Croissant Nutrition Facts

Calories in Croissants and Health Benefits

Croissant nutrition facts
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If you love croissants, you may find it difficult to include them in a diet-friendly eating plan. The popular baked good is relatively high in calories and because they are made with butter, they they also provide saturated fat. But you can eat croissants and still lose weight, as long as you follow a few smart eating tips.

Croissant Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving (100 g)
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 231 
Calories from Fat 63 
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6g 
Monounsaturated Fat 3.1g 
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 266mg11%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g6%
Sugars 6g 
Protein 4.7g 
Vitamin A 8% ·
Calcium 2% · Iron 6%
*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

The calories in a croissant will depend on the croissant size. Other nutrition data for the baked good will vary as well. The data listed on the label here is for a medium or standard croissant. Here's how different sizes compare.

  • Mini croissant: 114 calories, 2 grams protein, 13 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 6 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat
  • Small croissant: 171 calories, 3 grams protein, 19 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 9 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat
  • Large croissant: 272 calories, 5 grams protein, 31 grams carbohydrate, 2 gram fiber, 14 grams fat, 8 grams saturated fat

But what about different brands of croissants? Many budget-savvy shoppers buy Costco croissants. Kirkland Signature Butter Croissants are quite large. The provide 339 calories, 17 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 36 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein.

Flavored croissants are also popular.

But adding another savory or sweet ingredient to the baked good can increase calories and decrease nutrition.

  • A small cheese croissant, provides 174 calories, 4 grams protein, 20 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram of fiber, 9 grams fat, and 4 grams saturated fat.
  • A typical chocolate croissant contains 240 calories, 4 grams protein, 28 grams carbohydrate, 2 gram of fiber, 13 grams fat, and 7 grams saturated fat
  • A fruit croissant is likely to provide 226 calories, 4 grams protein, 27 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 11 grams of fat and 6 grams of saturated fat.

And of course if you add a topping to your croissant you'll increase the fat and calories as well. If you spread on butter, you're likely to add about 100 calories and 11 grams of fat and 7 grams of saturated fat.  A single serving of cream cheese will increase the calorie count by 35 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 2.2 grams of saturated fat.

Are Croissants Healthy?

You can include croissants in a healthy diet plan, but croissants themselves don't provide a lot of nutritional value. In fact, some diet experts would say that the baked good is a source of "empty calories." Empty calorie foods provide energy primarily in the form of added sugar and unhealthy solid fats such as saturated fat or trans fat. Many empty calorie foods also provide high levels of sodium.

If you love croissants and you want to include them in your weight loss diet plan or healthy eating program, make portion size a priority.

Skip the oversized varieties and choose a small croissant instead. You can also cut your serving in half.

Then top your treat with fresh fruit instead of jam or jelly to cut the sugar calories. And skip the butter altogether. Croissants are already baked with butter, so you get the creamy taste without adding the spread.

Lastly, have your small croissant with a lean source of protein. Protein helps you to feel full so that you don't get hungry right away after eating.

Storing Croissants

Croissants don't stay fresh very long. Like most baked goods, it is generally not recommended that you refrigerate them as it will change the texture. But a croissant will last longer (up to a week) when chilled.

If you store the croissant on your kitchen countertop or pantry, wrap it loosely to help preserve freshness and texture. It should stay fresh for up to two days.

Can you freeze a croissant? You can, but thawing them can be tricky. If you microwave a frozen croissant, it is likely to get moist and soggy. It's best to thaw them on the counter top and then warm them in the oven.

A Healthier Way to Prepare Croissants

If you are handy in the kitchen and want to prepare a healthy croissant, consider baking your own whole wheat croissant. They take a bit of time and the calorie count will be about the same as a regular croissant, but you'll get a little bit of fiber to boost satiety and health.

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