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Cucumber vs Summer squash - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Cucumber and Summer squash?

  • Cucumber is richer in Vitamin K, yet Summer squash is richer in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2 and Folate.
  • Summer squash's daily need coverage for Vitamin C is 16% higher.
  • Cucumber has 5 times more Vitamin K than Summer squash. Cucumber has 16.4µg of Vitamin K, while Summer squash has 3µg.

We used Cucumber, with peel, raw and Squash, summer, all varieties, 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" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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Contains more Iron +25%
Contains more Potassium +78.2%
Contains more Magnesium +30.8%
Contains more Copper +24.4%
Contains more Zinc +45%
Contains more Phosphorus +58.3%
Equal in Calcium - 15
Equal in Sodium - 2
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 11% 5% 13% 10% 14% 6% 11% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 14% 5% 24% 13% 17% 8% 17% 1%
Contains more Iron +25%
Contains more Potassium +78.2%
Contains more Magnesium +30.8%
Contains more Copper +24.4%
Contains more Zinc +45%
Contains more Phosphorus +58.3%
Equal in Calcium - 15
Equal in Sodium - 2

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 B5 +67.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +446.7%
Contains more Vitamin C +507.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +90.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +300%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +77.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +330.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +396.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +445%
Contains more Folate +314.3%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 10% 7% 1% 0% 7% 8% 2% 16% 10% 0% 41% 6%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 57% 12% 3% 0% 12% 33% 10% 10% 51% 0% 8% 22%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +67.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +446.7%
Contains more Vitamin C +507.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +90.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +300%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +77.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +330.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +396.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +445%
Contains more Folate +314.3%

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils human daily needs, the more the summary score is
Vitamin Summary Score
9
Cucumber
18
Summer squash
Mineral Summary Score
8
Cucumber
12
Summer squash

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 the food
Protein
4%
Cucumber
7%
Summer squash
Carbohydrates
4%
Cucumber
3%
Summer squash
Fats
1%
Cucumber
1%
Summer squash

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Cucumber Summer squash
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugars ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Sodium Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Cucumber Summer squash
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Summer squash
Summer squash is lower in glycemic index (difference - 8)
Which food is cheaper?
Summer squash
Summer squash is cheaper (difference - $0.4)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Summer squash
Summer squash is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Summer squash
Summer squash is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sugars?
Cucumber
Cucumber contains less Sugars (difference - 0.53g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Cucumber
Cucumber is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.007g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food contains less Sodium?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sodium (2 mg)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Cucumber Summer squash Opinion
Calories 15 16 Summer squash
Protein 0.65 1.21 Summer squash
Fats 0.11 0.18 Summer squash
Vitamin C 2.8 17 Summer squash
Carbs 3.63 3.35 Cucumber
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 0.28 0.35 Summer squash
Calcium 16 15 Cucumber
Potassium 147 262 Summer squash
Magnesium 13 17 Summer squash
Sugars 1.67 2.2 Cucumber
Fiber 0.5 1.1 Summer squash
Copper 0.041 0.051 Summer squash
Zinc 0.2 0.29 Summer squash
Starch 0.83 Cucumber
Phosphorus 24 38 Summer squash
Sodium 2 2
Vitamin A 105 200 Summer squash
Vitamin E 0.03 0.12 Summer squash
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.027 0.048 Summer squash
Vitamin B2 0.033 0.142 Summer squash
Vitamin B3 0.098 0.487 Summer squash
Vitamin B5 0.259 0.155 Cucumber
Vitamin B6 0.04 0.218 Summer squash
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 16.4 3 Cucumber
Folate 7 29 Summer squash
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.037 0.044 Cucumber
Monounsaturated Fat 0.005 0.016 Summer squash
Polyunsaturated fat 0.032 0.089 Summer squash
Tryptophan 0.005 0.011 Summer squash
Threonine 0.019 0.028 Summer squash
Isoleucine 0.021 0.042 Summer squash
Leucine 0.029 0.069 Summer squash
Lysine 0.029 0.065 Summer squash
Methionine 0.006 0.017 Summer squash
Phenylalanine 0.019 0.041 Summer squash
Valine 0.022 0.053 Summer squash
Histidine 0.01 0.025 Summer squash
Fructose 0.87 0.95 Summer squash

References

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

  1. Cucumber - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168409/nutrients
  2. Summer squash - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170487/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.