Nutrition for Fava Bean (cooked)

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Fava Bean Nutrition Summary

One cup of cooked fava bean (170 grams or 0.4 lb) contains 187 calories and 12.9 grams of protein. Fava bean consist of 72% water, 20% carbohydrates, 8% protein, and less than 1% of fat.

Fava bean is an excellent source of many nutrients, including carbohydrates, dietary fiber, protein, calcium, iron, potassium and folate. It also contains significant amounts of magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, choline, copper and manganese.

In one cup of cooked fava bean:

  • Calories: 187
  • Protein: 12.9 g
  • Sugar: 3.1 g
  • Dietary fiber: 9.2 g
  • Fat: 0.7 g, (Saturated: 0.1 g)
  • Sodium: 8.5 mg
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol in fava bean.

See the Fava Bean Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Broadbeans , mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt.

Calories in Fava Bean

Fava bean has 187 calories per cup or 110 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates and protein.

70% of calories in fava bean are from carbohydrates, 27% of calories are from protein and 3% of calories are from fat.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 70% of the calories in cooked fava bean are from carbohydrates. The carbs in fava bean are mostly in the form of dietary fiber and sugar (75% and 25%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single cup of fava bean contains 37% of recommended daily values or 9.2 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 9.2 g
  • Sugar: 3.1 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in fava bean.

Calories from Fat

A small portion, or 3% the calories in cooked Fava Bean are from fat. Fava bean is very low in total fat, with 0.7 grams per cup. Most of the fat in fava bean are healthier unsaturated fats.

Fava bean is cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

  • Total fat: 0.7 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3 g
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol or trans fat in fava bean.

Omega-6 in Fava Bean

A source of omega-6 fatty acids, every cup of fava bean contains a total of 0.3 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in fava bean comes from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 0.26 g

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Protein in Fava Bean

An excellent source of protein, a single cup of Fava Bean contains 26% of recommended daily values or 12.9 grams of protein. In addition, fava bean contains significant amounts of all 9 essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 12.92 g
  • Tryptophan: 0.12 g
  • Threonine: 0.46 g
  • Isoleucine: 0.52 g
  • Leucine: 0.97 g
  • Lysine: 0.83 g
  • Methionine: 0.11 g
  • Phenylalanine: 0.55 g
  • Valine: 0.57 g
  • Histidine: 0.33 g

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Vitamins and Minerals in Fava Bean

An good source of many nutrients, cooked fava bean contains abundant amounts of calcium, iron, potassium and folate. In fact, a single cup of fava bean contains 44% of recommended daily values or 176.8 ug of folate. Also an excellent source of potassium, a single cup of fava bean contains 20% of recommended daily values or 455.6 milligrams of potassium.

Vitamins in fava bean (1 cup):
  • Vitamin a: 1.7 ug
  • Thiamin: 0.2 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.2 mg
  • Niacin: 1.2 mg
  • Vitamin b6: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 0.5 mg
  • Folate: 176.8 ug
  • Vitamin k: 4.9 ug
Minerals in fava bean (1 cup):
  • Calcium: 61.2 mg
  • Potassium: 455.6 mg
  • Iron: 2.6 mg
  • Magnesium: 73.1 mg
  • Zinc: 1.7 mg
  • Selenium: 4.4 ug
  • Phosphorus: 212.5 mg
  • Copper: 0.4 mg
  • Manganese: 0.7 mg
  • Choline: 52 mg
There is no significant amounts of pantothenic acid, vitamin e or vitamin b12 in fava bean.

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Fava Bean 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.

Fava Bean in Cooking

Fava bean is not too common in recipes, although it does star in quite a few. Most recipes call for one or two cups of fava bean.

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