The Reason You Should Avoid Shanghai Angus Steak At Panda Express

Panda Express is one of the best and most convenient options available when you're craving a quick serving of comforting Chinese-American food. Its dishes are so popular in fact that orange chicken technically originated from this chain. Panda Express chef Andy Kao back created the idea back in 1987 and its now undeniably a major part of Chinese-American cuisine (via Reader's Digest). 

Some of the other iconic dishes at Panda Express include Honey Walnut Shrimp, Cream Cheese Rangoons, Teriyaki Chicken, Chicken Egg Rolls, and more, according to Spoon University. While you browse through a plethora of signature dishes and options at the restaurant, you'll probably come across the Shanghai Angus Steak, an entree that is definitely a popular item at the restaurant. Unfortunately, it's something you may want to avoid if you're health-conscious. Read on for the full lowdown on why it's best to not order this one.

The Shanghai Angus Steak from Panda Express is actually quite unhealthy

As delicious as a plate of the Panda Express Shanghai Angus Steak sounds with its mix of mushrooms, onions, string beans, and steak coupled with a delicious sauce, it's pretty unhealthy. According to the brand's website, one serving of the dish will cost you 310 calories, 19 grams of fat, 790 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, and 19 grams of protein. 

What's the main problem here? The fat content. 170 of those total calories come from fat in this dish. Plus, you're not doing your blood pressure any favors by eating so much sodium in a single meal. What's the daily recommendation for sodium intake again? The FDA explains that you shouldn't consume more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day for the sake of your health. So, the next time you're starving and find yourself at Panda Express, try going for a healthier option like the Eggplant Tofu or the Teriyaki Chicken (via Well + Good).