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Q: calorie content of fennel seeds ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: calorie content of fennel seeds
Category: Health > Fitness and Nutrition
Asked by: inga-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 05 Oct 2002 15:07 PDT
Expires: 04 Nov 2002 14:07 PST
Question ID: 72987
I need to know how many calories does 1 gram of fennel seed contain
Subject: Re: calorie content of fennel seeds
Answered By: bethc-ga on 05 Oct 2002 16:29 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi inga-ga,

As I began to research your question, I first found the website of the
well-known herb and spice company McCormick. They offer the following
information on fennel seed, with nutritional analysis as required by

“Fennel Seed, with its slight licorice flavor, comes from India and
has been used for centuries. Called the "meetin' seed" by the
Puritans, it was nibbled at church services.”

With this nutritional analysis:

Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving  
Calories: 0.0
Fat: 0.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Protein: 0.0 g
Carbohydrates: 0.0 g
Sodium: 0.0 mg

From this it would appear that fennel seed is devoid of any
nutritional value. I decided to continue searching, to either
corroborate or refute this.


I then checked the website for Durkee, another well known herb and
spice purveyor. Their website corroborates the information. Their
label information contains some additional detail.

Amount per Serving
Serving Size: 1/4 TSP (0.6 g)
Calories: 0 
Calories from Fat: 0 
Total Fat: 0 g 
Saturated Fat: 0 g 
Cholesterol: 0 mg 
Sodium: 0 mg 
Total Carbohydrate: 0g 
Dietary Fiber: 0 g 
Sugars: 0 g 
Protein: 0 g 
Vitamin A: 0% 
Vitamin C: 0% 
Calcium: 0 % 
Iron: 0 %


The measurement used to calculate this information is one quarter
teaspoon, or .6 gram. So no matter how you measure it, fennel seed
appears to contain nothing whatsoever in the way of calories. A good
deal of additional information on fennel seed is available here.


Some additional information on the uses and benefits of fennel seed
can be found here:
Wilderness Family Naturals

I hope this will be helpful to you, inga-ga, and should you require
any additional information on any of the above, please do not hesitate
to request a clarification.



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Clarification of Answer by bethc-ga on 06 Oct 2002 10:43 PDT
Hi inga,

Just some additional information on food labeling. The labeling of
food in the United States is regulated by the US Food and Drug
Administration. Generally, foods considered spices are exempt from the
regulations governing nutritional labeling, but if the supplier
chooses to include nutritional information, the label must comply with
the law. Here is an excerpt from the FDA Food Labeling Guide:

“Below are listed categories providing exemptions or special
provisions for nutrition labeling. A food package loses those
exemptions, which are asterisked, if a nutrition claim is made or
nutrition information is provided:”

“*Foods that provide no significant nutrition such as instant coffee
(plain, unsweetened) and most spices     21 CFR 101.9(j)(4)”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
A Food Labeling Guide
Chapter V--Nutrition Labeling
September, 1994 (Editorial revisions June, 1999)

The labeling regulations went into effect in 1994. From the U.S.
Department of Health & Human Services:

“It may not have the power of a Pulitzer prize-winning novel or the
luridness of a checkout counter tabloid, but the new food label still
promises to make for good reading.

“New regulations from FDA and the Food Safety and Inspection Service
(FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture see to that. They ensure

*  nutrition information will appear in the labeling of almost all
*  labels will provide information on how the food fits into an
overall daily diet
*  labels will include information on the amount per serving of
saturated fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, and other nutrients of
health concern to today's consumers
*  terms used to describe a food's nutrient content--"light,"
"fat-free," and "low-calorie," for example--will meet government
definitions so that they mean the same for any product on which they
*  health claims about the relationship between a nutrient or food and
a disease that are supported by scientific evidence will be allowed
for the first time
*  serving sizes:
  -  are more consistent across product lines to make comparison
shopping easier
  -  are expressed in common household and metric measures
  -  better reflect the amounts people really eat.”

“Nutrition Panel”
“A revised list of nutrients--selected because of their relationship
to current health concerns--will appear on the nutrition panel. Some
of the nutrients are carryovers from the previous label: calories,
total fat, total carbohydrate, protein, sodium, vitamins A and C,
calcium, and iron. The new ones are calories from fat, saturated fat,
cholesterol, sugars, and dietary fiber. No longer required are
thiamin, riboflavin and niacin because deficiencies of these vitamins
are no longer considered significant public health problems. However,
manufacturers may list these and other nutrients if they choose,
subject to certain conditions.

“Serving sizes specified on labels now will be more uniform across all
product lines so that consumers can more easily compare the
nutritional qualities of similar products. They also will be closer to
the amounts people actually eat.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA Consumer
May 1993

As always, should you require any clarification of any of the above,
please do not hesitate to ask.


Search criteria:
US food labeling requirements

Clarification of Answer by bethc-ga on 08 Oct 2002 17:43 PDT
Thank you, inga, for the rating and the kind words. I'm glad that you
found the answer helpful.

inga-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you; comments very helpful--once again!

Subject: Re: calorie content of fennel seeds
From: tehuti-ga on 05 Oct 2002 19:15 PDT
I'm afraid I have to disagree.  I can see the point of view of the
spice companies, that a tiny quantity of the seeds, as used to flavour
a dish, will contain negligible calories.  However, against that, you
need to place the fact that a seed contains a collection of
concentrated nutrients to help a new plant get started, and therefore
can be expected to contain vital nutrients.

Looking at pumpkin seeds 1 oz/25g = 155 calories

Sunflower seeds sunflower seeds (1 oz.) Calories 175 

Linseed 25 g = c. 130 calories

Therefore, it is safe to assume that fennel seed lies somewhere within
these boundaries, ie 1 gram is probably 4-7 calories.

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