Nutrition for Paprika

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More


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Paprika Nutrition Summary

One teaspoon of paprika (2.3 grams or 0.08 oz) contains 6 calories and 0.3 grams of protein. Paprika consist of 11% water, 54% carbohydrates, 14% protein, and 13% fat.

Paprika is an excellent source of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. It also contains significant amounts of magnesium, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin K, copper, zinc, phosphorus and manganese.

In one teaspoon of paprika:

  • Calories: 6
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Dietary fiber: 0.8 g
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 1.6 mg
There is no significant amounts of saturated fat or cholesterol in paprika.

See the Paprika Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Spices, paprika.

Calories in Paprika

Paprika has 6 calories per teaspoon or 261 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates, fat and protein.

55 percent of calories in paprika are from carbohydrates, 31% of calories are from fat and 14% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 55% of the calories in paprika are from carbohydrates. The carbs in paprika are mostly in the form of dietary fiber and sugar (80% and 20%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single teaspoon of paprika contains 3% of recommended daily values or 0.8 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 0.8 g
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in paprika.

Calories from Fat

A substantial amount, or 31% of the calories in paprika are from fat. Paprika has a moderate amount of total fat, with 0.3 grams per teaspoon. It also is cholestrol free. Most of the fat in paprika are healthier unsaturated fats:

  • Total fat: 0.3 g
  • Saturated fat: < 0.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: < 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2 g
There is no significant amounts of cholestrol in paprika.

Omega-6 in Paprika

A good source of omega-6 fatty acids, every teaspoon of paprika contains a total of 0.2 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in paprika comes from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 0.17 g

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Protein in Paprika

A single teaspoon of paprika contains 0.3 grams of protein. Although paprika is relatively low in protein, it does contain all 9 essential amino acids at small amounts.

  • Protein: 0.33 g
  • Tryptophan: < 0.1 g
  • Threonine: 0.01 g
  • Isoleucine: 0.01 g
  • Leucine: 0.02 g
  • Lysine: 0.02 g
  • Methionine: < 0.1 g
  • Phenylalanine: 0.01 g
  • Valine: 0.02 g
  • Histidine: 0.01 g

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Vitamins and Minerals in Paprika

An good source of many nutrients, paprika contains abundant amounts of Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. In fact, a single teaspoon of paprika contains 8% of recommended daily values or 56.6 ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamins in paprika (1 tsp):
  • Vitamin a: 56.6 ug
  • Thiamin: < 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: < 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin b6: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.7 mg
  • Folate: 1.1 ug
  • Vitamin k: 1.8 ug
Minerals in paprika (1 tsp):
  • Calcium: 5.3 mg
  • Potassium: 52.4 mg
  • Iron: 0.5 mg
  • Magnesium: 4.1 mg
  • Zinc: 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: 0.1 ug
  • Phosphorus: 7.2 mg
  • Copper: < 0.1 mg
  • Manganese: < 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 1.2 mg
There is no significant amounts of pantothenic acid or vitamin b12 in paprika.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Paprika [3]

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

  • beta-carotene: 602 ug
  • alpha-carotene: 14 ug
  • lutein + zeaxanthin: 436 ug

Paprika 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.

Paprika in Cooking

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

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