Nutrition for Pickles

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Pickles Nutrition Summary

One pickle (135 grams or 0.3 lb) contains 16 calories and 0.7 grams of protein. Pickles consists of 94% water, 2% carbohydrates, and less than 1% of protein or fat.

Pickles are an excellent source of a few nutrients, including calcium. It also contains significant amounts of dietary fiber and potassium.

In one pickle:

  • Calories: 16
  • Protein: 0.7 g
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
  • Dietary fiber: 1.4 g
  • Fat: 0.4 g, (Saturated: 0.1 g)
  • Sodium: 1092.2 mg
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol in pickles.

See the Pickles Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Pickles, cucumber, dill or kosher dill.

Calories in Pickles

Pickles have 16 calories per pickle or 12 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates, fat and protein.

67% of calories in pickles are from carbohydrates, 18% of calories are from fat and 14% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 67% of the calories in pickles are from carbohydrates. The carbs in pickles are mostly in the form of dietary fiber and sugar (50% and 50%). 1 pickle has 5% of daily values or 1.4 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 1.4 g
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in pickles.

Calories from Fat

About 18% the calories in Pickles are from fat. Pickles are very low in total fat, with 0.4 grams per pickle. Most of the fat in pickles are healthier unsaturated fats.

Pickles are cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

  • Total fat: 0.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2 g
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol, trans fat or monounsaturated fat in pickles.

Omega-6 in Pickles

A source of omega-6 fatty acids, every pickle of pickles contain a total of 0.1 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in pickles come from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 0.07 g

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Protein in Pickles

A single pickle contains 0.7 grams of protein. Pickles are 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: 0.68 g
  • Isoleucine: 0.03 g
  • Leucine: 0.04 g
  • Lysine: 0.04 g
  • Valine: 0.03 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan, threonine, methionine, phenylalanine or histidine in pickles.

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Vitamins and Minerals in Pickles

An good source of nutrients, pickles contain abundant amounts of calcium. In fact, a single pickle contains 8% of recommended daily values or 77 milligrams of calcium.

Vitamins in pickles (1 large):
  • Vitamin a: 8.1 ug
  • Thiamin: 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 3.1 mg
  • Folate: 10.8 ug
  • Vitamin k: 23.4 ug
Minerals in pickles (1 large):
  • Calcium: 77 mg
  • Potassium: 158 mg
  • Iron: 0.4 mg
  • Magnesium: 9.5 mg
  • Zinc: 0.1 mg
  • Phosphorus: 21.6 mg
  • Manganese: 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 4.6 mg
There is no significant amounts of selenium, copper, pantothenic acid, vitamin b6, vitamin e or vitamin b12 in pickles.

Similar to Pickles for Calcium

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Pickles [3]

Pickles contain a number of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoids beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein + zeaxanthin. In one pickle of pickles:

  • beta-carotene: 72 ug
  • alpha-carotene: 18 ug
  • lutein + zeaxanthin: 38 ug

Pickles 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.

Pickles in Cooking

Pickles are in the top 25% most popular ingredients for recipes. Pickles can be consumed raw and is often chopped or sliced before cooking or serving. Most recipes call for one or two cups of pickles.

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