Nutrition for Nutmeg (ground)

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Nutmeg Nutrition Summary

One teaspoon of ground nutmeg (2.2 grams or 0.08 oz) contains 12 calories and 0.1 grams of protein. Nutmeg consist of 6% water, 49% carbohydrates, 6% protein, and 36% fat.

Nutmeg is an excellent source of a few nutrients, including dietary fiber and calcium. It also contains significant amounts of magnesium, manganese and copper.

In one teaspoon of ground nutmeg:

  • Calories: 12
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Dietary fiber: 0.5 g
  • Fat: 0.8 g, (Saturated: 0.6 g)
  • Sodium: 0.4 mg
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol in nutmeg.

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

Calories in Nutmeg

Nutmeg has 12 calories per teaspoon or 545 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from fat and carbohydrates.

60% of calories in nutmeg are from fat, 37% of calories are from carbohydrates and 3% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Carbs

A good portion, or 37% of the calories in ground nutmeg are from carbohydrates. The carbs in nutmeg are mostly in the form of dietary fiber and sugar (83% and 17%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single teaspoon of nutmeg contains 2% of recommended daily values or 0.5 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 0.5 g
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in nutmeg.

Calories from Fat

The majority, or 60% of the calories in ground Nutmeg are from fat. Nutmeg is high in total fat, with 0.8 grams per teaspoon. Most of the fat in nutmeg are saturated.

Nutmeg is cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

  • Total fat: 0.8 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.6 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: < 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol or trans fat in nutmeg.

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Protein in Nutmeg

A single teaspoon of Nutmeg contains 0.1 grams of protein. Nutmeg 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: 0.13 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine or histidine in nutmeg.

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Vitamins and Minerals in Nutmeg

An good source of nutrients, ground nutmeg contains abundant amounts of calcium. A single teaspoon of nutmeg contains 4 milligrams of calcium.

Vitamins in nutmeg (1 tsp):
  • Vitamin a: 0.1 ug
  • Thiamin: < 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: < 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin b6: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 0.1 mg
  • Folate: 1.7 ug
Minerals in nutmeg (1 tsp):
  • Calcium: 4 mg
  • Potassium: 7.7 mg
  • Iron: 0.1 mg
  • Magnesium: 4 mg
  • Zinc: < 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: < 0.1 ug
  • Phosphorus: 4.7 mg
  • Copper: < 0.1 mg
  • Manganese: 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 0.2 mg
There is no significant amounts of pantothenic acid, vitamin e, vitamin b12 or vitamin k in nutmeg.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Nutmeg [3]

Nutmeg contains a couple of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoid beta-carotene. In one teaspoon of nutmeg:

  • beta-carotene: 1 ug

Nutmeg 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.

Nutmeg in Cooking

Nutmeg is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Most recipes call for one or two teaspoons of nutmeg.

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