A 100 gram serving of fried polenta contains 150 calories, 0.68 grams of fat, 31.85 grams of carbohydrates and 3.48 grams of protein. Polenta, with an average serving size of 100 grams, does not contain any cholesterol, and it consists of 75 milligrams of sodium and 66 milligrams of potassium.
The hearty food made from ground corn and grains contains 28 percent of the daily value of vitamin A, 5 percent of the daily value of calcium and 152 percent of the daily value of iron, when 100 grams are consumed.
Cooked polenta provides a healthier option with only 85 calories in a 100 gram serving. Total carbohydrates are reduced to 18.1, and fat is reduced to 0.38 when a 100 gram serving of polenta is cooked. Polenta, both cooked and fried, is a popular dish for vegans and vegetarians because it consists of primarily water and cornmeal. The dish originated in Italy, is relatively easy and inexpensive to prepare, and is known as a filling dish that is high in energy.
Polenta is prepared by cooking the grainy substance with three parts water to one part polenta. The substance is heated and cooked for approximately an hour until the dish is a thick paste. Polenta is served as a healthy side dish, or it can be a light dessert if prepared so the consistency is stiff like a cake.