Nutrition for Capers

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Capers Nutrition Summary

One tablespoon of capers (8.6 grams or 0.3 oz) contains 2 calories and 0.2 grams of protein. Capers consists of 84% water, 5% carbohydrates, 2% protein, and less than 1% of fat.

In one tablespoon of capers:

  • Calories: 2
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Dietary fiber: 0.3 g
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 201.9 mg
There is no significant amounts of sugar, saturated fat or cholesterol in capers.

See the Capers Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Capers, canned.

Calories in Capers

Capers have 2 calories per tablespoon or 23 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates, fat and protein.

49% of calories in capers are from carbohydrates, 27% of calories are from fat and 24% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Carbs

A good portion, or 49% of the calories in capers are from carbohydrates. The carbs in capers are mostly in the form of dietary fiber (100%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single tablespoon of capers contains 1% of recommended daily values or 0.3 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 0.3 g
  • Sugar: < 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in capers.

Calories from Fat

A substantial amount, or 27% of the calories in Capers are from fat. Capers are very low in total fat, with 0.1 grams per tablespoon. Most of the fat in capers are healthier unsaturated fats.

Capers are cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

  • Total fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated fat: < 0.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: < 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: < 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol or trans fat in capers.

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Protein in Capers

A single tablespoon of Capers contains 0.2 grams of protein. Capers are relatively low in protein, and is not a source of complete protein, containing little or small amounts of the majority of the nine essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 0.2 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine or histidine in capers.

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Vitamins and Minerals in Capers

Capers are not known for its abundance of vitamin and minerals, but still contains significant amounts of a couple nutrients, for example, Vitamin K and copper.

Vitamins in capers (1 tbsp):
  • Vitamin a: 0.6 ug
  • Riboflavin: < 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.1 mg
  • Folate: 2 ug
  • Vitamin k: 2.1 ug
Minerals in capers (1 tbsp):
  • Calcium: 3.4 mg
  • Potassium: 3.4 mg
  • Iron: 0.1 mg
  • Magnesium: 2.8 mg
  • Zinc: < 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: 0.1 ug
  • Phosphorus: 0.9 mg
  • Copper: < 0.1 mg
  • Manganese: < 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 0.6 mg
There is no significant amounts of thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin b6 or vitamin b12 in capers.

Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Capers [3]

Capers contain a couple of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoid beta-carotene and flavonoid kaempferol and quercetin. In one tablespoon of capers:

  • beta-carotene: 7 ug
  • kaempferol: 11.3 mg
  • Quercetin: 14.84 mg

Capers Nutrition Chart


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Nutrition calculations are from Harvard Medical's nutrient guidelines [1] and USDA's food central database (2019) [2].
We calculated values from 2000 kCal daily recommended diet.

Capers in Cooking

Capers are in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Most recipes call for one or two tablespoons of capers.

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