 0.006g Chinese lemon chicken
Omega-3 - ALA 0.84g 0.663g General tso's chicken
Omega-3 - Eicosatrienoic acid 0.001g 0.001g
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0.01g 0.006g General tso's chicken

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
General tso's chicken Chinese lemon chicken
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet Equal

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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
28%
General tso's chicken
25%
Chinese lemon chicken
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
33%
General tso's chicken
28%
Chinese lemon chicken

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Chinese lemon chicken
Chinese lemon chicken is lower in Sugar (difference - 3.42g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Chinese lemon chicken
Chinese lemon chicken contains less Sodium (difference - 183mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Chinese lemon chicken
Chinese lemon chicken is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 21mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Chinese lemon chicken
Chinese lemon chicken is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.727g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes ()
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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.
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. General tso's chicken - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167675/nutrients
  2. Chinese lemon chicken - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167674/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.