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Foie gras nutrition: calories, carbs, GI, protein, fiber, fats

Pate de foie gras, canned (goose liver pate), smoked
*all the values are displayed for the amount of 100 grams
Article author photo Arpi Gasparyan by Arpi Gasparyan | Last updated on September 11, 2023
Medically reviewed by Ani Harutyunyan Article author photo Ani Harutyunyan
Foie gras

Foie gras calories

Calories per 100g

Foie gras (“fatty liver”) is a high-calorie product. It is a well-known food in France and England, made of a goose or duck liver. 

One hundred grams of foie gras provides 462 calories. Fats are the predominant macronutrients in foie gras, providing over 85% of calorie content.

Macronutrients chart

12% 43% 5% 37% 4%
Protein:
Daily Value: 23%
11.4 g of 50 g
23%
Fats:
Daily Value: 67%
43.84 g of 65 g
67%
Carbs:
Daily Value: 2%
4.67 g of 300 g
2%
Water:
Daily Value: 2%
37.04 g of 2,000 g
2%
Other:
3.05 g

Calories per serving size

One hundred grams of foie gras, made from goose liver, provides 462 calories, while 1 oz (28.35g) of this product provides 131 calories. However, the average foie gras serving size is 1 tbsp, equal to 13g, providing 60.1 calories.

Most of the calories in fois gras come from its fat content. This food is mainly composed of monounsaturated fats. However, saturated fats are also a notable part of it. 

Comparison

Compared to all foods in our database, foie gras is in the top 10% of foods high in calories.

Compared to other pates (pastes), foie gras has the highest fat content, making it so high in calories.

Foie gras provides 1.5 times more fat than truffle pate and 3.3 times more fat than chicken liver pate.

FoodCalories, per servingCalories per 100g
Chicken liver pate26 (1 tbsp)201
Pate de foie gras60 (1 tbsp)462
Truffle pate183 (2 oz)327
Pork liver140 (3 oz)165
Chicken liver146 (3 oz)172
Beef liver149 (3 oz)175

Summary table & burning estimates

We have calculated the duration and number of calories a person will burn by performing a certain type of activity, measured by a method called Met or Metabolic Equivalent of a Task (1, 2).

The table below shows the time and type of activity a person should perform to burn 60.1 calories from 1 tbsp of foie gras.

 60kg person80kg person100kg person
Walking18 min13 min11 min
Running6 min4.5 min3.5 min
Cycling8 min6 min5 min
Aerobics8.5 min6.5 min5 min

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4428382/
  2. 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities
Article author photo Arpi Gasparyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: September 11, 2023
Medically reviewed by Ani Harutyunyan

Important nutritional characteristics for Foie gras

Foie gras
Calories ⓘ Calories per 100-gram serving 462
Net Carbs ⓘ Net Carbs = Total Carbohydrates – Fiber – Sugar Alcohols 4.67 grams
Serving Size ⓘ Serving sizes are taken from FDA's Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs) 1 oz (28.35 grams)
Acidity (Based on PRAL) ⓘ PRAL (Potential renal acid load) is calculated using a formula. On the PRAL scale the higher the positive value, the more is the acidifying effect on the body. The lower the negative value, the higher the alkalinity of the food. 0 is neutral. 8.8 (acidic)
Oxalates ⓘ Animal products do not contain oxalate. 0mg
TOP 4% Fats ⓘHigher in Fats content than 96% of foods
TOP 7% Cholesterol ⓘHigher in Cholesterol content than 93% of foods
TOP 8% Saturated Fat ⓘHigher in Saturated Fat content than 92% of foods
TOP 10% Monounsaturated Fat ⓘHigher in Monounsaturated Fat content than 90% of foods
TOP 10% Calories ⓘHigher in Calories content than 90% of foods

Foie gras calories (kcal)

Serving Size Calories Weight
Calories in 100 grams 462
Calories in 1 tbsp 60 13 g
Calories in 1 oz 131 28.35 g

Mineral coverage chart

Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 22% 207% 10% 86% 13% 91% 26% 134% 16% 240%
Calcium: 70 mg of 1,000 mg 7%
Iron: 5.5 mg of 8 mg 69%
Magnesium: 13 mg of 420 mg 3%
Phosphorus: 200 mg of 700 mg 29%
Potassium: 138 mg of 3,400 mg 4%
Sodium: 697 mg of 2,300 mg 30%
Zinc: 0.92 mg of 11 mg 8%
Copper: 0.4 mg of 1 mg 44%
Manganese: 0.12 mg of 2 mg 5%
Selenium: 44 µg of 55 µg 80%

Mineral chart - relative view

Iron
5.5 mg
TOP 10%
Sodium
697 mg
TOP 12%
Copper
0.4 mg
TOP 22%
Selenium
44 µg
TOP 23%
Calcium
70 mg
TOP 28%
Phosphorus
200 mg
TOP 38%
Zinc
0.92 mg
TOP 55%
Manganese
0.12 mg
TOP 59%
Potassium
138 mg
TOP 74%
Magnesium
13 mg
TOP 77%

Vitamin coverage chart

Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 200% 0% 0% 7% 22% 69% 48% 72% 14% 45% 1175% 0% 0%
Vitamin A: 3333 IU of 5,000 IU 67%
Vitamin E : 0 mg of 15 mg 0%
Vitamin D: 0 µg of 10 µg 0%
Vitamin C: 2 mg of 90 mg 2%
Vitamin B1: 0.088 mg of 1 mg 7%
Vitamin B2: 0.299 mg of 1 mg 23%
Vitamin B3: 2.51 mg of 16 mg 16%
Vitamin B5: 1.2 mg of 5 mg 24%
Vitamin B6: 0.06 mg of 1 mg 5%
Folate: 60 µg of 400 µg 15%
Vitamin B12: 9.4 µg of 2 µg 392%
Choline: 0 mg of 550 mg 0%
Vitamin K: 0 µg of 120 µg 0%

Vitamin chart - relative view

Vitamin A
3333 IU
TOP 12%
Vitamin B12
9.4 µg
TOP 15%
Vitamin B2
0.299 mg
TOP 26%
Folate
60 µg
TOP 32%
Vitamin B5
1.2 mg
TOP 32%
Vitamin C
2 mg
TOP 36%
Vitamin B1
0.088 mg
TOP 53%
Vitamin B3
2.51 mg
TOP 54%
Vitamin B6
0.06 mg
TOP 75%

Protein quality breakdown

Tryptophan Threonine Isoleucine Leucine Lysine Methionine Phenylalanine Valine Histidine 173% 145% 130% 114% 124% 78% 98% 119% 130%
Tryptophan: 161 mg of 280 mg 58%
Threonine: 507 mg of 1,050 mg 48%
Isoleucine: 606 mg of 1,400 mg 43%
Leucine: 1029 mg of 2,730 mg 38%
Lysine: 863 mg of 2,100 mg 41%
Methionine: 270 mg of 1,050 mg 26%
Phenylalanine: 567 mg of 1,750 mg 32%
Valine: 719 mg of 1,820 mg 40%
Histidine: 303 mg of 700 mg 43%

Fat type information

35% 63% 2%
Saturated Fat: 14.45 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 25.61 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.84 g

All nutrients for Foie gras per 100g

Nutrient Value DV% In TOP % of foods Comparison
Calories 462kcal 23% 10% 9.8 times more than OrangeOrange
Protein 11.4g 27% 41% 4 times more than BroccoliBroccoli
Fats 43.84g 67% 4% 1.3 times more than Cheddar CheeseCheddar Cheese
Vitamin C 2mg 2% 36% 26.5 times less than LemonLemon
Net carbs 4.67g N/A 58% 11.6 times less than ChocolateChocolate
Carbs 4.67g 2% 61% 6 times less than RiceRice
Cholesterol 150mg 50% 7% 2.5 times less than EggEgg
Iron 5.5mg 69% 10% 2.1 times more than Beef broiledBeef broiled
Calcium 70mg 7% 28% 1.8 times less than MilkMilk
Potassium 138mg 4% 74% 1.1 times less than CucumberCucumber
Magnesium 13mg 3% 77% 10.8 times less than AlmondAlmond
Fiber 0g 0% 100% N/AOrange
Copper 0.4mg 44% 22% 2.8 times more than ShiitakeShiitake
Zinc 0.92mg 8% 55% 6.9 times less than Beef broiledBeef broiled
Phosphorus 200mg 29% 38% 1.1 times more than Chicken meatChicken meat
Sodium 697mg 30% 12% 1.4 times more than White BreadWhite Bread
Vitamin A 3333IU 67% 12% 5 times less than CarrotCarrot
Vitamin A RAE 1001µg 111% 18%
Selenium 44µg 80% 23%
Manganese 0.12mg 5% 59%
Vitamin B1 0.09mg 7% 53% 3 times less than Pea rawPea raw
Vitamin B2 0.3mg 23% 26% 2.3 times more than AvocadoAvocado
Vitamin B3 2.51mg 16% 54% 3.8 times less than Turkey meatTurkey meat
Vitamin B5 1.2mg 24% 32% 1.1 times more than Sunflower seedSunflower seed
Vitamin B6 0.06mg 5% 75% 2 times less than OatOat
Vitamin B12 9.4µg 392% 15% 13.4 times more than PorkPork
Folate 60µg 15% 32% Equal to Brussels sproutBrussels sprout
Saturated Fat 14.45g 72% 8% 2.5 times more than Beef broiledBeef broiled
Monounsaturated Fat 25.61g N/A 10% 2.6 times more than AvocadoAvocado
Polyunsaturated fat 0.84g N/A 49% 56.2 times less than WalnutWalnut
Tryptophan 0.16mg 0% 70% 1.9 times less than Chicken meatChicken meat
Threonine 0.51mg 0% 73% 1.4 times less than Beef broiledBeef broiled
Isoleucine 0.61mg 0% 72% 1.5 times less than Salmon rawSalmon raw
Leucine 1.03mg 0% 73% 2.4 times less than Tuna BluefinTuna Bluefin
Lysine 0.86mg 0% 72% 1.9 times more than TofuTofu
Methionine 0.27mg 0% 73% 2.8 times more than QuinoaQuinoa
Phenylalanine 0.57mg 0% 73% 1.2 times less than EggEgg
Valine 0.72mg 0% 71% 2.8 times less than Soybean rawSoybean raw
Histidine 0.3mg 0% 74% 2.5 times less than Turkey meatTurkey meat
Omega-3 - EPA 0g N/A 100% N/ASalmon
Omega-3 - DHA 0g N/A 100% N/ASalmon
Omega-3 - DPA 0g N/A 100% N/ASalmon

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NUTRITION FACTS LABEL

Nutrition Facts
___servings per container
Serving Size ______________
Amount Per 100g
Calories 462
% Daily Value*
68%
Total Fat 44g
64%
Saturated Fat 14g
Trans Fat g
50%
Cholesterol 150mg
30%
Sodium 697mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate 5g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Total Sugars g
Includes ? g Added Sugars
Protein 11g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%

Calcium 70mg 7%

Iron 6mg 75%

Potassium 138mg 4%

*
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Health checks

Low in Cholesterol
limit break
 ⓘ Dietary cholesterol is not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease in healthy individuals. However, dietary cholesterol is common in foods that are high in harmful saturated fats.
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No Trans Fats
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 ⓘ Trans fat consumption increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality by negatively affecting blood lipid levels.
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Low in Saturated Fats
limit break
 ⓘ Saturated fat intake can raise total cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels, leading to an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Dietary guidelines recommend limiting saturated fats to under 10% of calories a day.
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Low in Sodium
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 ⓘ Increased sodium consumption leads to elevated blood pressure.
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Low in Sugars
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 ⓘ While the consumption of moderate amounts of added sugars is not detrimental to health, an excessive intake can increase the risk of obesity, and therefore, diabetes.
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Foie gras nutrition infographic

Foie gras nutrition infographic
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References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171100/nutrients

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.