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Onion vs Jícama - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Onion and Jícama

  • Onion has more Vitamin B6, however Jícama is higher in Vitamin C, and Fiber.
  • Jícama covers your daily Vitamin C needs 14% more than Onion.
  • Jícama contains 3 times less Vitamin B6 than Onion. Onion contains 0.12mg of Vitamin B6, while Jícama contains 0.042mg.
  • Jícama has less Sugar.

Food varieties used in this article are Onions, raw and Yambean (jicama), 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
Onion
3
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Contains more Calcium +91.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +61.1%
Contains more Iron +185.7%
Contains more Magnesium +20%
Contains more Copper +23.1%
Equal in Potassium - 150
Equal in Sodium - 4
Equal in Zinc - 0.16
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 7% 8% 8% 13% 13% 1% 5% 14%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 4% 23% 9% 8% 14% 1% 5% 16%
Contains more Calcium +91.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +61.1%
Contains more Iron +185.7%
Contains more Magnesium +20%
Contains more Copper +23.1%
Equal in Potassium - 150
Equal in Sodium - 4
Equal in Zinc - 0.16

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
Onion
4
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Contains more Vitamin B1 +130%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +185.7%
Contains more Folate +58.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.3%
Contains more Vitamin A +950%
Contains more Vitamin E +2200%
Contains more Vitamin C +173%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +72.4%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.029
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.135
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%
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%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +130%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +185.7%
Contains more Folate +58.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.3%
Contains more Vitamin A +950%
Contains more Vitamin E +2200%
Contains more Vitamin C +173%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +72.4%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.029
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.135

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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Onion Jícama
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
8
Onion
10
Jícama
Mineral Summary Score
8
Onion
10
Jícama

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

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