Nutrition for Shortening

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

Shortening Nutrition Summary

One cup of shortening (204.8 grams or 0.5 lb) contains 1810 calories and zero grams of protein. Shortening consist of 100% fat, and less than 1% of water, carbohydrates or protein.

Shortening is an excellent source of a few nutrients, including Vitamin K and Vitamin E. It also contains significant amounts of pantothenic acid.

In one cup of shortening:

  • Calories: 1810
  • Fat: 204.7 g, (Saturated: 51.2 g)
  • Sodium: 8.2 mg
There is no significant amounts of protein, sugar, dietary fiber or cholesterol in shortening.

See the Shortening Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Shortening, vegetable, household, composite.

Calories in Shortening

Shortening has 1810 calories per cup or 884 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from fat.

100% of calories in shortening are from fat.

Calories from Fat

The majority, or 100% of the calories in Shortening are from fat. Shortening is high in total fat, with 204.7 grams or 320% of recommended daily values per cup. Most of the fat in shortening are healthier unsaturated fats but it also contains a very high amount of saturated fat, about 280% of recommended daily values.

Shortening is cholesterol free but has 26.959872 grams of trans fat.

  • Total fat: 204.7 g
  • Trans fat: 27 g
  • Saturated fat: 51.2 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 84.3 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 57.5 g
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol in shortening.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 in Shortening

Shortening is a great source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, containing a total of 3.86 grams for every cup. It contains significant amounts of alpha linoleic acid. [2]

  • alpha linoleic acid: 3.86 g
Also a good source of omega-6 fatty acids, every cup of shortening contains a total of 54.6 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in shortening comes from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • other omega 6: 0.88 g
  • linoleic acid: 53.68 g
The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in shortening is 14.1: 1.

Calories Similar to Shortening

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Protein in Shortening

Shortening 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.

Vitamins and Minerals in Shortening

An good source of nutrients, shortening contains abundant amounts of Vitamin K and Vitamin E. In fact, a single cup of shortening contains 121% of recommended daily values or 109 ug of Vitamin K.

Vitamins in shortening (1 cup):
  • Vitamin e: 12.6 mg
  • Vitamin k: 109 ug
Minerals in shortening (1 cup):
  • Calcium: 2 mg
  • Iron: 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 0.4 mg
There is no significant amounts of potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, vitamin a, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin b6, vitamin c, folate or vitamin b12 in shortening.

Similar to Shortening for Vitamin K

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Shortening 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.

Shortening in Cooking

Shortening is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Most recipes call for one or two cups of shortening.

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