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Chinese cabbage vs Napa cabbage - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Chinese cabbage and Napa cabbage?

  • Chinese cabbage is richer in Vitamin C, Vitamin A RAE, Vitamin B6, Calcium, and Folate, yet Napa cabbage is richer in Copper.
  • Chinese cabbage's daily need coverage for Vitamin C is 46% higher.
  • Chinese cabbage has 17 times more Vitamin A RAE than Napa cabbage. Chinese cabbage has 223µg of Vitamin A RAE, while Napa cabbage has 13µg.

We used Cabbage, chinese (pak-choi), raw and Cabbage, napa, cooked 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" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Contains more Calcium +262.1%
Contains more Magnesium +137.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +94.7%
Contains more Potassium +189.7%
Contains more Zinc +35.7%
Contains less Sodium -83.1%
Contains more Copper +357.1%
Equal in Iron - 0.74
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 32% 30% 14% 16% 23% 9% 6% 7%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 9% 28% 6% 9% 8% 2% 4% 32%
Contains more Calcium +262.1%
Contains more Magnesium +137.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +94.7%
Contains more Potassium +189.7%
Contains more Zinc +35.7%
Contains less Sodium -83.1%
Contains more Copper +357.1%
Equal in Iron - 0.74

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart 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 +1598.9%
Contains more Vitamin C +1306.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +700%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +180%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +151.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +424.3%
Contains more Folate +53.5%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 0.466
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 269% 2% 0% 150% 10% 17% 10% 6% 45% 50% 0% 114%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 16% 0% 0% 11% 2% 6% 9% 3% 9% 33% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +1598.9%
Contains more Vitamin C +1306.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +700%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +180%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +151.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +424.3%
Contains more Folate +53.5%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 0.466

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Chinese cabbage Napa cabbage
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in glycemic index Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chinese cabbage Napa cabbage Opinion
Net carbs 1.18g 2.23g Napa cabbage
Protein 1.5g 1.1g Chinese cabbage
Fats 0.2g 0.17g Chinese cabbage
Carbs 2.18g 2.23g Napa cabbage
Calories 13kcal 12kcal Chinese cabbage
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 1.18g g Napa cabbage
Fiber 1g g Chinese cabbage
Calcium 105mg 29mg Chinese cabbage
Iron 0.8mg 0.74mg Chinese cabbage
Magnesium 19mg 8mg Chinese cabbage
Phosphorus 37mg 19mg Chinese cabbage
Potassium 252mg 87mg Chinese cabbage
Sodium 65mg 11mg Napa cabbage
Zinc 0.19mg 0.14mg Chinese cabbage
Copper 0.021mg 0.096mg Napa cabbage
Vitamin A 4468IU 263IU Chinese cabbage
Vitamin E 0.09mg mg Chinese cabbage
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 45mg 3.2mg Chinese cabbage
Vitamin B1 0.04mg 0.005mg Chinese cabbage
Vitamin B2 0.07mg 0.025mg Chinese cabbage
Vitamin B3 0.5mg 0.466mg Chinese cabbage
Vitamin B5 0.088mg 0.035mg Chinese cabbage
Vitamin B6 0.194mg 0.037mg Chinese cabbage
Folate 66µg 43µg Chinese cabbage
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 45.5µg µg Chinese cabbage
Tryptophan 0.015mg mg Chinese cabbage
Threonine 0.049mg mg Chinese cabbage
Isoleucine 0.085mg mg Chinese cabbage
Leucine 0.088mg mg Chinese cabbage
Lysine 0.089mg mg Chinese cabbage
Methionine 0.009mg mg Chinese cabbage
Phenylalanine 0.044mg mg Chinese cabbage
Valine 0.066mg mg Chinese cabbage
Histidine 0.026mg mg Chinese cabbage
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.027g g Napa cabbage
Monounsaturated Fat 0.015g g Chinese cabbage
Polyunsaturated fat 0.096g g Chinese cabbage

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Chinese cabbage Napa cabbage
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
56
Chinese cabbage
7
Napa cabbage
Mineral Summary Score
17
Chinese cabbage
12
Napa cabbage

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
9%
Chinese cabbage
7%
Napa cabbage
Carbohydrates
2%
Chinese cabbage
2%
Napa cabbage
Fats
1%
Chinese cabbage
1%
Napa cabbage

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Napa cabbage
Napa cabbage is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.18g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Napa cabbage
Napa cabbage contains less Sodium (difference - 54mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Napa cabbage
Napa cabbage is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.027g)
Which food is cheaper?
Napa cabbage
Napa cabbage is cheaper (difference - $0.4)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Chinese cabbage
Chinese cabbage is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Chinese cabbage
Chinese cabbage is relatively richer in vitamins
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 (32)

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Chinese cabbage - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170390/nutrients
  2. Napa cabbage - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168572/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.