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Hot and sour soup vs. Egg Drop Soup — Health Impact and Nutrition Comparison

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Article author photo Erna Harutyunyan by Erna Harutyunyan | Last updated on November 03, 2023
Medically reviewed by Elen Khachatrian Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Hot and sour soup
vs
Egg Drop Soup

Summary

Whereas the hot and sour soup has greater proteinslipids, and calories, the two soups have comparable carb counts.

Egg drop soup is higher in vitamin A and vitamin A RAE, while hot and sour soup is higher in B-complex and has a higher mineral content overall.

Because both soups contain a lot of sodium, there could be adverse health implications.

Introduction

The famous Chinese soups, egg drop soup, and hot and sour soup are contrasted in this article.

meat-based soup with seasoningstofumushrooms, and bamboo shoots is called hot and sour soup.

You make egg drop soup by adding hot chicken broth to thinly beaten eggs. The soup occasionally might include tofupeppers, and scallions. Egg drop soup can also be made with vegetable broth as the foundation. 

Taste and Dishes 

While egg drops introduce softer flavors to your palate, hot and sour soup offers a curious combination of sweet and spicy flavors. An old favorite for hot and sour soup is fried rice.

The robust tastes of the soup combine with the savory flavor of the fried rice to create a delicious combination. It's sweetsour, and spicySteamed dumplings with hot and sour soup are another option. The rich soup pairs perfectly with the delicate texture of the dumplingsSweet and sour chicken makes a delicious addition to egg drop soup.

The soup's simplicity and the chicken's tart sweetness create a wonderful meal.

Ingredients

Hot and Sour Soup includes a variety of components like white vinegar, light and dark soy saucesugarchicken bouillon powder, and toasted sesame oil, along with unique add-ons such as tofubamboo shoots, and various mushroom types, resulting in a distinctive tangy and spicy flavor profile. Egg Drop Soup, on the other hand, centers around the simplicity of unsalted chicken stock or vegetable broth and the use of rawbeaten eggs to create thinsilky strands within the soup, along with the option of diverse garnishes like scallions, tofubean sprouts, and corn.

Egg drop soups and wonton soups are both high in salt. Both have about 900 mg of salt per cup or about 40% of the daily recommended intake (1).

Nutrition

The nutritional values for egg drop soup and hot and sour soup are presented in this article.

Soups are served in one-cup portions, which equal around 241g for egg drop soup and approximately 233g for hot and sour soup.

Macronutrients and Calories

Regarding nutrition, hot and sour soup and egg drop soup are comparable. But there is a little bit more protein and fat in hot and sour soup. In both, water makes up 91%.

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +122.4%
Contains more Fats +98.4%
Contains more Other +13.1%
Equal in Carbs - 4.29
Equal in Water - 92.87
3% 4% 91%
Protein: 2.58 g
Fats: 1.21 g
Carbs: 4.35 g
Water: 90.65 g
Other: 1.21 g
4% 93%
Protein: 1.16 g
Fats: 0.61 g
Carbs: 4.29 g
Water: 92.87 g
Other: 1.07 g
Contains more Protein +122.4%
Contains more Fats +98.4%
Contains more Other +13.1%
Equal in Carbs - 4.29
Equal in Water - 92.87

Calories

The soups, egg drops, and hot and sour are low in calories. The calories in one serving of egg drop soup and hot and sour soup are 27 and 39, respectively.

Protein

There are 2.8 g of proteins in a cup of wonton soup and 6 g of proteins in a cup of hot and sour soup.

Fats

Although the fat content of both soups is minimal, the fat content of the hot and sour soup is nearly twice as high. A serving of hot and sour soup has 2.82g of fat, compared to 1.47g in a cup of egg drop soup.

There is very little cholesterol in the soups.

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +50.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +141.1%
Contains less Saturated Fat -27.5%
28% 35% 38%
Saturated Fat: 0.229 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.288 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.311 g
34% 39% 27%
Saturated Fat: 0.166 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.191 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.129 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +50.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +141.1%
Contains less Saturated Fat -27.5%

Carbohydrates

Each cup of soup supplies 8–9% of the daily recommended consumption of carbohydrates (1).  Nearly 10.1 grams of carbohydrates are found in one serving of egg drop soup and hot and sour soup.

Starch comprises the full carbohydrate content of egg drop soup and hot and sour soup.

Egg drop and hot and sour soups may or may not be regarded as keto-friendly, depending on the ingredients and carbohydrate level of the soup.

Carbohydrate type comparison

Carbohydrate type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Sucrose +∞%
Contains more Glucose +∞%
Equal in Starch - 2.45
85% 14%
Starch: 2.43 g
Sucrose: 0.4 g
Glucose: 0.03 g
Fructose: 0 g
Lactose: 0 g
Maltose: 0 g
Galactose: 0 g
100%
Starch: 2.45 g
Sucrose: 0 g
Glucose: 0 g
Fructose: 0 g
Lactose: 0 g
Maltose: 0 g
Galactose: 0 g
Contains more Sucrose +∞%
Contains more Glucose +∞%
Equal in Starch - 2.45

Vitamins

Egg Drop Soup contains higher levels of Vitamin A (89 IU vs. 34 IU) and Vitamin A RAE (20 g vs. 9 g). However, Hot and Sour Soup surpasses Egg Drop Soup in Vitamin E (0.39mg vs. 0.13mg) and Vitamin C content (0mg vs. 6.5mg). Hot and Sour Soup shows higher levels of B-complex vitamins. Moreover, hot and sour soup exhibits more folate (8 g vs. 7 g) and vitamin B12 (0.1 g vs. 0.03 g) than egg drop soup. The two soups have comparable levels of vitamin D and vitamin K

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 +200%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +36.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +63.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +225%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +89.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +220%
Contains more Folate +14.3%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +233.3%
Contains more Choline +20.9%
Contains more Vitamin A +161.8%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Equal in Vitamin K - 1.2
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 3% 8% 3% 0% 7% 8% 10% 14% 15% 6% 13% 22% 3%
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% 3% 6% 22% 5% 5% 3% 8% 5% 6% 4% 18% 3%
Contains more Vitamin E +200%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +36.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +63.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +225%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +89.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +220%
Contains more Folate +14.3%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +233.3%
Contains more Choline +20.9%
Contains more Vitamin A +161.8%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Equal in Vitamin K - 1.2

Minerals

In terms of mineral content, hot and sour soup generally exhibits higher levels compared to egg drop soup. Hot and Sour Soup contains more calcium (19mg vs. 7mg), iron (0.64mg vs. 0.26mg), magnesium (9mg vs. 2mg), phosphorus (32mg vs. 15mg), potassium (55mg vs. 22mg), zinc (0.22mg vs. 0.09mg), copper (0.026mg vs. 0.019mg), and manganese (0.085mg vs. 0.011mg). Both soups show the same level of selenium at 0.4µg

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 +171.4%
Contains more Iron +146.2%
Contains more Magnesium +350%
Contains more Phosphorus +113.3%
Contains more Potassium +150%
Contains more Zinc +144.4%
Contains more Copper +36.8%
Contains more Manganese +672.7%
Equal in Sodium - 370
Equal in Selenium - 0.4
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 24% 7% 14% 5% 50% 6% 9% 12% 3%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 3% 10% 2% 7% 2% 49% 3% 7% 2% 3%
Contains more Calcium +171.4%
Contains more Iron +146.2%
Contains more Magnesium +350%
Contains more Phosphorus +113.3%
Contains more Potassium +150%
Contains more Zinc +144.4%
Contains more Copper +36.8%
Contains more Manganese +672.7%
Equal in Sodium - 370
Equal in Selenium - 0.4

Glycemic Index

Glycemic index values for egg drop and hot and sour soups have not been calculated.

Acidity

Potential renal acid load, or PRAL, measures how much acid or base is produced in the body by food consumption. Egg Drop Soup has a PRAL value of -0.5, indicating that it is slightly alkaline-forming, whereas hot and sour soup has a PRAL value of 0.8, suggesting it is more acid-forming

Health Benefits

Egg drops and hot and sour soups are healthful meals that, depending on what's in them, may offer a high supply of vitaminsminerals, and antioxidants.

Because the soups are low in calories, they can be included in a diet low in calories. Low-calorie diets enhance glycemic controllessen the severity of obesity-related diseases, and lower the risk of cardiovascularliver, and renal illness (2).  Most of the vitamins are present in both soups, although, to varying degrees, the hot and sour soup is high in vitamins B3, B6and B12. These vitamins are necessary for producing red blood cellsgood skin, and normal brain function (3).

The physiological antioxidant vitamin C is abundant in egg drop soup. The immune system, wound healing, tissue development and repair, and iron absorption are all aided by vitamin C (4).

Soups that are hot and sour are excellent sources of iron, as they can provide up to 22.5% of the daily required intake (1). The production of hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to tissues, depends on iron. Iron is also necessary for many other processes, including growthbrain developmenthormone synthesisDNA synthesis, and many more (5).  

Risks

Salt content is high in egg drops and hot and sour soups. Consuming excessive amounts of sodium raises the risk of cancerosteoporosiskidney disease, and cardiovascular disease (6). To reduce your risk of heart disease, think about consuming low-sodium foods. 

Article author photo Erna Harutyunyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: November 03, 2023
Medically reviewed by Elen Khachatrian

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Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Hot and sour soup Egg Drop Soup
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Lower in price Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Hot and sour soup Egg Drop Soup Opinion
Net carbs 3.85g 3.89g Egg Drop Soup
Protein 2.58g 1.16g Hot and sour soup
Fats 1.21g 0.61g Hot and sour soup
Carbs 4.35g 4.29g Hot and sour soup
Calories 39kcal 27kcal Hot and sour soup
Starch 2.43g 2.45g Egg Drop Soup
Sugar 0.42g 0.09g Egg Drop Soup
Fiber 0.5g 0.4g Hot and sour soup
Calcium 19mg 7mg Hot and sour soup
Iron 0.64mg 0.26mg Hot and sour soup
Magnesium 9mg 2mg Hot and sour soup
Phosphorus 32mg 15mg Hot and sour soup
Potassium 55mg 22mg Hot and sour soup
Sodium 376mg 370mg Egg Drop Soup
Zinc 0.22mg 0.09mg Hot and sour soup
Copper 0.026mg 0.019mg Hot and sour soup
Manganese 0.085mg 0.011mg Hot and sour soup
Selenium 0.4µg 0.4µg
Vitamin A 34IU 89IU Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin A RAE 9µg 20µg Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin E 0.39mg 0.13mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin D 5IU 6IU Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin D 0.1µg 0.2µg Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin C 0mg 6.5mg Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin B1 0.026mg 0.019mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin B2 0.031mg 0.019mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin B3 0.507mg 0.156mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin B5 0.227mg 0.12mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin B6 0.064mg 0.02mg Hot and sour soup
Folate 8µg 7µg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin B12 0.1µg 0.03µg Hot and sour soup
Choline 39.9mg 33mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin K 1.1µg 1.2µg Egg Drop Soup
Tryptophan 0.019mg 0.025mg Egg Drop Soup
Threonine 0.111mg 0.037mg Hot and sour soup
Isoleucine 0.08mg 0.028mg Hot and sour soup
Leucine 0.151mg 0.047mg Hot and sour soup
Lysine 153mg 0.052mg Hot and sour soup
Methionine 0.039mg 0.019mg Hot and sour soup
Phenylalanine 0.085mg 0.028mg Hot and sour soup
Valine 0.092mg 0.037mg Hot and sour soup
Histidine 0.058mg 0.013mg Hot and sour soup
Cholesterol 21mg 23mg Hot and sour soup
Trans Fat 0g 0.001g Hot and sour soup
Saturated Fat 0.229g 0.166g Egg Drop Soup
Omega-3 - DHA 0g 0.001g Egg Drop Soup
Monounsaturated Fat 0.288g 0.191g Hot and sour soup
Polyunsaturated fat 0.311g 0.129g Hot and sour soup
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 0.273g 0.112g Hot and sour soup
Omega-3 - ALA 0.03g 0.007g Hot and sour soup
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0g 0.001g Egg Drop Soup

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Hot and sour soup Egg Drop Soup
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
8%
Hot and sour soup
7%
Egg Drop Soup
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
13%
Hot and sour soup
8%
Egg Drop Soup

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Hot and sour soup
Hot and sour soup is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Hot and sour soup
Hot and sour soup is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 2mg)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Hot and sour soup
Hot and sour soup is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Egg Drop Soup
Egg Drop Soup is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.33g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Egg Drop Soup
Egg Drop Soup contains less Sodium (difference - 6mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Egg Drop Soup
Egg Drop Soup is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.063g)
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 ($)

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. Hot and sour soup - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174808/nutrients
  2. Egg Drop Soup - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174807/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.