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

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Article author photo Arpi Gasparyan by Arpi Gasparyan | Last updated on July 25, 2023
Medically reviewed by Victoria Mazmanyan Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan
Wonton soup
vs
Egg Drop Soup

Summary

Wonton and egg drop soups are low-calorie soups. Wonton soup has more protein and carbs, while egg drop soup has slightly more fats.

Egg drop soup is over 5 times richer in vitamins C and A, while wonton soup is 3 times richer in vitamins B3, B6, and B12.

Both soups are high in sodium and increase the risk of certain diseases.

Introduction

This article compares two Chinese soups: wonton soup and egg drop soup.

Wonton soup is a bouillon-like soup prepared with wontons: dumplings with mainly pork or shrimp, sometimes chicken, vegetables, scallions, and various seasonings. Wonton soup is traditionally made with a clear and flavorful broth that is usually chicken or sometimes pork-based. The broth is often seasoned with garlic, ginger, and other spices.

Egg drop soup is made by dropping wispy beaten eggs into hot chicken broth. The soup may sometimes contain scallions, peppers, and tofu. Vegetable broth can also be used as a base for egg drop soup. The broth is usually lighter and less intense compared to wonton soup.

Nutrition

The nutritional values in the infographics of this article are presented for 100g servings of wonton soup and egg drop soup.

However, we will talk about the nutrition of one average serving size of wonton and egg drop soups - one cup, which is ~223g for wonton soup and ~241g for egg drop soup.

Macronutrients and Calories

Wonton and egg drop soups have similar nutritional values. However, wonton soup is slightly higher in protein and carbs, whereas egg drop soup is slightly higher in fats.

Both soups are made up of over 90% water.

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +79.3%
Contains more Carbs +22.4%
Contains more Other +15%
Contains more Fats +134.6%
Equal in Water - 92.87
2% 5% 91%
Protein: 2.08 g
Fats: 0.26 g
Carbs: 5.25 g
Water: 91.18 g
Other: 1.23 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 +79.3%
Contains more Carbs +22.4%
Contains more Other +15%
Contains more Fats +134.6%
Equal in Water - 92.87

Calories

Wonton and egg drop soups are low-calorie soups.

One serving of wonton soup provides 71.4 calories, whereas one serving of egg drop soup provides 65.1 calories.

Carbohydrates

One cup of wonton soup contains 11.7g of carbs, and one cup of egg drop soup contains 10.3g of carbs.

A cup of each soup provides 8-9% of the recommended daily carb intake (1).

The carbohydrate content of egg drop soup consists entirely of starch, while wonton soup also contains low levels of sucrose and maltose.

Carbohydrate type comparison

Carbohydrate type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Starch +93.9%
Contains more Sucrose +∞%
Contains more Maltose +∞%
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
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 Starch +93.9%
Contains more Sucrose +∞%
Contains more Maltose +∞%

Wonton and egg drop soups may or may not be considered keto-friendly, depending on the used ingredients and the soup's carb content.

Protein

The soups are not particularly rich in proteins. However, wonton soup has 1.5 times more proteins than egg drop soup.

One cup of wonton soup contains 4.64g of proteins, while one cup of egg drop soup contains 2.8g of proteins.

Fats

Wonton and egg drop soups are very low in fats.

One cup of wonton soup contains 0.58g of fats, whereas one cup of egg drop soup contains 1.47g of fats.

The soups contain trace amounts of cholesterol.

Vitamins

Wonton soup is richer in most B complex vitamins, whereas egg drop soup is richer in vitamins B2, C and insoluble vitamins A, E, and K.

Wonton soup is over 3.5 times richer in vitamins B3 and B6 and three times richer in vitamin B12.

Egg drop soup is 9.3 times richer in vitamin C and 6.8 times richer in vitamin A. One serving of egg drop soup covers 17.5% of the daily vitamin C need (1).

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.
:
Contains more Vitamin B1 +26.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +271.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +16.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +280%
Contains more Folate +85.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +200%
Contains more Vitamin A +584.6%
Contains more Vitamin E +116.7%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +828.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +18.8%
Contains more Choline +73.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.3%
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%
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 B1 +26.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +271.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +16.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +280%
Contains more Folate +85.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +200%
Contains more Vitamin A +584.6%
Contains more Vitamin E +116.7%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +828.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +18.8%
Contains more Choline +73.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.3%

Minerals

Wonton soup dominates in this section; however, the difference between their mineral contents is not particularly high.

Wonton soup is richer in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and copper. On the other hand, egg drop soup is richer in iron and calcium.

Both wonton and egg drop soups are high in sodium. One cup of each soup contains ~900mg of sodium, which is almost 40% of the daily recommended amount (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 Magnesium +50%
Contains more Phosphorus +20%
Contains more Potassium +45.5%
Contains more Zinc +33.3%
Contains more Copper +26.3%
Contains more Manganese +209.1%
Contains more Selenium +175%
Contains more Calcium +40%
Contains more Iron +23.8%
Equal in Sodium - 370
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 2% 8% 3% 8% 3% 53% 4% 8% 5% 6%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 3% 10% 2% 7% 2% 49% 3% 7% 2% 3%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Phosphorus +20%
Contains more Potassium +45.5%
Contains more Zinc +33.3%
Contains more Copper +26.3%
Contains more Manganese +209.1%
Contains more Selenium +175%
Contains more Calcium +40%
Contains more Iron +23.8%
Equal in Sodium - 370

Glycemic Index

There are no calculated glycemic index values for wonton soup and egg drop soup.

Acidity

The PRAL or the potential renal acid load value measures how much acid or base is produced in the organism by the consumed food.

The PRAL value of wonton soup is -0.9, and the PRAL value of egg drop soup is -0.5, making wonton soup more acidic or more acid-producing.

Health Impact

Health Benefits

Wonton and egg drop soups are considered healthy, and depending on their ingredients, they may provide a good amount of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

Wonton and egg drop soups are low-calorie foods and may be consumed during low-calorie diets. Low-calorie diets are associated with a lower risk of heart, kidney, and liver disease, better glycemic control, and reduced severity of obesity-aggravated disorders (2).

Egg drop soup is rich in vitamin C, a physiological antioxidant. Vitamin C participates in immune response, wound healing, growth and repair of tissues, and absorption of iron (3).

Wonton soup is a good vitamin B6 source. Vitamin B6 is needed for making antibodies, and hemoglobin, maintaining normal nerve function, breaking down proteins, and keeping blood sugar at normal levels (4).

Risks

Wonton and egg drop soups are high in a mineral called sodium. High sodium levels are associated with increased cardiovascular and kidney disease, osteoporosis, and cancer risks (5). Consider using low-sodium foods to avoid a high risk of heart disease. 

Article author photo Arpi Gasparyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: July 25, 2023
Medically reviewed by Victoria Mazmanyan

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Wonton soup vs Egg Drop Soup infographic
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Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -62.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +148.1%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +81.7%
30% 37% 34%
Saturated Fat: 0.062 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.077 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.071 g
34% 39% 27%
Saturated Fat: 0.166 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.191 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.129 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -62.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +148.1%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +81.7%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Wonton soup Egg Drop Soup Opinion
Net carbs 5.05g 3.89g Wonton soup
Protein 2.08g 1.16g Wonton soup
Fats 0.26g 0.61g Egg Drop Soup
Carbs 5.25g 4.29g Wonton soup
Calories 32kcal 27kcal Wonton soup
Starch 4.75g 2.45g Wonton soup
Sugar 0.34g 0.09g Egg Drop Soup
Fiber 0.2g 0.4g Egg Drop Soup
Calcium 5mg 7mg Egg Drop Soup
Iron 0.21mg 0.26mg Egg Drop Soup
Magnesium 3mg 2mg Wonton soup
Phosphorus 18mg 15mg Wonton soup
Potassium 32mg 22mg Wonton soup
Sodium 406mg 370mg Egg Drop Soup
Zinc 0.12mg 0.09mg Wonton soup
Copper 0.024mg 0.019mg Wonton soup
Manganese 0.034mg 0.011mg Wonton soup
Selenium 1.1µg 0.4µg Wonton soup
Vitamin A 13IU 89IU Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin A RAE 1µg 20µg Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin E 0.06mg 0.13mg Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin D 0IU 6IU Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin D 0µg 0.2µg Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin C 0.7mg 6.5mg Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin B1 0.024mg 0.019mg Wonton soup
Vitamin B2 0.016mg 0.019mg Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin B3 0.58mg 0.156mg Wonton soup
Vitamin B5 0.14mg 0.12mg Wonton soup
Vitamin B6 0.076mg 0.02mg Wonton soup
Folate 13µg 7µg Wonton soup
Vitamin B12 0.09µg 0.03µg Wonton soup
Choline 19mg 33mg Egg Drop Soup
Vitamin K 0.9µg 1.2µg Egg Drop Soup
Tryptophan 0.013mg 0.025mg Egg Drop Soup
Threonine 0.081mg 0.037mg Wonton soup
Isoleucine 0.06mg 0.028mg Wonton soup
Leucine 0.12mg 0.047mg Wonton soup
Lysine 0.062mg 0.052mg Wonton soup
Methionine 0.03mg 0.019mg Wonton soup
Phenylalanine 0.07mg 0.028mg Wonton soup
Valine 0.071mg 0.037mg Wonton soup
Histidine 0.039mg 0.013mg Wonton soup
Cholesterol 4mg 23mg Wonton soup
Trans Fat 0.001g 0.001g
Saturated Fat 0.062g 0.166g Wonton soup
Omega-3 - DHA 0g 0.001g Egg Drop Soup
Monounsaturated Fat 0.077g 0.191g Egg Drop Soup
Polyunsaturated fat 0.071g 0.129g Egg Drop Soup
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 0.065g 0.112g Egg Drop Soup
Omega-3 - ALA 0.004g 0.007g Egg Drop Soup
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0g 0.001g Egg Drop Soup

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Wonton 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
6%
Wonton soup
7%
Egg Drop Soup
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
10%
Wonton soup
8%
Egg Drop Soup

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Wonton soup
Wonton soup is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 19mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Wonton soup
Wonton soup is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.104g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Wonton soup
Wonton soup is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Egg Drop Soup
Egg Drop Soup is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.25g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Egg Drop Soup
Egg Drop Soup contains less Sodium (difference - 36mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
?
The foods have equal glycemic indexes ()
Which food is cheaper?
?
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. Wonton soup - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171821/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.