Carbs in Spices, Seasonings, Flavorings

Carbs in Spices, Seasonings, Flavorings

I use a lot of these. Go ahead, just remember they have a little bit of carbohydrates too.

Most of the information in this post comes from:

I used “net carbs”. The fiber content has already BEEN SUBTRACTED. (fiber is a carbohydrate your body can not break down without the help of bacterial enzymes in your digestive system.)

Spice and Seasonings


I used net carbohydrates in the following spice list. That’s total carbohydrates, minus fiber.

SPICE Net Carbs (Total Carbs minus Fiber)
Spice Teaspoon Tablespoon
pumpkin pie spice 0.88 carbs 3.08 carbs
basil 0.17 carbs 0.45 carbs
bay leaf 0.25 carbs 0.85 carbs
cardamom 0.77 carbs 2.37 carbs
oregano 0.29 carbs 0.44 carbs
tarragon 0.7 carbs 2.01 carbs
thyme 0.4 carbs 1.15 carbs
mustard seed 0.36 carbs 0.97 carbs
allspice 0.97 carbs 3.03 carbs
anise seed 0.75 carbs 2.35 carbs
caraway seed 0.25 carbs 0.84 carbs
celery seed 0.61 carbs 1.89 carbs
chili powder 0.44 carbs 1.18 carbs
cinnamon, ground 0.70 carbs 2.19 carbs
cloves, ground 0.68 carbs 2.06 carbs
cumin seed 0.73 carbs 2.05 carbs
curry powder 0.02 carbs 0.12 carbs
garlic powder 1.95 carbs 6.15 carbs
ginger, ground 0.99 carbs 3.02 carbs
marjoram, dried 0.16 carbs 0.33 carbs
nutmeg 0.58 carbs 1.95 carbs
onion powder 1.50 carbs 4.46 carbs
paprika 0.44 carbs 1.27 carbs
sage 0.13 carbs 0.41 carbs
rosemary 0.27 carbs 0.71 carbs
turmeric 1.31 carbs 4.21 carbs


 Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened


Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 gram Net Carb per Tablespoon



type teaspoon tablespoon cup
Vinegar, balsamic 0.90 carbs 2.72 carbs 43.43 carbs
Vinegar, red wine 0.01 carbs 0.04 carbs 0.65 carbs
Vinegar, cider 0.05 carbs 0.14 carbs 2.22 carbs
Vinegar, distilled 0.00 carbs 0.01 carbs 0.10 carbs

 Lemon Juice


Lemon Juice
1.0 for a tablespoon 2.0 for two tablespoons

 Bouillon Cube


Bouillon Cube
2.34 g for one cube

Soy Sauce

Not a good choice for everyday, because many are made from wheat


Soy Sauce
1.0 for a tablespoon 0.33 for teaspoon

Vanilla Extract


Vanilla Extract
0.53 for a teaspoon 1.64 for tablespoons


Processed Meats
Bacon Sausage Lunch Meat Hot Dogs
slice patty slice each
0.36 carbs 0.38 carbs 1 carbs 1 carbs



Egg Size
Extra Large Large Medium Small
56 g 50 g 44 g 38 g
0.40 carbs 0.36 carbs 0.32 carbs 0.27 carbs



Hard Cheese
0.4 g for an ounce


Cream Cheese
1.1 g for an ounce

Sour Cream

Sour Cream
0.4 for a tablespoon 0.8 for two tablespoons

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  • S Varadarasan says:

    Can I be clarified on the following points.

    The stored energy source like fat, protein, glycogen is converted into sugars and insulin is needed to ‘deliver’ these sugars to the cells. ( as I understood ). Then with high fat food, the stored fat is used as energy without the help of insulin ?

    • Ina says:

      Yes, when the glycogen is depleted as a consequence of not consuming carbohydrates, the body creates ketones, which make the cells release the fat to be used as energy. This is actually why he fat is stored in the first place, to be used as for energy when there are no other sources available, such as carbohydrates or protein, which can also be converted to glycogen, in the absence of carbohydrates. Practically, the body goes first for the carbs, when the last carb reserves (there is a glycogen reserve stored in the liver) is depleted, the body breaks down some of the protein and turns it to glycogen, and if there isn’t any spare protein, then you are in the state of ketosis – the body produces ketones and they “tell” the cells to release the fat and convert it to energy. Voila.

    • Ina says:

      I forgot to add that in the state of ketosis, the fat in your food will also be converted to energy by ketones. So, in the case of not keeping a calorie deficit, only that nutritional fat will be burned, and ketones will not tap into the stored fat until you burn more energy than you take in through your food/eat somewhat less than your caloric needs.This being true for all weight-loss diets.
      Besides that, fat can still be stored if there is a surplus of calories. And it takes some time (weeks to months) for the body to learn how to use those ketones to burn fat: keto-adaptation.

  • Jacob W. says:

    I’m having a little trouble understanding how curry powder has significantly less carbs than things like cumin, turmeric, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon, when curry powder typically contains all of these ingredients. I’m not trying to be a jerk, but I didn’t know if it was some kind of mistake.

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  • Tina says:

    How come my package of onion powder says zero carbs?

  • Rose Jafari says:

    The government allows businesses to declare 0 carbs if it’s less than 1.

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