Bay leaf is used in various cooking mainly for flavour. They are used in numerous savoury dishes, stews, desserts, soups and several other dishes. These are fresh or dried leaves that add a sharp aroma and essence to the dishes.
Bay leaves can be used as whole or crumbled to the food items. 1-tsp. crumbled bay leaves that weighs only 0.6 gram contains almost 2 calories. Out of these 2 calories, 0.5 calories come from fat while 0.2 calories come from protein. Within that amount, these leaves contain a total of 0.45 g carbohydrates; dietary fibre is available in 0.2 gram whereas proteins and fats come in 0.05 grams respectively. The remaining components of bay leaves are water and several other nutrients. Vitamins and minerals are available in small amount in bay leaves. Vitamin A is obtained in 25 mg along with small traces of thiamine, vitamin B6, C, niacin, folate and riboflavin. Iron combines a total of 2.6 %, magnesium content is 1 mg and calcium content is 5 mg in this amount of crumbled bay leaves. Phosphorus, potassium and zinc are also available in very less amount. All these values are based on a person’s 2,000-calorie daily diet.
Now if you take 2 whole bay leaves, they do not contain any calorie. These whole bay leaves also do not possess any amount of carbohydrate or cholesterol or sodium. The total fat count including saturated fat and Tran’s fat in these whole bay leaves are nil. They also do not bear any traces of proteins, minerals or vitamins.
Bay leaves saut manufactured by Candoni contains a total of 120 calories. The entire calories come from fat. Within that amount, 22% of calorie comes from fat and 8% of calorie comes from saturated fat. It contains a total of 14 grams of fat out of which saturated fat comes in 1.5 grams.