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Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) vs. Carrot — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) and Carrot?

  • Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is richer in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B2, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, and Vitamin B1, yet Carrot is richer in Vitamin A RAE.
  • Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)'s daily need coverage for Vitamin C is 91% higher.
  • Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) has 7 times more Magnesium than Carrot. Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) has 85mg of Magnesium, while Carrot has 12mg.

We used Balsam-pear (bitter gourd), leafy tips, raw and Carrots, raw types in this comparison.

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Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) vs Carrot infographic
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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Calcium +154.5%
Contains more Iron +580%
Contains more Magnesium +608.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +182.9%
Contains more Potassium +90%
Contains less Sodium -84.1%
Contains more Zinc +25%
Contains more Copper +346.7%
Contains more Manganese +274.8%
Contains more Selenium +800%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 26% 77% 61% 43% 54% 2% 9% 67% 70% 5%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 10% 12% 9% 15% 29% 9% 7% 15% 19% 1%
Contains more Calcium +154.5%
Contains more Iron +580%
Contains more Magnesium +608.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +182.9%
Contains more Potassium +90%
Contains less Sodium -84.1%
Contains more Zinc +25%
Contains more Copper +346.7%
Contains more Manganese +274.8%
Contains more Selenium +800%

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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Carrot
Contains more Vitamin C +1391.5%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +174.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +524.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +12.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +481.9%
Contains more Folate +573.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +863.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +333.3%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 105% 0% 0% 294% 46% 84% 21% 4% 186% 96% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 1003% 14% 0% 20% 17% 14% 19% 17% 32% 15% 0% 5% 33%
Contains more Vitamin C +1391.5%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +174.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +524.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +12.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +481.9%
Contains more Folate +573.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +863.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +333.3%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +469.9%
Contains more Fats +187.5%
Contains more Other +53.1%
Contains more Carbs +191.2%
Equal in Water - 88.29
5% 3% 89%
Protein: 5.3 g
Fats: 0.69 g
Carbs: 3.29 g
Water: 89.25 g
Other: 1.47 g
10% 88%
Protein: 0.93 g
Fats: 0.24 g
Carbs: 9.58 g
Water: 88.29 g
Other: 0.96 g
Contains more Protein +469.9%
Contains more Fats +187.5%
Contains more Other +53.1%
Contains more Carbs +191.2%
Equal in Water - 88.29

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) Carrot
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) Carrot Opinion
Net carbs 3.29g 6.78g Carrot
Protein 5.3g 0.93g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Fats 0.69g 0.24g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Carbs 3.29g 9.58g Carrot
Calories 30kcal 41kcal Carrot
Starch 1.43g Carrot
Fructose 0.55g Carrot
Sugar 4.74g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Fiber 2.8g Carrot
Calcium 84mg 33mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Iron 2.04mg 0.3mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Magnesium 85mg 12mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Phosphorus 99mg 35mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Potassium 608mg 320mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Sodium 11mg 69mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Zinc 0.3mg 0.24mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Copper 0.201mg 0.045mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Manganese 0.536mg 0.143mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Selenium 0.9µg 0.1µg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin A 1734IU 16706IU Carrot
Vitamin A RAE 87µg 835µg Carrot
Vitamin E 0.66mg Carrot
Vitamin C 88mg 5.9mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B1 0.181mg 0.066mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B2 0.362mg 0.058mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B3 1.11mg 0.983mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B5 0.063mg 0.273mg Carrot
Vitamin B6 0.803mg 0.138mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Folate 128µg 19µg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Choline 8.8mg Carrot
Vitamin K 13.2µg Carrot
Tryptophan 0.012mg Carrot
Threonine 0.191mg Carrot
Isoleucine 0.077mg Carrot
Leucine 0.102mg Carrot
Lysine 0.101mg Carrot
Methionine 0.02mg Carrot
Phenylalanine 0.061mg Carrot
Valine 0.069mg Carrot
Histidine 0.04mg Carrot
Saturated Fat 0.037g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Monounsaturated Fat 0.014g Carrot
Polyunsaturated fat 0.117g Carrot

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) Carrot
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
64%
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
91%
Carrot
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
41%
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
12%
Carrot

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is lower in Sugar (difference - 4.74g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) contains less Sodium (difference - 58mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.037g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is lower in glycemic index (difference - 39)
Which food is cheaper?
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is cheaper (difference - $0.4)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168391/nutrients
  2. Carrot - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170393/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.