Nutrition for Cinnamon (ground)

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Cinnamon Nutrition Summary

One teaspoon of ground cinnamon (2.6 grams or 0.09 oz) contains 6 calories and 0.1 grams of protein. Cinnamon consist of 11% water, 81% carbohydrates, 4% protein, and less than 1% of total fat.

Cinnamon is an excellent source of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium, iron and potassium. It also contains significant amounts of carbohydrates and manganese.

In one teaspoon of ground cinnamon:

  • Calories: 6
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Dietary fiber: 1.4 g
  • Sodium: 0.3 mg
There is no significant amounts of total fat, saturated fat or cholesterol in cinnamon.

See the Cinnamon Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Spices, cinnamon, ground.

Calories in Cinnamon

Cinnamon has 6 calories per teaspoon or 231 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates.

96% of calories in cinnamon are from carbohydrates and 5% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 96% of the calories in ground cinnamon are from carbohydrates. The carbs in cinnamon are mostly in the form of dietary fiber and sugar (93% and 7%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single teaspoon of cinnamon contains 6% of recommended daily values or 1.4 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 1.4 g
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in cinnamon.

Calories from Fat

Ground Cinnamon does not contain a significant amount of calories from fat (less than 1%). Cinnamon is low in total fat, with <0.1 grams per teaspoon. Most of the fat in cinnamon are healthier unsaturated fats.

Cinnamon is 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 cinnamon.

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Protein in Cinnamon

A single teaspoon of Cinnamon contains 0.1 grams of protein. Although cinnamon is relatively low in protein, it does contain all 9 essential amino acids at small amounts.

  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Tryptophan: < 0.1 g
  • Threonine: < 0.1 g
  • Isoleucine: < 0.1 g
  • Leucine: 0.01 g
  • Lysine: 0.01 g
  • Methionine: < 0.1 g
  • Phenylalanine: < 0.1 g
  • Valine: 0.01 g
  • Histidine: < 0.1 g

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Vitamins and Minerals in Cinnamon

An good source of many nutrients, ground cinnamon contains abundant amounts of calcium, iron and potassium. In fact, a single teaspoon of cinnamon contains 3% of recommended daily values or 26.1 milligrams of calcium.

Vitamins in cinnamon (1 tsp):
  • Vitamin a: 0.4 ug
  • Niacin: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin b6: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.1 mg
  • Folate: 0.2 ug
  • Vitamin k: 0.8 ug
Minerals in cinnamon (1 tsp):
  • Calcium: 26.1 mg
  • Potassium: 11.2 mg
  • Iron: 0.2 mg
  • Magnesium: 1.6 mg
  • Zinc: < 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: 0.1 ug
  • Phosphorus: 1.7 mg
  • Copper: < 0.1 mg
  • Manganese: 0.5 mg
  • Choline: 0.3 mg
There is no significant amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid or vitamin b12 in cinnamon.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Cinnamon [3]

Cinnamon contains a number of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoids beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein + zeaxanthin. In one teaspoon of cinnamon:

  • beta-carotene: 3 ug
  • lycopene: 0 ug
  • lutein + zeaxanthin: 6 ug

Cinnamon 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.

Cinnamon in Cooking

Cinnamon is in the top 25 most popular ingredients for recipes. Most recipes call for one or two teaspoons of cinnamon.

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