Nutrition for Chili Pepper

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More


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Chili Pepper Nutrition Summary

One chili pepper (45 grams or 1.59 oz) contains 18 calories and 0.9 grams of protein. Chili pepper consist of 88% water, 10% carbohydrates, 2% protein, and less than 1% of fat.

Chili pepper is an excellent source of a few nutrients, including Vitamin C and potassium.

In one chili pepper:

  • Calories: 18
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Sugar: 2.3 g
  • Dietary fiber: 0.7 g
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 3.2 mg
There is no significant amounts of saturated fat or cholesterol in chili pepper.

See the Chili Pepper Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Peppers, hot chili, green, raw.

Calories in Chili Pepper

Chili pepper has 18 calories per chili pepper or 40 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates and protein.

79 percent of calories in chili pepper are from carbohydrates, 17% of calories are from protein and 4% of calories are from fat.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 79% of the calories in chili pepper are from carbohydrates. The carbs in chili pepper are mostly in the form of dietary fiber and sugar (23% and 77%). 1 chili pepper has 3% of daily values or 0.7 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 0.7 g
  • Sugar: 2.3 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in chili pepper.

Calories from Fat

A small portion, or 4% the calories in chili pepper are from fat. Chili pepper is very low in total fat, with 0.1 grams per chili pepper. It also is cholestrol free. Most of the fat in chili pepper are healthier unsaturated fats:

  • Total fat: 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: < 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of cholestrol, saturated fat or monounsaturated fat in chili pepper.

Omega-6 in Chili Pepper

Chili pepper contains a small amount of omega-6 fatty acids, mostly in the form of linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 0.05 g

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Protein in Chili Pepper

One chili pepper has 0.9 grams of protein or about 2% of daily recommended intake. Although chili pepper is relatively low in protein, it does contain all 9 essential amino acids at small amounts.

  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Tryptophan: 0.01 g
  • Threonine: 0.03 g
  • Isoleucine: 0.03 g
  • Leucine: 0.05 g
  • Lysine: 0.04 g
  • Phenylalanine: 0.03 g
  • Valine: 0.04 g
  • Histidine: 0.02 g
There is no significant amounts of methionine in chili pepper.

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Vitamins and Minerals in Chili Pepper

An good source of nutrients, chili pepper contains abundant amounts of Vitamin C and potassium. In fact, a single chili pepper contains 146% of recommended daily values or 109.1 mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamins in chili pepper (1 pepper):
  • Vitamin a: 26.6 ug
  • Thiamin: < 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: < 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin b6: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 109.1 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.3 mg
  • Folate: 10.4 ug
  • Vitamin k: 6.4 ug
Minerals in chili pepper (1 pepper):
  • Calcium: 8.1 mg
  • Potassium: 153 mg
  • Iron: 0.5 mg
  • Magnesium: 11.3 mg
  • Zinc: 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: 0.2 ug
  • Phosphorus: 20.7 mg
  • Copper: 0.1 mg
  • Manganese: 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 5 mg
There is no significant amounts of pantothenic acid or vitamin b12 in chili pepper.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Chili Pepper [3]

Chili pepper contains a number of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoids beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein + zeaxanthin and flavonoids apigenin, luteolin, myricetin and quercetin. In one chili pepper:

  • beta-carotene: 302 ug
  • alpha-carotene: 10 ug
  • lutein + zeaxanthin: 326 ug
  • apigenin: 0.63 mg
  • luteolin: 1.74 mg
  • myricetin: 0.54 mg
  • Quercetin: 6.62 mg

Chili 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.

Chili Pepper in Cooking

Chili pepper is in the top 25% most popular ingredients for recipes. Chili Pepper can be consumed raw and is often crushed or seeded before cooking or serving. Most recipes call for one or two chili peppers.

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