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The Nutrition of Pho Soup

Pho soup is a Vietnamese dish that is a beef and noodle soup. Pho soup is made with beef broth and contains a rich assortment of vegetables and spices, including scallions, mushrooms, basil, ginger, anise, bean sprouts and cilantro leaves. Because Pho soup contains beef, noodles and some other calorie-dense ingredients, the soup tends to be high in calories, although it does provide some beneficial nutritional characteristics.

Calories in Pho Soup

A 619 gram, or 21.8 ounce, serving of pho soup provides 367 calories. This amount of calories is 18 percent of your total calories, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Pho soup is slightly more calorie-dense than chicken noodle soup, which provides 327 calories in the same size serving. To burn 367 calories, you would have to hike for about 50 minutes, or jog for 37 minutes.

Fat in Pho Soup

Pho soup is moderately high in fat, as a serving provides 6 grams of fat, with 2 grams of saturated fat. Dietary fat is vital for optimal health, but not all fat has the same effects. The American Heart Association recommends a total fat intake of less than 25 to 35 percent of your total calories each day, but suggests that you prioritize unsaturated fat and consume no more than 7 percent of your calories from saturated fat each day.

Carbohydrates in Pho Soup

Pho soup contains noodles, which provide a significant amount of carbohydrates. A 21.8 ounce portion of pho soup contains 51 grams of carbohydrates. Despite the large carbohydrate content, this serving of pho soup provides just 2 grams of dietary fiber, a nutrient that helps you feel full after meals. Thus, you may not find pho soup very filling.

Protein in Pho Soup

Pho soup contains beef, so it is a rich source of protein. The serving of this soup offers 24 grams of protein, which is nearly half the daily recommended intake recommended of 50 to 65 grams. Consuming a high-protein diet may be beneficial for competitive athletes, as increasing protein intake can aid in muscle gain.

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