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

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

  • Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is higher in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Potassium, Manganese, and Vitamin B1, yet Seaweed is higher in Folate, Vitamin B5, and Iron.
  • Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)'s daily need coverage for Vitamin C is 94% more.
  • Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) has 402 times more Vitamin B6 than Seaweed. While Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) has 0.803mg of Vitamin B6, Seaweed has only 0.002mg.
  • The amount of Sodium in Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) is lower.

We used Balsam-pear (bitter gourd), leafy tips, raw and Seaweed, kelp, raw types 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 more Phosphorus +135.7%
Contains more Potassium +583.1%
Contains less Sodium -95.3%
Contains more Copper +54.6%
Contains more Manganese +168%
Contains more Selenium +28.6%
Contains more Calcium +100%
Contains more Iron +39.7%
Contains more Magnesium +42.4%
Contains more Zinc +310%
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 51% 107% 87% 18% 8% 31% 34% 44% 27% 4%
Contains more Phosphorus +135.7%
Contains more Potassium +583.1%
Contains less Sodium -95.3%
Contains more Copper +54.6%
Contains more Manganese +168%
Contains more Selenium +28.6%
Contains more Calcium +100%
Contains more Iron +39.7%
Contains more Magnesium +42.4%
Contains more Zinc +310%

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 +1394.8%
Contains more Vitamin C +2833.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +262%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +141.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +136.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +40050%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +919%
Contains more Folate +40.6%
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 7% 18% 0% 10% 13% 35% 9% 39% 1% 135% 0% 7% 166%
Contains more Vitamin A +1394.8%
Contains more Vitamin C +2833.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +262%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +141.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +136.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +40050%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +919%
Contains more Folate +40.6%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +215.5%
Contains more Fats +23.2%
Contains more Carbs +190.9%
Contains more Other +349.7%
Equal in Water - 81.58
5% 3% 89%
Protein: 5.3 g
Fats: 0.69 g
Carbs: 3.29 g
Water: 89.25 g
Other: 1.47 g
2% 10% 82% 7%
Protein: 1.68 g
Fats: 0.56 g
Carbs: 9.57 g
Water: 81.58 g
Other: 6.61 g
Contains more Protein +215.5%
Contains more Fats +23.2%
Contains more Carbs +190.9%
Contains more Other +349.7%
Equal in Water - 81.58

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear) Seaweed Opinion
Net carbs 3.29g 8.27g Seaweed
Protein 5.3g 1.68g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Fats 0.69g 0.56g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Carbs 3.29g 9.57g Seaweed
Calories 30kcal 43kcal Seaweed
Sugar 0.6g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Fiber 1.3g Seaweed
Calcium 84mg 168mg Seaweed
Iron 2.04mg 2.85mg Seaweed
Magnesium 85mg 121mg Seaweed
Phosphorus 99mg 42mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Potassium 608mg 89mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Sodium 11mg 233mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Zinc 0.3mg 1.23mg Seaweed
Copper 0.201mg 0.13mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Manganese 0.536mg 0.2mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Selenium 0.9µg 0.7µg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin A 1734IU 116IU Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin A RAE 87µg 6µg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin E 0.87mg Seaweed
Vitamin C 88mg 3mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B1 0.181mg 0.05mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B2 0.362mg 0.15mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B3 1.11mg 0.47mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Vitamin B5 0.063mg 0.642mg Seaweed
Vitamin B6 0.803mg 0.002mg Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Folate 128µg 180µg Seaweed
Choline 12.8mg Seaweed
Vitamin K 66µg Seaweed
Tryptophan 0.048mg Seaweed
Threonine 0.055mg Seaweed
Isoleucine 0.076mg Seaweed
Leucine 0.083mg Seaweed
Lysine 0.082mg Seaweed
Methionine 0.025mg Seaweed
Phenylalanine 0.043mg Seaweed
Valine 0.072mg Seaweed
Histidine 0.024mg Seaweed
Saturated Fat 0.247g Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
Omega-3 - EPA 0.004g Seaweed
Monounsaturated Fat 0.098g Seaweed
Polyunsaturated fat 0.047g Seaweed

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) Seaweed
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)
34%
Seaweed
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
41%
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia, bitter melon, balsam pear)
41%
Seaweed

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 - 0.6g)
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 - 222mg)
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 - 0.247g)
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 ($)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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.
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. Seaweed - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168457/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.