Nutrition for Cumin

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Cumin Nutrition Summary

One teaspoon of cumin (2.1 grams or 0.07 oz) contains 8 calories and 0.4 grams of protein. Cumin consist of 8% water, 44% carbohydrates, 18% protein, and 22% fat.

Cumin is an excellent source of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium, iron and potassium. It also contains significant amounts of magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese and zinc.

In one teaspoon of cumin:

  • Calories: 8
  • Protein: 0.4 g
  • Dietary fiber: 0.2 g
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Sodium: 3.5 mg
There is no significant amounts of sugar, saturated fat or cholesterol in cumin.

See the Cumin Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Spices, cumin seed.

Calories in Cumin

Cumin has 8 calories per teaspoon or 381 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from fat, carbohydrates and protein.

46% of calories in cumin are from fat, 37% of calories are from carbohydrates and 17% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Carbs

A good portion, or 37% of the calories in cumin are from carbohydrates. The carbs in cumin are mostly in the form of dietary fiber (100%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single teaspoon of cumin contains 1% of recommended daily values or 0.2 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 0.2 g
  • Sugar: < 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in cumin.

Calories from Fat

A substantial amount, or 46% of the calories in Cumin are from fat. Cumin is high in total fat, with 0.5 grams per teaspoon. Most of the fat in cumin are healthier unsaturated fats.

Cumin is cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

  • Total fat: 0.5 g
  • Saturated fat: < 0.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.3 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol or trans fat in cumin.

Omega-6 in Cumin

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

  • linoleic acid: 0.07 g

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Protein in Cumin

A single teaspoon of Cumin contains 0.4 grams of protein. Cumin 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: 0.37 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine or histidine in cumin.

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Vitamins and Minerals in Cumin

An good source of many nutrients, cumin contains abundant amounts of calcium, iron and potassium. In fact, a single teaspoon of cumin contains 8% of recommended daily values or 1.4 milligrams of iron. Also an excellent source of calcium, a single teaspoon of cumin contains 2% of recommended daily values or 19.6 milligrams of calcium.

Vitamins in cumin (1 tsp):
  • Vitamin a: 1.3 ug
  • Thiamin: < 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: < 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin b6: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.1 mg
  • Folate: 0.2 ug
  • Vitamin k: 0.1 ug
Minerals in cumin (1 tsp):
  • Calcium: 19.6 mg
  • Potassium: 37.5 mg
  • Iron: 1.4 mg
  • Magnesium: 7.7 mg
  • Zinc: 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: 0.1 ug
  • Phosphorus: 10.5 mg
  • Copper: < 0.1 mg
  • Manganese: 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 0.5 mg
There is no significant amounts of pantothenic acid or vitamin b12 in cumin.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Cumin [3]

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

  • beta-carotene: 16 ug
  • lutein + zeaxanthin: 9 ug

Cumin 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.

Cumin in Cooking

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

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