Nutritional Information for Asparagus

Component 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
Calories 8 16
Protein 1.33 g 2.65 g
Carbohydrate 0.86 g 1.73 g
Dietary Fiber 0.7 g 1.4 g
Sugars 0.14 g 0.29 g
Total Fat 0.19 g 0.38 g
Saturated Fat 0.05 g 0.09 g
Trans Fat 0 g 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 mg
Iron 0.25 mg 0.50 mg
Calcium 8 mg 16 mg
Sodium 1 mg 3 mg
Magnesium 4 mg 9 mg
Potassium 77 mg 155 mg
Vitamin A 363 IU 725 IU
Vitamin A 18 RAE 36 RAE
Vitamin C 11.0 mg 22.0 mg
Vitamin E 0.54 mg 1.08 mg

The chart to the right shows the USDA determined nutritional information for 1/4 and 1/2 cups of Asparagus (45 grams).

The chart reveals asparagus to be very low in fat, cholesterol, trans-fat and other items that are considered detrimental to health if consumed in large quantities. The best method for determining how much food is being consumed is to use a kitchen scale. What the USDA chart does not show is that asparagus also contains vitamin K, folic acid, tryptophan, copper, manganese, and more. We explore the many health benefits of asparagus on a separate page.

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The USDA recommends asparagus as a healthy vegetable. It can become a regular part of the diet. However, the government organization also recommends that a variety of fruits and vegetables be consumed for best results.

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