When You Eat Too Many Egg Rolls, This Is What Happens To Your Body

It's Friday night, which means Chinese takeout night. You order your usual entrees (orange chicken, lo mein, and beef and broccoli) but just as you're about to click "complete order," you see the appetizer section. More specifically, you see the egg rolls. How could you resist? Every Chinese food fan knows that egg rolls are the perfect starter: crispy, crunchy, and bursting with fresh flavors. Whether you get the veggie ones or those filled with pork or shrimp, you really can't go wrong with an order of egg rolls.

While they're delicious to indulge in every once in a while, consuming too many egg rolls on the regular might not be the best (or healthiest) idea. After all, for as tasty as they are, they aren't exactly a health food. Here's why you should think twice about eating egg rolls all day, every day — and what could happen to your body if you do.

They're high in salt, fat, and calories

According to Eat This Much, the average egg roll contains about 220 calories, which is a lot for something that's demolished in about three bites. It also packs in about 11 grams of fat (two of which are saturated fat) and over 416 milligrams of sodium. To put that into perspective, the American Heart Association recommends adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. That means that if you eat just two egg rolls, you could be almost halfway to your daily sodium intake (and that doesn't even include the rest of your meal, which could be equally high in salt!). Too much fat or sodium can lead to long-term health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, or obesity.

Plus, along with the high fat and sodium content, egg rolls can also contain trace amounts of trans fats, SF Gate reports. Trans fats, which come from fried foods like egg rolls, raise your cholesterol levels and can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes, as well.