Nutrition for Flaxseed Oil

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More


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Flaxseed Oil Nutrition Summary

One tablespoon of flaxseed oil (13.6 grams or 0.48 oz) contains 120 calories and zero grams of protein. Flaxseed oil consist of 100% fat, and less than 1% of water, carbohydrates or protein.



In one tablespoon of flaxseed oil:

  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 13.6 g, (Saturated: 1.2 g)
There is no significant amounts of protein, sugar, dietary fiber, cholesterol or sodium in flaxseed oil.

See the Flaxseed Oil Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Oil, flaxseed, cold pressed.

Calories in Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil has 120 calories per tablespoon or 882 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from fat.

100 percent of calories in flaxseed oil are from fat.

Calories from Fat

The majority, or 100% of the calories in flaxseed oil are from fat. Flaxseed oil is high in total fat, with 13.6 grams or 21% of recommended daily values per tablespoon. Flaxseed Oil is cholestrol free. Most of the fat in flaxseed oil are healthier unsaturated fats:

  • Total fat: 13.6 g
  • Saturated fat: 1.2 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.5 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 9.2 g
There is no significant amounts of cholestrol in flaxseed oil.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 in Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is a great source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, containing a total of 7.26 grams for every tablespoon. It contains significant amounts of alpha linoleic acid. [2]

  • alpha linoleic acid: 7.26 g
Also a good source of omega-6 fatty acids, every tablespoon of flaxseed oil contains a total of 2 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in flaxseed oil comes from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • other omega 6: 0.02 g
  • linoleic acid: 1.95 g
The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in flaxseed oil is 0.3: 1.

Calories Similar to Flaxseed Oil

Some other fats or oils with similar calories to flaxseed oil by weight:

Protein in Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil 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: 0.01 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine or histidine in flaxseed oil.

Protein Similar to Flaxseed Oil

Some other fats or oils with similar amounts of protein to flaxseed oil by weight:

Vitamins and Minerals in Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is not known for its vitamin and minerals, but still contain trace amounts of a few nutrients.

Vitamins in flaxseed oil (1 tbsp):
  • Vitamin e: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin k: 1.3 ug
Minerals in flaxseed oil (1 tbsp):
  • Calcium: 0.1 mg
  • Zinc: < 0.1 mg
  • Phosphorus: 0.1 mg
  • Choline: < 0.1 mg
There is no significant amounts of potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, vitamin a, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin b6, vitamin c, folate or vitamin b12 in flaxseed oil.

Flaxseed Oil 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.


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