Nutrition for Cayenne Pepper

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More


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Cayenne Pepper Nutrition Summary

One teaspoon of cayenne pepper (1.8 grams or 0.06 oz) contains 6 calories and 0.2 grams of protein. Cayenne pepper consist of 8% water, 57% carbohydrates, 12% protein, and 17% fat.

Cayenne pepper is an excellent source of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. It also contains significant amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, riboflavin, Vitamin K, phosphorus and manganese.

In one teaspoon of cayenne pepper:

  • Calories: 6
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Dietary fiber: 0.5 g
  • Fat: 0.3 g, (Saturated: 0.1 g)
  • Sodium: 0.5 mg
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol in cayenne pepper.

See the Cayenne Pepper Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Spices, pepper, red or cayenne.

Calories in Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper has 6 calories per teaspoon or 333 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates, fat and protein.

53 percent of calories in cayenne pepper are from carbohydrates, 36% of calories are from fat and 11% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 53% of the calories in cayenne pepper are from carbohydrates. The carbs in cayenne pepper are mostly in the form of dietary fiber and sugar (71% and 29%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single teaspoon of cayenne pepper contains 2% of recommended daily values or 0.5 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 0.5 g
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in cayenne pepper.

Calories from Fat

A substantial amount, or 36% of the calories in cayenne pepper are from fat. Cayenne pepper is high in total fat, with 0.3 grams per teaspoon. Cayenne Pepper is cholestrol free. Most of the fat in cayenne pepper are healthier unsaturated fats:

  • Total fat: 0.3 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: < 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2 g
There is no significant amounts of cholestrol in cayenne pepper.

Omega-6 in Cayenne Pepper

A good source of omega-6 fatty acids, every teaspoon of cayenne pepper contains a total of 0.1 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in cayenne pepper comes from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 0.14 g

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Protein in Cayenne Pepper

A single teaspoon of cayenne pepper contains 0.2 grams of protein. Cayenne pepper is 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: 0.22 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine or histidine in cayenne pepper.

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Vitamins and Minerals in Cayenne Pepper

An good source of many nutrients, cayenne pepper contains abundant amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. In fact, a single teaspoon of cayenne pepper contains 5% of recommended daily values or 37.5 ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamins in cayenne pepper (1 tsp):
  • Vitamin a: 37.5 ug
  • Thiamin: < 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: < 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin b6: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.5 mg
  • Folate: 1.9 ug
  • Vitamin k: 1.4 ug
Minerals in cayenne pepper (1 tsp):
  • Calcium: 2.7 mg
  • Potassium: 36.3 mg
  • Iron: 0.1 mg
  • Magnesium: 2.7 mg
  • Zinc: < 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: 0.2 ug
  • Phosphorus: 5.3 mg
  • Copper: < 0.1 mg
  • Manganese: < 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 0.9 mg
There is no significant amounts of pantothenic acid or vitamin b12 in cayenne pepper.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Cayenne Pepper [3]

Cayenne pepper contains a number of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoids beta-carotene and lutein + zeaxanthin. In one teaspoon of cayenne pepper:

  • beta-carotene: 393 ug
  • lutein + zeaxanthin: 237 ug

Cayenne Pepper 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.

Cayenne Pepper in Cooking

Cayenne pepper is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Most recipes call for one or two teaspoons of cayenne pepper.

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