Onion vs. Chives — Health Impact and Nutrition Comparison
Chives are higher in vitamin C and copper. They are more than eight times higher in vitamin C. Onions provide two times more carbs than Chives. Onions are also lower in proteins.
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Although Onion and Chives contain more than 90% water, the distribution of macronutrients differs. The amounts of the nutrients they give are compared below.
Chives and Onions are low-calorie foods because they are vegetables. However, Onion is higher in calories than Chives: it provides ten calories more.
Both Onion and Chives are low in carbs. However, in terms of carbs, Onion is more than two times higher compared to Chives.
Chives are lower in net carbs: 100g has 1.9g of net carbs, while the same amount of Onion contains 7.6g.
Chives are higher in fiber than Onion. They provide 2.5g of fiber per 100g. Chives are significantly richer in soluble fiber.
Chives and Onion are plant food products. Hence, they do not provide much protein. Still, Chives are three times higher in proteins than Onion.
Both Onion and Chives are rich in different vitamins, but in general, Chives are higher in vitamins.
Chives are an excellent source of vitamin C, A, and K: they are more than eight times higher in vitamin C (58.1mg per 100g) than Onions (7.4mg per 100g).
You can check the vitamin composition of these foods in the chart below.
Chives are the champions in this section. They are higher in calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper.
Chives are approximately five times higher in copper than Onion.
You can check these two vegetables' mineral compositions in the chart below.
The anticancer properties of Onions and Chives are mostly linked with sulfur-containing compounds. For instance, Onion provides onionin A, a sulfur-containing chemical that decreases tumor development and inhibits the spread of lung and ovarian cancers (3) (4).
Onions and Chieves can help boost bone health.
Onions reduce oxidative stress and decrease bone loss, thus preventing osteoporosis and improving bone density (5). Chives boost bone health by their vitamin K content because vitamin K supplements prevent osteoporosis.
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Comparison summary table
|Lower in Saturated Fat|
|Lower in Glycemic Index|
|Lower in price|
|Lower in Sugar|
|Lower in Sodium|
|Rich in minerals|
|Rich in vitamins|
|Lower in Cholesterol||Equal|
All nutrients comparison - raw data values
|Vitamin A RAE||0µg||218µg|
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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.
- Onion - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170000/nutrients
- Chives - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169994/nutrients
All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.