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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.

Join The Conversation
jkat jkat 9 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 10 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 10 years
Yikes.
tati33 tati33 10 years
i love panda - yum yum! i know the orange chicken is bad..but it's also soooooooooooooo good yummy!!
Ticklemepink Ticklemepink 10 years
yum I love panda express, but now I know what healthy and what's not!
BELLA20 BELLA20 10 years
I always get the fried rice w orange chicken i had no idea it was this bad for you! :(
LisaK LisaK 10 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 10 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 10 years
Fried rice is sooooo bad for you, but it can be hard to resist at times
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
ALTHOUGH, cooking at home makes all the difference!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
can you imagine being Chinese?! hahahahha i eat these stuff all the time!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Good thing I've moved away from fried rice!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
The only things I'll even eat there is the chow mein and the orange chicken!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I like their Kung Pao Chicken, and it's not as bad nutritionally as the Orange Chicken.
misstsapinay misstsapinay 10 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 10 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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