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

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How are Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) and Kanpyo different?

  • Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is higher in Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, and Vitamin B6, however, Kanpyo is richer in Zinc, Vitamin B5, Iron, Potassium, Manganese, Copper, and Calcium.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin C from Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is 98% higher.
  • Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) contains 8 times more Vitamin B2 than Kanpyo. While Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) contains 0.362mg of Vitamin B2, Kanpyo contains only 0.044mg.

Balsam-pear (bitter gourd), leafy tips, raw and Kanpyo, (dried gourd strips) are the varieties used in this article.

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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 less Sodium -26.7%
Contains more Calcium +233.3%
Contains more Iron +151%
Contains more Magnesium +47.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +89.9%
Contains more Potassium +160.2%
Contains more Zinc +1853.3%
Contains more Copper +115.4%
Contains more Manganese +112.1%
Contains more Selenium +188.9%
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 85% 192% 90% 81% 140% 2% 160% 145% 149% 15%
Contains less Sodium -26.7%
Contains more Calcium +233.3%
Contains more Iron +151%
Contains more Magnesium +47.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +89.9%
Contains more Potassium +160.2%
Contains more Zinc +1853.3%
Contains more Copper +115.4%
Contains more Manganese +112.1%
Contains more Selenium +188.9%

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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Kanpyo
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +43900%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +722.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +50.9%
Contains more Folate +109.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +161.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +3952.4%
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 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 11% 55% 154% 123% 46% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +43900%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +722.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +50.9%
Contains more Folate +109.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +161.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +3952.4%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +23.2%
Contains more Water +346.9%
Contains more Protein +61.9%
Contains more Carbs +1876.6%
Contains more Other +298.6%
5% 3% 89%
Protein: 5.3 g
Fats: 0.69 g
Carbs: 3.29 g
Water: 89.25 g
Other: 1.47 g
9% 65% 20% 6%
Protein: 8.58 g
Fats: 0.56 g
Carbs: 65.03 g
Water: 19.97 g
Other: 5.86 g
Contains more Fats +23.2%
Contains more Water +346.9%
Contains more Protein +61.9%
Contains more Carbs +1876.6%
Contains more Other +298.6%

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) Kanpyo
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Lower in price Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) Kanpyo Opinion
Net carbs 3.29g 55.23g Kanpyo
Protein 5.3g 8.58g Kanpyo
Fats 0.69g 0.56g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Carbs 3.29g 65.03g Kanpyo
Calories 30kcal 258kcal Kanpyo
Fiber 9.8g Kanpyo
Calcium 84mg 280mg Kanpyo
Iron 2.04mg 5.12mg Kanpyo
Magnesium 85mg 125mg Kanpyo
Phosphorus 99mg 188mg Kanpyo
Potassium 608mg 1582mg Kanpyo
Sodium 11mg 15mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Zinc 0.3mg 5.86mg Kanpyo
Copper 0.201mg 0.433mg Kanpyo
Manganese 0.536mg 1.137mg Kanpyo
Selenium 0.9µg 2.6µg Kanpyo
Vitamin A 1734IU 0IU Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin A RAE 87µg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin C 88mg 0.2mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B1 0.181mg 0mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B2 0.362mg 0.044mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B3 1.11mg 2.9mg Kanpyo
Vitamin B5 0.063mg 2.553mg Kanpyo
Vitamin B6 0.803mg 0.532mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Folate 128µg 61µg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Saturated Fat 0.045g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Monounsaturated Fat 0.103g Kanpyo
Polyunsaturated fat 0.244g Kanpyo

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) Kanpyo
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet Equal

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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)
30%
Kanpyo
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
41%
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
105%
Kanpyo

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Kanpyo
Kanpyo is relatively richer in minerals
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 - 4mg)
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 - 0.045g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes ()
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($)

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. Kanpyo - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169241/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.