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Espresso vs Instant coffee - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Espresso and Instant coffee

  • Instant coffee has less Vitamin B3, Magnesium and Vitamin B2.
  • Espresso covers your daily Vitamin B3 needs 31% more than Instant coffee.
  • Instant coffee contains 177 times less Vitamin B2 than Espresso. Espresso contains 0.177mg of Vitamin B2, while Instant coffee contains 0.001mg.

Food varieties used in this article are Beverages, coffee, brewed, espresso, restaurant-prepared and Beverages, coffee, instant, regular, prepared with water.

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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 +225%
Contains more Potassium +283.3%
Contains more Magnesium +1900%
Contains more Copper +354.5%
Contains more Zinc +400%
Contains more Phosphorus +133.3%
Contains more Calcium +100%
Contains less Sodium -71.4%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 5% 1% 11% 58% 17% 2% 3% 2%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 2% 2% 3% 3% 4% 1% 2% 1%
Contains more Iron +225%
Contains more Potassium +283.3%
Contains more Magnesium +1900%
Contains more Copper +354.5%
Contains more Zinc +400%
Contains more Phosphorus +133.3%
Contains more Calcium +100%
Contains less Sodium -71.4%

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 C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +17600%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +2106.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +2700%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 1% 0% 1% 0% 1% 41% 98% 2% 1% 0% 1% 1%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 5% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +17600%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +2106.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +2700%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%

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
12
Espresso
0
Instant coffee
Mineral Summary Score
12
Espresso
2
Instant coffee

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
1%
Espresso
1%
Instant coffee
Carbohydrates
2%
Espresso
0%
Instant coffee
Fats
1%
Espresso
0%
Instant coffee

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.
Espresso Instant coffee
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Sugars Equal
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Lower in price Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Espresso Instant coffee
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Instant coffee
Instant coffee contains less Sodium (difference - 10mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Instant coffee
Instant coffee is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.09g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Espresso
Espresso is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Espresso
Espresso 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 contains less Sugars?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugars (0 g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($1)

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 Espresso Instant coffee Opinion
Calories 9 2 Espresso
Protein 0.12 0.1 Espresso
Fats 0.18 0 Espresso
Vitamin C 0.2 0 Espresso
Carbs 1.67 0.34 Espresso
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 Espresso
Iron 0.13 0.04 Espresso
Calcium 2 4 Instant coffee
Potassium 115 30 Espresso
Magnesium 80 4 Espresso
Sugars 0 0
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.05 0.011 Espresso
Zinc 0.05 0.01 Espresso
Starch
Phosphorus 7 3 Espresso
Sodium 14 4 Instant coffee
Vitamin A 0 0
Vitamin E 0.01 0 Espresso
Vitamin D 0 Espresso
Vitamin B1 0.001 0 Espresso
Vitamin B2 0.177 0.001 Espresso
Vitamin B3 5.207 0.236 Espresso
Vitamin B5 0.028 0.001 Espresso
Vitamin B6 0.002 0 Espresso
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 0.1 0 Espresso
Folate 1 0 Espresso
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.092 0.002 Instant coffee
Monounsaturated Fat 0 0
Polyunsaturated fat 0.092 0.002 Espresso
Tryptophan
Threonine
Isoleucine
Leucine
Lysine
Methionine
Phenylalanine
Valine
Histidine
Fructose

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. Espresso - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171891/nutrients
  2. Instant coffee - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174130/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.