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Scallion vs Onion - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Summary of differences between Scallion and Onion

  • Scallion has more Vitamin K, Iron, Vitamin C, and Folate, while Onion has more Vitamin A.
  • Scallion covers your daily need of Vitamin K 172% more than Onion.
  • Scallion contains 28 times more Vitamin E than Onion. While Scallion contains 0.55mg of Vitamin E , Onion contains only 0.02mg.

These are the specific foods used in this comparison Onions, spring or scallions (includes tops and bulb), 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 +604.8%
Contains more Calcium +213%
Contains more Potassium +89%
Contains more Magnesium +100%
Contains more Copper +112.8%
Contains more Zinc +129.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +27.6%
Contains less Sodium -75%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 56% 22% 25% 15% 28% 11% 16% 3%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 8% 7% 13% 8% 14% 5% 13% 1%
Contains more Iron +604.8%
Contains more Calcium +213%
Contains more Potassium +89%
Contains more Magnesium +100%
Contains more Copper +112.8%
Contains more Zinc +129.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +27.6%
Contains less Sodium -75%

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 C +154.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +49750%
Contains more Vitamin E +2650%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +19.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +196.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +352.6%
Contains more Vitamin K +51650%
Contains more Folate +236.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +64%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +96.7%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 63% 60% 11% 0% 14% 19% 10% 5% 15% 0% 518% 48%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 25% 1% 1% 0% 12% 7% 3% 8% 28% 0% 1% 15%
Contains more Vitamin C +154.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +49750%
Contains more Vitamin E +2650%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +19.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +196.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +352.6%
Contains more Vitamin K +51650%
Contains more Folate +236.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +64%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +96.7%

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
63
Scallion
8
Onion
Mineral Summary Score
21
Scallion
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
11%
Scallion
7%
Onion
Carbohydrates
7%
Scallion
9%
Onion
Fats
1%
Scallion
0%
Onion

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

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Scallion Onion
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 Sugar?
Scallion
Scallion is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.91g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Scallion
Scallion is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.01g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Scallion
Scallion is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Scallion
Scallion is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sodium?
Onion
Onion contains less Sodium (difference - 12mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Onion
Onion is lower in glycemic index (difference - 17)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($0.2)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Scallion Onion Opinion
Calories 32 40 Onion
Protein 1.83 1.1 Scallion
Fats 0.19 0.1 Scallion
Vitamin C 18.8 7.4 Scallion
Carbs 7.34 9.34 Onion
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 1.48 0.21 Scallion
Calcium 72 23 Scallion
Potassium 276 146 Scallion
Magnesium 20 10 Scallion
Sugar 2.33 4.24 Scallion
Fiber 2.6 1.7 Scallion
Copper 0.083 0.039 Scallion
Zinc 0.39 0.17 Scallion
Starch 0 Onion
Phosphorus 37 29 Scallion
Sodium 16 4 Onion
Vitamin A 997 2 Scallion
Vitamin E 0.55 0.02 Scallion
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.055 0.046 Scallion
Vitamin B2 0.08 0.027 Scallion
Vitamin B3 0.525 0.116 Scallion
Vitamin B5 0.075 0.123 Onion
Vitamin B6 0.061 0.12 Onion
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 207 0.4 Scallion
Folate 64 19 Scallion
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.032 0.042 Scallion
Monounsaturated Fat 0.027 0.013 Scallion
Polyunsaturated fat 0.074 0.017 Scallion
Tryptophan 0.02 0.014 Scallion
Threonine 0.072 0.021 Scallion
Isoleucine 0.077 0.014 Scallion
Leucine 0.109 0.025 Scallion
Lysine 0.091 0.039 Scallion
Methionine 0.02 0.002 Scallion
Phenylalanine 0.059 0.025 Scallion
Valine 0.081 0.021 Scallion
Histidine 0.032 0.014 Scallion
Fructose 1.29 Onion

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. Scallion - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170005/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.