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Wonton Soup vs. Hot and Sour Soup — Health Impact and Nutrition Comparison

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Article author photo Arpi Gasparyan by Arpi Gasparyan | Last updated on July 26, 2023
Medically reviewed by Astghik Baghinyan Article author photo Astghik Baghinyan
Hot and sour soup
vs
Wonton soup

Summary

Wonton soup contains slightly more carbs, while hot and sour soup contains more proteins, fats, and calories.

Whereas wonton soup is slightly richer in folate, vitamin B3, and vitamin B6, hot and sour soup is slightly richer in vitamin B2, vitamin B5, and vitamin B12, as well as in most minerals.

Both soups have high sodium content, which may lead to adverse health effects.

Introduction

This article compares two popular Chinese soups: wonton soup and hot and sour soup.

Wonton soup is a bouillon-like soup prepared with wontons: dumplings with meat or seafood, vegetables, broth, scallions, and seasonings.

Hot and sour soup is a meat-based soup containing mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tofu, and seasonings.

Nutrition

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

The serving size of soups is one cup, which equals around 223g for wonton soup and around 233g for hot and sour soup.

Macronutrients and Calories

Wonton and hot and sour soups are similar in their nutritional values; however, hot and sour soup contains slightly more protein and fats, and wonton soup contains slightly more carbs. Both consist of 91% water.

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +24%
Contains more Fats +365.4%
Contains more Carbs +20.7%
Equal in Water - 91.18
Equal in Other - 1.23
3% 4% 91%
Protein: 2.58 g
Fats: 1.21 g
Carbs: 4.35 g
Water: 90.65 g
Other: 1.21 g
2% 5% 91%
Protein: 2.08 g
Fats: 0.26 g
Carbs: 5.25 g
Water: 91.18 g
Other: 1.23 g
Contains more Protein +24%
Contains more Fats +365.4%
Contains more Carbs +20.7%
Equal in Water - 91.18
Equal in Other - 1.23

Calories

Wonton and hot and sour soups are low-calorie soups.

One serving of wonton and hot and sour soups provide 71.4 and 90.9 calories, respectively.

Protein

One cup of wonton soup contains 4.64g of proteins, whereas one cup of hot and sour soup contains 6g of proteins.

Fats

Both soups are low in fats; nonetheless, hot and sour soup is almost 5 times higher in fats.

One serving of wonton soup contains 0.58g of fats, while one serving of hot and sour soup contains 2.82g of fats.

Carbohydrates

One cup of wonton or hot and sour soup covers 8-9% of the recommended daily carb need (1).

One serving of wonton soup provides 11.7g of carbs, whereas one serving of hot and sour soup provides 10.1g of carbs.

Vitamins

Wonton soup and hot and sour soup contain similar amounts of most vitamins. The predominant vitamins found in both are B-Complex vitamins

Whereas wonton soup is slightly richer in folate, vitamin B3, and vitamin B6, hot and sour soup is slightly richer in vitamin B2, vitamin B5, and vitamin B12.

Although present in smaller quantities, hot and sour soup is also around 7 times richer in vitamin E.

Moreover, it is interesting to note that while wonton soup contains small amounts of vitamin C, hot and sour soup lacks this vitamin entirely. Conversely, when it comes to vitamin D, the situation is reversed, with hot and sour soup containing small quantities of the vitamin while it remains entirely absent in wonton soup.

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 +161.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +550%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +93.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +62.1%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +11.1%
Contains more Choline +110%
Contains more Vitamin K +22.2%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +14.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +18.8%
Contains more Folate +62.5%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.024
Equal in Vitamin B12 - 0.09
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 1% 2% 0% 3% 6% 4% 11% 9% 18% 10% 12% 11% 3%
Contains more Vitamin A +161.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +550%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +93.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +62.1%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +11.1%
Contains more Choline +110%
Contains more Vitamin K +22.2%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +14.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +18.8%
Contains more Folate +62.5%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.024
Equal in Vitamin B12 - 0.09

Minerals

Hot and sour soup is the absolute winner in the mineral category as it is higher in most minerals and lower in sodium. Hot and sour soup is noticeably richer in iron, phosphorus, and manganese.

Both soups are high in sodium, containing ~900mg of sodium, nearly 40% of the daily recommended intake (1).

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 +280%
Contains more Iron +204.8%
Contains more Magnesium +200%
Contains more Phosphorus +77.8%
Contains more Potassium +71.9%
Contains more Zinc +83.3%
Contains more Manganese +150%
Contains more Selenium +175%
Equal in Sodium - 406
Equal in Copper - 0.024
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 2% 8% 3% 8% 3% 53% 4% 8% 5% 6%
Contains more Calcium +280%
Contains more Iron +204.8%
Contains more Magnesium +200%
Contains more Phosphorus +77.8%
Contains more Potassium +71.9%
Contains more Zinc +83.3%
Contains more Manganese +150%
Contains more Selenium +175%
Equal in Sodium - 406
Equal in Copper - 0.024

Glycemic Index

There are no calculated glycemic index values for wonton and hot and sour soups.

Acidity

The PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load) value measures how much acid is produced in the organism by the consumed food.

The PRAL value for wonton and hot and sour soups is 0.9 and 0.8, respectively.

Health Impact

Health Benefits

Wonton and hot and sour soups are healthy soups that provide antioxidants and differing levels of vitamins and minerals.

The soups are low in calories and hence, can be part of the low-calorie diet. Low-calorie diets reduce the risk of cardiovascular, liver, and kidney disease, improve glycemic control, and reduce the severity of obesity-aggravated disorders (2).

Both soups contain most vitamins at varying levels; they are somewhat richer in vitamins B3, B6, and B12. The body needs these vitamins for healthy skin, red blood cell formation, and proper brain functioning (3).

Hot and sour soup is a great source of iron; it may cover up to 22.5% of the daily recommended need (1). Iron is essential for hemoglobin synthesis, a protein that transfers oxygen from the lungs to tissues. Growth, brain development, hormone synthesis, DNA synthesis, and many other functions require iron as well (4).

Risks

Wonton and hot and sour soups are high in sodium. High sodium consumption increases the risks of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, kidney disease, and cancer (5).

Article author photo Arpi Gasparyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: July 26, 2023
Medically reviewed by Astghik Baghinyan

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Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +274%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +338%
Contains less Saturated Fat -72.9%
28% 35% 38%
Saturated Fat: 0.229 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.288 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.311 g
30% 37% 34%
Saturated Fat: 0.062 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.077 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.071 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +274%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +338%
Contains less Saturated Fat -72.9%

Carbohydrate type comparison

Carbohydrate type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Sucrose +66.7%
Contains more Glucose +∞%
Contains more Starch +95.5%
Contains more Maltose +∞%
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
94% 5% 2%
Starch: 4.75 g
Sucrose: 0.24 g
Glucose: 0 g
Fructose: 0 g
Lactose: 0 g
Maltose: 0.09 g
Galactose: 0 g
Contains more Sucrose +66.7%
Contains more Glucose +∞%
Contains more Starch +95.5%
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.
Hot and sour soup Wonton soup
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Lower in price Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Hot and sour soup Wonton soup Opinion
Net carbs 3.85g 5.05g Wonton soup
Protein 2.58g 2.08g Hot and sour soup
Fats 1.21g 0.26g Hot and sour soup
Carbs 4.35g 5.25g Wonton soup
Calories 39kcal 32kcal Hot and sour soup
Starch 2.43g 4.75g Wonton soup
Sugar 0.42g 0.34g Wonton soup
Fiber 0.5g 0.2g Hot and sour soup
Calcium 19mg 5mg Hot and sour soup
Iron 0.64mg 0.21mg Hot and sour soup
Magnesium 9mg 3mg Hot and sour soup
Phosphorus 32mg 18mg Hot and sour soup
Potassium 55mg 32mg Hot and sour soup
Sodium 376mg 406mg Hot and sour soup
Zinc 0.22mg 0.12mg Hot and sour soup
Copper 0.026mg 0.024mg Hot and sour soup
Manganese 0.085mg 0.034mg Hot and sour soup
Selenium 0.4µg 1.1µg Wonton soup
Vitamin A 34IU 13IU Hot and sour soup
Vitamin A RAE 9µg 1µg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin E 0.39mg 0.06mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin D 5IU 0IU Hot and sour soup
Vitamin D 0.1µg 0µg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin C 0mg 0.7mg Wonton soup
Vitamin B1 0.026mg 0.024mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin B2 0.031mg 0.016mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin B3 0.507mg 0.58mg Wonton soup
Vitamin B5 0.227mg 0.14mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin B6 0.064mg 0.076mg Wonton soup
Folate 8µg 13µg Wonton soup
Vitamin B12 0.1µg 0.09µg Hot and sour soup
Choline 39.9mg 19mg Hot and sour soup
Vitamin K 1.1µg 0.9µg Hot and sour soup
Tryptophan 0.019mg 0.013mg Hot and sour soup
Threonine 0.111mg 0.081mg Hot and sour soup
Isoleucine 0.08mg 0.06mg Hot and sour soup
Leucine 0.151mg 0.12mg Hot and sour soup
Lysine 153mg 0.062mg Hot and sour soup
Methionine 0.039mg 0.03mg Hot and sour soup
Phenylalanine 0.085mg 0.07mg Hot and sour soup
Valine 0.092mg 0.071mg Hot and sour soup
Histidine 0.058mg 0.039mg Hot and sour soup
Cholesterol 21mg 4mg Wonton soup
Trans Fat 0g 0.001g Hot and sour soup
Saturated Fat 0.229g 0.062g Wonton soup
Monounsaturated Fat 0.288g 0.077g Hot and sour soup
Polyunsaturated fat 0.311g 0.071g Hot and sour soup
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 0.273g 0.065g Hot and sour soup
Omega-3 - ALA 0.03g 0.004g Hot and sour soup

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Hot and sour soup Wonton 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
6%
Wonton soup
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
13%
Hot and sour soup
10%
Wonton soup

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Wonton soup
Wonton soup is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.08g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Wonton soup
Wonton soup is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 17mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Wonton soup
Wonton soup is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.167g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Hot and sour soup
Hot and sour soup contains less Sodium (difference - 30mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Hot and sour soup
Hot and sour soup is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Hot and sour soup
Hot and sour soup is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
?
The foods have equal glycemic indexes ()
Which food is cheaper?
?
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. Wonton soup - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171821/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.