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

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

  • Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is richer in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin A RAE, yet Mexican tea is richer in Manganese, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc.
  • Mexican tea's daily need coverage for Manganese is 111% higher.
  • Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) has 29 times more Vitamin A RAE than Mexican tea. Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) has 87µg of Vitamin A RAE, while Mexican tea has 3µg.

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

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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 Phosphorus +15.1%
Contains less Sodium -74.4%
Contains more Calcium +227.4%
Contains more Magnesium +42.4%
Contains more Zinc +266.7%
Contains more Manganese +478%
Equal in Iron - 1.88
Equal in Potassium - 633
Equal in Copper - 0.19
Equal in Selenium - 0.9
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 83% 71% 87% 37% 56% 6% 30% 64% 405% 5%
Contains more Phosphorus +15.1%
Contains less Sodium -74.4%
Contains more Calcium +227.4%
Contains more Magnesium +42.4%
Contains more Zinc +266.7%
Contains more Manganese +478%
Equal in Iron - 1.88
Equal in Potassium - 633
Equal in Copper - 0.19
Equal in Selenium - 0.9

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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Contains more Vitamin A +2942.1%
Contains more Vitamin C +2344.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +546.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +73.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +428.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +184.1%
Contains more Folate +68%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.348
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 4% 0% 0% 12% 7% 81% 12% 11% 36% 162% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +2942.1%
Contains more Vitamin C +2344.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +546.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +73.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +428.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +184.1%
Contains more Folate +68%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.348

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +1506.1%
Contains more Fats +32.7%
Contains more Carbs +126.1%
Contains more Other +70.1%
Equal in Water - 89.21
5% 3% 89%
Protein: 5.3 g
Fats: 0.69 g
Carbs: 3.29 g
Water: 89.25 g
Other: 1.47 g
7% 89% 3%
Protein: 0.33 g
Fats: 0.52 g
Carbs: 7.44 g
Water: 89.21 g
Other: 2.5 g
Contains more Protein +1506.1%
Contains more Fats +32.7%
Contains more Carbs +126.1%
Contains more Other +70.1%
Equal in Water - 89.21

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) Mexican tea Opinion
Net carbs 3.29g 3.64g Mexican tea
Protein 5.3g 0.33g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Fats 0.69g 0.52g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Carbs 3.29g 7.44g Mexican tea
Calories 30kcal 32kcal Mexican tea
Fiber 3.8g Mexican tea
Calcium 84mg 275mg Mexican tea
Iron 2.04mg 1.88mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Magnesium 85mg 121mg Mexican tea
Phosphorus 99mg 86mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Potassium 608mg 633mg Mexican tea
Sodium 11mg 43mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Zinc 0.3mg 1.1mg Mexican tea
Copper 0.201mg 0.19mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Manganese 0.536mg 3.098mg Mexican tea
Selenium 0.9µg 0.9µg
Vitamin A 1734IU 57IU Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin A RAE 87µg 3µg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin C 88mg 3.6mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B1 0.181mg 0.028mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B2 0.362mg 0.348mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B3 1.11mg 0.639mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B5 0.063mg 0.179mg Mexican tea
Vitamin B6 0.803mg 0.152mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Folate 128µg 215µg Mexican tea

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) Mexican tea
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)
25%
Mexican tea
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
41%
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
84%
Mexican tea

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Mexican tea
Mexican tea 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 - 32mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is cheaper (difference - $2.5)
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 contains less Saturated Fat?
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The foods are relatively equal in Saturated Fat ( g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes ()

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. Mexican tea - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169398/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.