Nutrition for Cornmeal

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Cornmeal Nutrition Summary

One cup of cornmeal (120 grams or 0.3 lb) contains 461 calories and 11.8 grams of protein. Cornmeal consist of 10% water, 73% carbohydrates, 10% protein, and 6% fat.

Cornmeal is an excellent source of many nutrients, including carbohydrates, dietary fiber, protein, iron, potassium, thiamin and Vitamin B6. It also contains significant amounts of magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, copper, manganese, zinc and selenium.

In one cup of cornmeal:

  • Calories: 461
  • Protein: 11.8 g
  • Sugar: 1.9 g
  • Dietary fiber: 11.3 g
  • Fat: 7.1 g, (Saturated: 1.3 g)
  • Sodium: 4.8 mg
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol in cornmeal.

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

Calories in Cornmeal

Cornmeal has 461 calories per cup or 384 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates, fat and protein.

76% of calories in cornmeal are from carbohydrates, 14% of calories are from fat and 10% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 76% of the calories in cornmeal are from carbohydrates. The carbs in cornmeal are mostly in the form of dietary fiber, sugar and starch (13%, 2% and 85%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single cup of cornmeal contains 45% of recommended daily values or 11.3 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 11.3 g
  • Sugar: 1.9 g
  • Starch: 74.3 g

Calories from Fat

About 14% the calories in Cornmeal are from fat. Cornmeal has a moderate amount of total fat, with 7.1 grams or 11% of recommended daily values per cup. Most of the fat in cornmeal are healthier unsaturated fats.

Cornmeal is cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

  • Total fat: 7.1 g
  • Saturated fat: 1.3 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.6 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.8 g
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol or trans fat in cornmeal.

Omega-6 in Cornmeal

A good source of omega-6 fatty acids, every cup of cornmeal contains a total of 2.8 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in cornmeal comes from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 2.75 g

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Protein in Cornmeal

An excellent source of protein, a single cup of Cornmeal contains 24% of recommended daily values or 11.8 grams of protein. In addition, cornmeal contains significant amounts of all 9 essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 11.82 g
  • Tryptophan: 0.06 g
  • Threonine: 0.37 g
  • Isoleucine: 0.44 g
  • Leucine: 1.53 g
  • Lysine: 0.36 g
  • Methionine: 0.28 g
  • Phenylalanine: 0.6 g
  • Valine: 0.59 g
  • Histidine: 0.32 g

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Vitamins and Minerals in Cornmeal

An good source of many nutrients, cornmeal contains abundant amounts of iron, potassium, thiamin and Vitamin B6. In fact, a single cup of cornmeal contains 54% of recommended daily values or 0.7 milligrams of Vitamin B6. Also an excellent source of thiamin, a single cup of cornmeal contains 33% of recommended daily values or 0.4 milligrams of thiamin.

Vitamins in cornmeal (1 cup):
  • Thiamin: 0.4 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 3 mg
  • Vitamin b6: 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.4 mg
  • Folate: 40.8 ug
  • Vitamin k: 0.2 ug
Minerals in cornmeal (1 cup):
  • Calcium: 7.2 mg
  • Potassium: 386.4 mg
  • Iron: 3.6 mg
  • Magnesium: 128.4 mg
  • Zinc: 3.7 mg
  • Selenium: 7.2 ug
  • Phosphorus: 270 mg
  • Copper: 0.3 mg
  • Manganese: 0.8 mg
There is no significant amounts of choline, vitamin a, pantothenic acid, vitamin c or vitamin b12 in cornmeal.

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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.

Cornmeal in Cooking

Cornmeal is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Most recipes call for one or two cups of cornmeal.

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