Hearts of Palm Nutrition Facts

Calories in Hearts of Palm and Its Health Benefits

Hearts of Palm
Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman

Hearts of palm are tender, white cylinders that have a mild flavor similar to artichokes. They’re often found in salads but can also be cooked and served as a side dish. Hearts of palm are low in calories and a good source of vitamins, easy to find in grocery stores, and can be added to any healthy, balanced diet.

Nutrition Facts

The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA for 1 cup (146g) of canned hearts of palm.

  • Calories: 40
  • Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 620mg
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 4g

Hearts of palm serving sizes vary from brand to brand, but on average, one cup of canned hearts contains 41 calories, 1 gram of fat, 4 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein. It is also a good source of potassium, copper, Vitamin B6, and zinc.

It's important to note that fresh versus canned hearts of palm will vary in nutrition. Canned will have more sodium than raw hearts of palm, which have almost no sodium.

Health Benefits of Hearts of Palm

Hearts of palm are low in calories so they make a good addition to any weight loss diet. Fresh hearts of palm are good for a heart-healthy diet because they’re very low in fat, have no cholesterol, and are low in sodium.

Common Questions About Hearts of Palm

What exactly is a heart of palm?

Hearts of palm are essentially the inner core of some types of palm trees. The tops of the stems are harvested and the outer fibers layers are removed until the soft inner core is left.

Are they related to artichoke hearts?

Artichoke hearts and hearts of palm are from two different plants, although they can often be used in similar ways. Some people feel that hearts of palm have a similar flavor to artichokes, and sliced hearts of palm are about the same size as artichoke hearts, so it's easy to get them confused.

Where do hearts of palm come from?

In the past, most of the hearts of palm found in the United States were imported from Brazil, but these days, most of them come from Costa Rica. Hearts of palm are also grown in other Latin American countries and parts of Asia. 

Is heart of palm a fruit or a vegetable?

It’s considered a vegetable, similar to asparagus.

Picking and Storing Hearts of Palm

Hearts of palm are commonly found year-round in the vegetable aisle of your grocery store, usually in cans or jars. They’re either cut into small pieces or in longer stalk-like shapes. You might be able to find fresh hearts of palm in the produce section as well. Look for hearts of palm that are unblemished and slightly soft, but still firm to the touch.

Canned hearts of palm can be stored for an extended period of time in your cabinets or pantry until you’re ready to use them, but keep any leftovers in the refrigerator. Fresh hearts of palm should be refrigerated as soon as you get home from the grocery store. They’ll keep for a week or two.

Healthy Ways to Prepare Hearts of Palm

Raw hearts of palm can be sliced into bite-size pieces and added to a bed of salad greens. Top with a light citrus vinaigrette or oil and lemon juice. Hearts of palm can also be baked or even pan-fried and served as a side dish or eaten raw as a simple low-calorie snack.

Hearts of Palm Recipes

These recipes all feature hearts of palm and include other healthful ingredients.

A Word From Verywell

Adding hearts of palm to your balanced diet is a great way to add good nutrition without adding many calories. They're tender enough to be eaten raw so they’re perfect for salads. Fresh hearts of palm may be best, but if you can only find canned hearts, be sure to look for varieties with less sodium or give them a good rinse to reduce the sodium content.

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