Saffron Nutrition

Saffron is most valuable and expensive spice in the world and it is due to its color, flavor, medicinal properties and nutrition facts.

Saffron is native of Iran which still produce more than 90% of total world production and is well know by it’s quality, but today is also cultivated in Greece, Spain and India as well.

Saffron is highly nutritious and contains many vitamins and minerals that is required by the human body. Attached table is comprehensive saffron nutritious profile of saffron.

Saffron has distinct flavor that come from it’s chemical compounds such as picrocrocin and Safranal. it also contains a natural carotenoid chemical compound, crocin which gives saffron its reddish yellow color.

 

 

Saffron Nutrition Profile
 Nutrient Unit Value per 100 g 1 tsp = 0.7g
Water g 11.9 0.08
Energy kcal 310 2
Protein g 11.43 0.08
Total lipid (fat) g 5.85 0.04
Carbohydrate, by difference g 65.37 0.46
Fiber, total dietary g 3.9 0
Minerals
Calcium, Ca mg 111 1
Iron, Fe mg 11.1 0.08
Magnesium, Mg mg 264 2
Phosphorus, P mg 252 2
Potassium, K mg 1724 12
Sodium, Na mg 148 1
Zinc, Zn mg 1.09 0.01
Vitamins
Vitamin C mg 80.8 0.6
Thiamin mg 0.115 0.001
Riboflavin mg 0.267 0.002
Niacin mg 1.46 0.01
Vitamin B-6 mg 1.01 0.007
Folate, DFE µg 93 1
Vitamin B-12 µg 0 0
Vitamin A, RAE µg 27 0
Vitamin A, IU IU 530 4
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) µg 0 0
Vitamin D IU 0 0
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated g 1.586 0.011
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.429 0.003
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 2.067 0.014
Fatty acids, total trans g 0 0
Cholesterol mg 0 0
Other
Caffeine mg 0       0

 

*Reference: USDA (United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)

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