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Jícama vs Onion - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Jícama and Onion

  • Jícama has more Vitamin C, and Fiber, however Onion is higher in Vitamin B6.
  • Jícama covers your daily Vitamin C needs 14% more than Onion.
  • Onion contains 3 times less Fiber than Jícama. Jícama contains 4.9g of Fiber, while Onion contains 1.7g.
  • Jícama has less Sugar.

Food varieties used in this article are Yambean (jicama), raw and Onions, raw.

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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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Onion
Contains more Iron +185.7%
Contains more Magnesium +20%
Contains more Copper +23.1%
Contains more Calcium +91.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +61.1%
Equal in Potassium - 146
Equal in Sodium - 4
Equal in Zinc - 0.17
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 4% 23% 9% 8% 14% 1% 5% 16%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 7% 8% 8% 13% 13% 1% 5% 14%
Contains more Iron +185.7%
Contains more Magnesium +20%
Contains more Copper +23.1%
Contains more Calcium +91.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +61.1%
Equal in Potassium - 146
Equal in Sodium - 4
Equal in Zinc - 0.17

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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Onion
Contains more Vitamin A +950%
Contains more Vitamin E +2200%
Contains more Vitamin C +173%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +72.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +130%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +185.7%
Contains more Folate +58.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.3%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.027
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.123
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 2% 10% 0% 68% 5% 7% 4% 9% 10% 9% 0% 1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 1% 0% 25% 12% 7% 3% 8% 28% 15% 0% 1%
Contains more Vitamin A +950%
Contains more Vitamin E +2200%
Contains more Vitamin C +173%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +72.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +130%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +185.7%
Contains more Folate +58.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.3%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.027
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.123

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.
Jícama Onion
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sodium Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Jícama Onion Opinion
Net carbs 3.92g 7.64g Onion
Protein 0.72g 1.1g Onion
Fats 0.09g 0.1g Onion
Carbs 8.82g 9.34g Onion
Calories 38kcal 40kcal Onion
Starch g 0g Onion
Fructose g 1.29g Onion
Sugar 1.8g 4.24g Jícama
Fiber 4.9g 1.7g Jícama
Calcium 12mg 23mg Onion
Iron 0.6mg 0.21mg Jícama
Magnesium 12mg 10mg Jícama
Phosphorus 18mg 29mg Onion
Potassium 150mg 146mg Jícama
Sodium 4mg 4mg
Zinc 0.16mg 0.17mg Onion
Copper 0.048mg 0.039mg Jícama
Vitamin A 21IU 2IU Jícama
Vitamin E 0.46mg 0.02mg Jícama
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 20.2mg 7.4mg Jícama
Vitamin B1 0.02mg 0.046mg Onion
Vitamin B2 0.029mg 0.027mg Jícama
Vitamin B3 0.2mg 0.116mg Jícama
Vitamin B5 0.135mg 0.123mg Jícama
Vitamin B6 0.042mg 0.12mg Onion
Folate 12µg 19µg Onion
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 0.3µg 0.4µg Onion
Tryptophan mg 0.014mg Onion
Threonine 0.018mg 0.021mg Onion
Isoleucine 0.016mg 0.014mg Jícama
Leucine 0.025mg 0.025mg
Lysine 0.026mg 0.039mg Onion
Methionine 0.007mg 0.002mg Jícama
Phenylalanine 0.017mg 0.025mg Onion
Valine 0.022mg 0.021mg Jícama
Histidine 0.019mg 0.014mg Jícama
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.021g 0.042g Jícama
Monounsaturated Fat 0.005g 0.013g Onion
Polyunsaturated fat 0.043g 0.017g Jícama

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Jícama Onion
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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
10
Jícama
8
Onion
Mineral Summary Score
10
Jícama
8
Onion

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
4%
Jícama
7%
Onion
Carbohydrates
9%
Jícama
9%
Onion
Fats
0%
Jícama
0%
Onion

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Onion
Onion is lower in glycemic index (difference - 2)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Jícama
Jícama is lower in Sugar (difference - 2.44g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Jícama
Jícama is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.021g)
Which food is cheaper?
Jícama
Jícama is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food contains less Sodium?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sodium (4 mg)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
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

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. Jícama - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170073/nutrients
  2. Onion - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170000/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.