Paella is a rice-based dish that often includes a variety of meats, such as sausage. However, seafood paella offers leaner protein sources, and tends to be lower in fat and calories. Still, this is not a low calorie food, so check nutrition facts carefully if you're dieting.
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The nutrition information provided by online food database MyFitnessPal shows a 1.5 cup serving of seafood paella contains 409 calories. If you base your diet on the suggest intake of 2,000 calories per day, then this serving provides more than 20 percent of your daily calories. The calorie expenditure information at Nutristrategy notes it would take more than an hour of aerobics to burn off the calories in 1.5 cups of seafood paella.
The nutrition facts at MyFitnessPal note that 1.5 cups of seafood paella contain 7 g of fat. Of this fat, 1 g comes from saturated fat. MayoClinic.com explains that unsaturated fat is healthy, and may aid in reducing your cholesterol levels.
Seafood paella is rich in carbohydrates, according to MyFitnessPal. The website notes that each 1.5 cup serving contains 59 g of carbohydrates. Of these carbohydrates, 10 g come from fiber, a nutrient that helps you feel full.
Due to the seafood, this dish is rich in protein. According to MyFitnessPal, a 1.5-cup serving of seafood paella contains 29 g of protein.