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Panda Express Breakdown

With all this talk about Chinese food having a bad rep, I thought it would be appropriate to break down so called gourmet Chinese food, Panda Express.

You should probably opt for these options:
Calories Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g)
Mixed Veggies 90 7 0 110 8
Mushroom Chicken 130 6 0 520 8

*The numbers above are all done without rice.

Want to know what you definitely shouldn't order (including sides) then,


You should steer clear of these options:
Calories Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g)
Orange Chicken 500 27 1 810 42
BBQ Pork 440 23 0 1570 15

*The numbers above are all done without rice.

Sides are not always your friend:
Calories Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g)
Steamed Rice (8oz.) 380 2.5 0 30 81
Fried Rice (8oz.) 450 14 3 710 67
Chicken Egg Roll 170 8 0 410 17

Still need your Panda Express fix? Then, check out these tips on ordering Chinese food as healthfully as possible.

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jkat jkat 8 years
Haha I get the orange chicken, fried rice and egg rolls. Good thing I have only eaten here like once in the past three years!
jandaholloway jandaholloway 8 years
I always order the Beef and Broccoli, Chicken with mushrooms, and instead of fried rice I get the mixed veggies. So yummy! The greatest part is all of it together is not much over 300 cals.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
Yikes.
tati33 tati33 8 years
i love panda - yum yum! i know the orange chicken is bad..but it's also soooooooooooooo good yummy!!
Ticklemepink Ticklemepink 8 years
yum I love panda express, but now I know what healthy and what's not!
BELLA20 BELLA20 8 years
I always get the fried rice w orange chicken i had no idea it was this bad for you! :(
LisaK LisaK 8 years
I love their mushroom chicken. Good to know it's a better choice. Unfortunately last time I ate it, I also had the bbq pork :O
PinkTulip PinkTulip 8 years
I love me some Panda Express, the kung pao with half chowmein and half rice with a side of mandarin chicken....a nice indulgence atleast once a month
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 8 years
Fried rice is sooooo bad for you, but it can be hard to resist at times
mandiesoh mandiesoh 8 years
ALTHOUGH, cooking at home makes all the difference!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 8 years
can you imagine being Chinese?! hahahahha i eat these stuff all the time!
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Good thing I've moved away from fried rice!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
The only things I'll even eat there is the chow mein and the orange chicken!
ccsugar ccsugar 8 years
I like their Kung Pao Chicken, and it's not as bad nutritionally as the Orange Chicken.
misstsapinay misstsapinay 8 years
I love the mixed veggies over white rice...And if I need an extra "treat" I order 2 veggie spring rolls too. Ah, so good!
thatgirljj thatgirljj 8 years
I know it's SOOOOOO bad, but I just love their orange chicken, served in a bowl over white rice. It's an occasional treat though because it pretty much has *no* redeeming nutritional value. Man, it's good though! When I'm in the mood for it, it's better than Ben & Jerrys!
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