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Table salt nutrition, glycemic index, calories, net carbs & more

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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 February 03, 2022
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
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

100%
Protein:
Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 50 g
0%
Fats:
Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 65 g
0%
Carbs:
Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 300 g
0%
Water:
Daily Value: 0%
0.2 g of 2,000 g
0%
Other:
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 due to the fact that 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

In the table below, we can see how different table salt’s calorie content is compared to the calories of popular seasonings and spices.

Food

Calories, per serving

Calories, per 100g

Table Salt

0

0

Nutmeg

2.6 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)

525

Cumin

1.9 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)

375

Garlic Powder

1.7 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)

331

Curry Powder

1.6 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)

325

Paprika

1.4 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)

282

Black Pepper

1.3 (0.25tsp or 0.5g)

251

References

  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263515478
  2. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/abs/E0EA07983B68910F0485160F08858C2E
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28414294/
  4. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/salt-reduction
Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: February 03, 2022

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)
Insulin index ⓘ
N/A
Calories
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 dash (0.4 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)
99% Sodium
51% Calcium
39% Manganese
25% Net carbs
17% Iron
Explanation: The given food contains more Sodium than 99% of foods. Note that this food itself is richer in Sodium than it is in any other nutrient. Similarly, it is relatively rich in Calcium, Manganese, Net carbs, and Iron.

Table salt Glycemic index (GI)

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

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

Sodium
38758 mg
TOP 1%
Calcium
24 mg
TOP 49%
Manganese
0.1 mg
TOP 61%
Iron
0.33 mg
TOP 83%
Copper
0.03 mg
TOP 89%
Zinc
0.1 mg
TOP 91%
Selenium
0.1 µg
TOP 96%
Potassium
8 mg
TOP 97%
Magnesium
1 mg
TOP 97%
Phosphorus
0 mg
TOP 100%
Choline
0 mg
TOP 100%

All nutrients for Table salt per 100g

Nutrient DV% In TOP % of foods Value Comparison
Net carbs N/A 75% 0g N/A Chocolate
Protein 0% 100% 0g N/A Broccoli
Fats 0% 100% 0g N/A Cheese
Carbs 0% 100% 0g N/A Rice
Calories 0% 100% 0kcal N/A Orange
Sugar N/A 100% 0g N/A Coca-Cola
Fiber 0% 100% 0g N/A Orange
Calcium 2% 49% 24mg 5.2 times less than Milk Milk
Iron 4% 83% 0.33mg 7.9 times less than Beef Beef
Magnesium 0% 97% 1mg 140 times less than Almond Almond
Phosphorus 0% 100% 0mg N/A Chicken meat
Potassium 0% 97% 8mg 18.4 times less than Cucumber Cucumber
Sodium 1685% 1% 38758mg 79.1 times more than White Bread White Bread
Zinc 1% 91% 0.1mg 63.1 times less than Beef Beef
Copper 3% 89% 0.03mg 4.7 times less than Shiitake Shiitake
Vitamin A 0% 100% 0IU N/A Carrot
Vitamin E 0% 100% 0mg N/A Kiwifruit
Vitamin D 0% 100% 0µg N/A Egg
Vitamin C 0% 100% 0mg N/A Lemon
Vitamin B1 0% 100% 0mg N/A Pea
Vitamin B2 0% 100% 0mg N/A Avocado
Vitamin B3 0% 100% 0mg N/A Turkey meat
Vitamin B5 0% 100% 0mg N/A Sunflower seed
Vitamin B6 0% 100% 0mg N/A Oat
Folate 0% 100% 0µg N/A Brussels sprout
Vitamin B12 0% 100% 0µg N/A Pork
Vitamin K 0% 100% 0µg N/A Broccoli
Tryptophan 0% 100% 0mg N/A Chicken meat
Threonine 0% 100% 0mg N/A Beef
Isoleucine 0% 100% 0mg N/A Salmon
Leucine 0% 100% 0mg N/A Tuna
Lysine 0% 100% 0mg N/A Tofu
Methionine 0% 100% 0mg N/A Quinoa
Phenylalanine 0% 100% 0mg N/A Egg
Valine 0% 100% 0mg N/A Soybean
Histidine 0% 100% 0mg N/A Turkey meat
Cholesterol 0% 100% 0mg N/A Egg
Trans Fat N/A 100% 0g N/A Margarine
Saturated Fat 0% 100% 0g N/A Beef
Monounsaturated Fat N/A 100% 0g N/A Avocado
Polyunsaturated fat N/A 100% 0g N/A Walnut

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NUTRITION FACTS LABEL

Nutrition Facts
___servings per container
Serving Size ______________
Amount Per 100g
Calories 0
% Daily Value*
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
2%
Sodium 38,758mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g
0%
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
ok
 ⓘ 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.
Source
No Trans Fats
ok
 ⓘ Trans fat consumption increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality by negatively affecting blood lipid levels.
Source
Low in Saturated Fats
ok
 ⓘ 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.
Source
Low in Sodium
limit break
 ⓘ Increased sodium consumption leads to elevated blood pressure.
Source
Low in Sugars
ok
 ⓘ 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.
Source

Table salt nutrition infographic

Table salt nutrition infographic
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References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article and glycemic index text the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. 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/173468/nutrients

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