High in Carbs, Low in Fiber
Most of the calories in the vermicelli rice noodles come from carbs. A 2-ounce serving contains 45 grams of carbs. As your primary source of energy, carbs should provide most of your day’s calories — 45 to 65 percent. While the noodles are a good source of carbs, they are not a good source of fiber, a type of carb your body cannot digest. One serving provides less than 1 gram. Fiber may help reduce your risk of obesity, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Fat- and Cholesterol-Free
The vermicelli rice noodles contain 0 grams of fat and cholesterol. Fat is an essential nutrient your body uses as a source of energy and to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Most of the fat in your diet should come from unsaturated fats such as olive oil, canola oil and avocados. Fried foods are a source of trans fat, which increases risk of heart disease. So when ordering your noodles, it’s healthier to order them soft instead of fried.
Incomplete Source of Protein
The noodles contain 3 grams of protein per 2-ounce serving. Because the noodles are made from rice, they do not contain all of the essential amino acids, making them an incomplete source of protein. But you can meet your daily protein needs eating other foods throughout the day, even if they are nonmeat sources, such as other grains, beans or vegetables.
Low in Sodium
Getting too much sodium in your diet increases your risk of developing high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. When trying to limit the sodium in your diet, vermicelli rice noodles make a good choice as long as you combine them with other low-sodium foods. A 2-ounce serving contains 22 milligrams of sodium. Limit your daily sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams a day.