Nutrition for Scallion

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Scallion Nutrition Summary

One scallion (25 grams or 0.88 oz) contains 8 calories and 0.5 grams of protein. Scallion consist of 90% water, 7% carbohydrates, 2% protein, and less than 1% of total fat.

Scallion is an excellent source of many nutrients, including calcium, potassium and Vitamin K.

In one scallion:

  • Calories: 8
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Sugar: 0.6 g
  • Dietary fiber: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 4 mg
There is no significant amounts of total fat, saturated fat or cholesterol in scallion.

See the Scallion Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Onions, spring or scallions , raw.

Calories in Scallion

Scallion has 8 calories per scallion or 32 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates and protein.

78% of calories in scallion are from carbohydrates and 22% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 78% of the calories in scallion are from carbohydrates. The carbs in scallion are mostly in the form of dietary fiber and sugar (54% and 46%). An excellent high-fiber food, a single scallion contains 3% of recommended daily values or 0.7 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 0.7 g
  • Sugar: 0.6 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in scallion.

Calories from Fat

Scallion does not contain a significant amount of calories from fat (less than 1%). Scallion is very low in total fat, with <0.1 grams per scallion. Most of the fat in scallion are healthier unsaturated fats.

Scallion is cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

  • Total fat: < 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: < 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol, trans fat, saturated fat or monounsaturated fat in scallion.

Omega-6 in Scallion

Scallion contains a small amount of omega-6 fatty acids, mostly in the form of linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 0.02 g

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Protein in Scallion

A single scallion contains 0.5 grams of protein. Although scallion is relatively low in protein, it does contain all 9 essential amino acids at small amounts.

  • Protein: 0.46 g
  • Threonine: 0.02 g
  • Isoleucine: 0.02 g
  • Leucine: 0.03 g
  • Lysine: 0.02 g
  • Phenylalanine: 0.01 g
  • Valine: 0.02 g
  • Histidine: 0.01 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan or methionine in scallion.

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Vitamins and Minerals in Scallion

An good source of many nutrients, scallion contains abundant amounts of calcium, potassium and Vitamin K. In fact, a single scallion contains 58% of recommended daily values or 51.8 ug of Vitamin K. Also an excellent source of potassium, a single scallion contains 3% of recommended daily values or 69 milligrams of potassium.

Vitamins in scallion (1 large):
  • Vitamin a: 12.5 ug
  • Thiamin: < 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: < 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin b6: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 4.7 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.1 mg
  • Folate: 16 ug
  • Vitamin k: 51.8 ug
Minerals in scallion (1 large):
  • Calcium: 18 mg
  • Potassium: 69 mg
  • Iron: 0.4 mg
  • Magnesium: 5 mg
  • Zinc: 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: 0.2 ug
  • Phosphorus: 9.3 mg
  • Copper: < 0.1 mg
  • Manganese: < 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 1.4 mg
There is no significant amounts of pantothenic acid or vitamin b12 in scallion.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Scallion [3]

Scallion contains a number of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoids beta-carotene and lutein + zeaxanthin and flavonoids kaempferol and quercetin. In one scallion:

  • beta-carotene: 150 ug
  • lutein + zeaxanthin: 284 ug
  • kaempferol: 0.34 mg
  • Quercetin: 2.67 mg

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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.

Scallion in Cooking

Scallion is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Scallion can be consumed raw and is often sliced, chopped or minced before cooking or serving. Most recipes call for one or two scallions.

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