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Table salt nutrition: calories, carbs, GI, protein, fiber, fats

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*all the values are displayed for the amount of 100 grams
Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan by Victoria Mazmanyan | Last updated on September 11, 2023
Medically reviewed by Ani Harutyunyan Article author photo Ani Harutyunyan
Table salt

Carbohydrates in Table Salt

Does salt have carbs?

Table salt has a fascinating nutrient composition.

Unlike other seasonings, table salt contains no carbohydrates, as well as no fats and no protein.

It consists wholly of minerals, mainly sodium, but also calcium, manganese, copper, and others.

Macronutrients chart

Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 50 g
Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 65 g
Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 300 g
Daily Value: 0%
0.2 g of 2,000 g
99.8 g

Calories in Table Salt

As table salt contains no macronutrients, it also provides no calories. Even a 100g serving of table salt contains 0 calories.

Regardless of the calorie content, increased salt intake has been associated with weight gain and obesity (1, 2). This correlation may be because people with higher salt intake often present with worse eating habits.

A sudden rise in sodium intake may also lead to temporary weight gain through water retention in the body (3).

However, in many countries, about 80% of salt in the diet comes not from table salt but instead from processed foods (4).

Comparison to Other Seasonings

The table below shows how different table salt’s calorie content is compared to the calories of popular seasonings and spices.

FoodCalories, per servingCalories, per 100g
Table Salt00
Nutmeg2.6 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)525
Cumin1.9 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)375
Garlic Powder1.7 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)331
Curry Powder1.6 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)325
Paprika1.4 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)282
Black Pepper1.3 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)251


Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: September 11, 2023
Medically reviewed by Ani Harutyunyan

Important nutritional characteristics for Table salt

Table salt
Glycemic index ⓘ Source:
The food is assumed to have 0 or no glycemic index bason on the fact that it has no carbs and that foods with 0 carbs have no glycemic index
Check out our Glycemic index chart page for the full list.
0 (low)
Calories ⓘ Calories per 100-gram serving 0
Net Carbs ⓘ Net Carbs = Total Carbohydrates – Fiber – Sugar Alcohols 0 grams
Serving Size ⓘ Serving sizes are taken from FDA's Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs) 1 tsp (6 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. -0.5 (alkaline)
TOP 1% Sodium ⓘHigher in Sodium content than 99% of foods
TOP 49% Calcium ⓘHigher in Calcium content than 51% of foods
TOP 61% Manganese ⓘHigher in Manganese content than 39% of foods
TOP 75% Net carbs ⓘHigher in Net carbs content than 25% of foods
TOP 83% Iron ⓘHigher in Iron content than 17% of foods

Table salt calories (kcal)

Serving Size Calories Weight
Calories in 100 grams 0
Calories in 1 tsp 0 6 g
Calories in 1 tbsp 0 18 g
Calories in 1 cup 0 292 g
Calories in 1 dash 0 0.4 g

Table salt Glycemic index (GI)

The food is assumed to have 0 or no glycemic index bason on the fact that it has no carbs and that foods with 0 carbs have no glycemic index
Check out our Glycemic index chart page for the full list.

Mineral coverage chart

Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium Choline 8% 13% 1% 0% 1% 5056% 3% 10% 14% 1% 0%
Calcium: 24 mg of 1,000 mg 2%
Iron: 0.33 mg of 8 mg 4%
Magnesium: 1 mg of 420 mg 0%
Phosphorus: 0 mg of 700 mg 0%
Potassium: 8 mg of 3,400 mg 0%
Sodium: 38758 mg of 2,300 mg 1,685%
Zinc: 0.1 mg of 11 mg 1%
Copper: 0.03 mg of 1 mg 3%
Manganese: 0.1 mg of 2 mg 4%
Selenium: 0.1 µg of 55 µg 0%
Choline: 0 mg of 550 mg 0%

Mineral chart - relative view

38758 mg
TOP 1%
24 mg
TOP 49%
0.1 mg
TOP 61%
0.33 mg
TOP 83%
0.03 mg
TOP 89%
0.1 mg
TOP 91%
0.1 µg
TOP 96%
8 mg
TOP 97%
1 mg
TOP 97%
0 mg
TOP 100%
0 mg
TOP 100%

All nutrients for Table salt per 100g

Nutrient Value DV% In TOP % of foods Comparison
Calories 0kcal 0% 100% N/AOrange
Protein 0g 0% 100% N/ABroccoli
Fats 0g 0% 100% N/ACheddar Cheese
Vitamin C 0mg 0% 100% N/ALemon
Net carbs 0g N/A 75% N/AChocolate
Carbs 0g 0% 100% N/ARice
Cholesterol 0mg 0% 100% N/AEgg
Vitamin D 0µg 0% 100% N/AEgg
Iron 0.33mg 4% 83% 7.9 times less than Beef broiledBeef broiled
Calcium 24mg 2% 49% 5.2 times less than MilkMilk
Potassium 8mg 0% 97% 18.4 times less than CucumberCucumber
Magnesium 1mg 0% 97% 140 times less than AlmondAlmond
Sugar 0g N/A 100% N/ACoca-Cola
Fiber 0g 0% 100% N/AOrange
Copper 0.03mg 3% 89% 4.7 times less than ShiitakeShiitake
Zinc 0.1mg 1% 91% 63.1 times less than Beef broiledBeef broiled
Phosphorus 0mg 0% 100% N/AChicken meat
Sodium 38758mg 1685% 1% 79.1 times more than White BreadWhite Bread
Vitamin A 0IU 0% 100% N/ACarrot
Vitamin A RAE 0µg 0% 100%
Vitamin E 0mg 0% 100% N/AKiwifruit
Selenium 0.1µg 0% 96%
Manganese 0.1mg 4% 61%
Vitamin B1 0mg 0% 100% N/APea raw
Vitamin B2 0mg 0% 100% N/AAvocado
Vitamin B3 0mg 0% 100% N/ATurkey meat
Vitamin B5 0mg 0% 100% N/ASunflower seed
Vitamin B6 0mg 0% 100% N/AOat
Vitamin B12 0µg 0% 100% N/APork
Vitamin K 0µg 0% 100% N/ABroccoli
Folate 0µg 0% 100% N/ABrussels sprout
Trans Fat 0g N/A 100% N/AMargarine
Saturated Fat 0g 0% 100% N/ABeef broiled
Monounsaturated Fat 0g N/A 100% N/AAvocado
Polyunsaturated fat 0g N/A 100% N/AWalnut
Tryptophan 0mg 0% 100% N/AChicken meat
Threonine 0mg 0% 100% N/ABeef broiled
Isoleucine 0mg 0% 100% N/ASalmon raw
Leucine 0mg 0% 100% N/ATuna Bluefin
Lysine 0mg 0% 100% N/ATofu
Methionine 0mg 0% 100% N/AQuinoa
Phenylalanine 0mg 0% 100% N/AEgg
Valine 0mg 0% 100% N/ASoybean raw
Histidine 0mg 0% 100% N/ATurkey 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
___servings per container
Serving Size ______________
Amount Per 100g
Calories 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 38,758mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Total Sugars g
Includes ? g Added Sugars
Protein 0g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%

Calcium 24mg 2%

Iron 0mg 0%

Potassium 8mg 0%

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
 ⓘ 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.
No Trans Fats
 ⓘ Trans fat consumption increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality by negatively affecting blood lipid levels.
Low in Saturated Fats
 ⓘ 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.
Low in Sodium
limit break
 ⓘ Increased sodium consumption leads to elevated blood pressure.
Low in Sugars
 ⓘ 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.

Table salt nutrition infographic

Table salt nutrition infographic
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