Although the total calorie count will vary depending on the size of the pickle, a typical 4 inch long pickle contains 16 calories. Of those 16 calories, two are from fat.
Although cucumbers, which are what pickles come from, are one of the healthiest foods that a person can eat when on a diet, pickles are not. Because of the preservation process for making pickles, these small gherkins are extremely high in sodium. A typical pickle contains 1,181 milligrams of sodium, which is 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance for a person's diet. However, pickles do have some nutritional value, including providing 5 percent of the required daily amount of Vitamin A and 6 percent of the necessary amount of calcium. Pickles are also a good source of fiber.