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Passion fruit vs Guava - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison

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Article author photo Jack  Yacoubian by Jack Yacoubian | Last updated on October 12, 2021
Education: Haigazian Medical University
Passion fruit
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Guava

Summary

Passion fruit is rich in fibers, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins B2, B3, and A. Guava is rich in folate, vitamins E, B1, B5, and B6, copper, and magnesium. Guava is lower in carbs and glycemic index. They provide positive effects on overall health.

Introduction

Passion fruit is a vine tree fruit native to the south American continent, mostly Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. It is mostly grown and cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions. Brazil produces the most passion fruit, filling nearly 60% of the world market supply. Botanically, it belongs to the family of berries.

Guava is a tropical fruit that is grown in tropical and subtropical climates. Guava is indigenous to Central and Northern South America, and it was found in Peru about 800 BC. India has the most significant guava cultivation, accounting for 45 percent of the market; the other two nations that provide most of the market are China and Thailand.

Guavas are botanically defined as berries, which is an intriguing fact about them.

In this article, we will discuss the difference between passion fruit and guava according to their main differences, nutritional content, diets and weight loss, and health impacts.

What are the actual differences?

Other than their nutritional content difference, health impacts, and weight loss applications, we have certain differences that are also important to mention.

Varieties

There are different types of passion fruits; for example, the most common one is the purple passion fruit. The shell of the passion fruit is purple, and inside is dark yellow. Another type is the yellow passion fruit which is sweeter than the purple passion fruit. Last but not least, sweet granadilla, which has a yellow shell but inside is darker than that of the yellow passion fruit, is the sweetest.

On the other hand, there are also different types for guava: red Malaysian guava and red Indian guava,, which are suitable for eating. Mexican cream guava and lemon guava are suitable for desserts and frosting. There is also a very peculiar guava which is called strawberry guava due to its peculiar strawberry flavor. Other types also exist; however, these are the most commonly found in markets.

Shelf life

Passion fruit has a longer shelf life which can last up to 1 month in unrefrigerated conditions, mostly due to its hard shell. On the other hand, guava has a shorter shelf life, and this is due to its softer shell as compared to that of passion fruit.

Price

Passion fruit is more expensive than guava. This is mostly due to its delicacy and sensitivity in agriculture. The vine is very sensitive to the change of almost all variables. If any variable changes, the passion fruit yield might become very sour.

Taste and flavor

There is a vast difference between guava and passion fruit when it comes to flavor and taste.

On the one hand, passion fruit has a solid shell that has to be cut, and on the inside, there is the pulp which has a jelly-like consistency that is filled with small seeds. The inside is all edible.

Passion fruit has a distinct smell that is not common with any other fruit.

Guava, on the other hand, has a soft cover that can be eaten. Inside it is solid with seeds that can also be eaten. All the parts of the guava can be eaten. Guava has a specific flavor and aroma.

Culinary world

Passion fruit can be eaten raw, turned into juices that are usually mixed with other juices. It is also turned into a puree usually used in alcoholic cocktails, giving a sweet and aromatic taste to cocktails.

Guava may also be turned into drinks, and one popular guava-based juice consumed in Mexico is aqua Fresca. Guava may also be eaten raw in the same way as passion fruit are. Guava pectin is used in marmalades and jellies in several Asian nations.

Nutritional data comparison

Glycemic index

Guava has a lower glycemic index compared to passion fruit. However, both have a glycemic index lower than 20, classifying them as low glycemic index foods.

Calories

Guava is lower in calories compared to passion fruit.

Carbs and fibers

Passion fruit contains higher amounts of carbs as compared to guava. However, it is important to note that passion fruit is richer in fibers and the carb amount also contains the fibers.

Protein

They both have similar amounts of proteins, and it is not very remarkable.

Fats

Guava and passion fruit have negligible amounts of fats.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a very important vitamin component of these fruits. Guava is very rich in vitamin C as compared to passion fruit. 300g of passion fruit can satisfy 100% of the recommended daily value, whereas, in the case of guava, it satisfies 760% of the recommended daily value. Vitamin C has significant health impacts as it is a very important antioxidant. These will be discussed in further paragraphs.

Vitamins

Passion fruit is richer in vitamins A, B2, and B3. Guava is rich in folate, vitamins E, B1, B5, and B6. It is also important to note vitamin C, which was discussed in the paragraph above, noting that guava is richer in vitamin C.

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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Guava
Contains more Vitamin A +103.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +225%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +38.4%
Contains more Vitamin E +3550%
Contains more Vitamin C +661%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Folate +250%
Contains more Vitamin K +271.4%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.11
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 77% 1% 0% 100% 0% 30% 29% 0% 24% 11% 0% 2%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 38% 15% 0% 761% 17% 10% 21% 28% 26% 37% 0% 7%
Contains more Vitamin A +103.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +225%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +38.4%
Contains more Vitamin E +3550%
Contains more Vitamin C +661%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Folate +250%
Contains more Vitamin K +271.4%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.11

Minerals

Passion fruit is richer in iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. On the other hand, guava is richer in potassium and copper.

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
Contains more Iron +515.4%
Contains more Magnesium +31.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +70%
Contains more Calcium +50%
Contains more Potassium +19.8%
Contains less Sodium -92.9%
Contains more Zinc +130%
Contains more Copper +167.4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 4% 60% 21% 30% 31% 4% 3% 29%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 10% 16% 18% 37% 1% 7% 77%
Contains more Iron +515.4%
Contains more Magnesium +31.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +70%
Contains more Calcium +50%
Contains more Potassium +19.8%
Contains less Sodium -92.9%
Contains more Zinc +130%
Contains more Copper +167.4%

Antioxidants

Both fruits contain antioxidants, and passion fruit contains vitamin C, vitamin A, and polyphenols. Guava is rich in vitamin C, which is a very important antioxidant, and it also contains polyphenols.

Weight loss and diets

Vegan

Passion fruit and guava are recommended to be consumed in the vegan diet. They both provide rich and versatile macronutrient and micronutrient profiles.

Keto

Passion fruit and guava are not part of the keto diet as they contain a higher amount of carbs than is allowed during the keto diet.

Weight loss

Passion fruit and guavas are excellent additions to weight-loss regimens. They offer a variety of tastes and aromas and various health advantages, and they are both rich in macro and micronutrients. However, when it comes to price and availability, they are more expensive than the average fruits.

Health impacts

Cardiovascular health

Passion fruit has been linked with decreased risks of developing cardiovascular diseases as it has cardioprotective properties. Mostly cardiovascular diseases that arise after metabolic syndrome. (1)

Guava intake is associated with lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and an increase in HDL levels, which have cardioprotective properties. As a result, guava has been related to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. (2)

Diabetes

Guava consumption is linked to lower fasting blood glucose levels. As a result of having control over blood glucose and insulin, the risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes is reduced. (3)

Consuming the rind of the passion fruit peel has beneficial effects on diabetic patients. The peel of yellow passion fruit consumption is linked with decreased risks of developing insulin resistance in type 2 diabetic individuals. (4)

Obesity

Guava intake can lessen blood glucose and cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of developing high BMI levels and obesity. (5)

Passion fruit consumption is related to decreased risk of obesity, which will be discussed further in the metabolic syndrome section.

Metabolic syndrome

Passion fruit contains piceatannol, which has overall reduced risks of insulin sensitivity, glucose and lipid level decrease, and overall protective effects. Piceatannol is linked with decreased risks of metabolic syndrome and obesity, as was mentioned before. (6)

Guava and mostly guava leaves are important in reducing metabolic syndrome risks in individuals. As mentioned above, guava reduces risks of cardiovascular disorders, including hypertension, decreases risks of diabetes and obesity, and overall decreases risks of developing metabolic syndrome. In addition to that, guava leaf extract has a direct relation with decreased risks of metabolic syndrome. (7)

Drug interactions

Passion fruit flowers might interact with central nervous system depressants and sedatives and amplify their effect and oversedate. (8)

No drug interactions have been observed with guava.

Immunity

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and immune booster that helps prevent oxidative stress disorders due to its antioxidative effects. In addition to that, it boosts the immune system to fight off any infections. (9)

Women’s health

Guava extracts have reduced pain levels in women who have stomach cramps throughout their menstrual periods. These, however, occur during the intake of guava extracts rather than the guava fruit itself. (10)

Kidney and liver

Patients with uncontrolled diabetes may develop nephropathy. Guava extracts have been proven to lower the risk of diabetic nephropathy. (11)

The passion fruit extract has been shown to have hepatoprotective and nephroprotective properties. (12)

Sleep

Passion fruit flower has a sedative and calming effect that acts on the central nervous system by flavonoids. (13)

References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31608249/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1332463/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/6660217/
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23088514/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5071920/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5691758/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831039/
  8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19441067/
  9. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29099763/
  10. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17112693/
  11. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22581156/
  12. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30894908/
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7251050/
Article author photo Jack  Yacoubian
Education: Haigazian Medical University
Last updated: October 12, 2021

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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.
Passion fruit Guava
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Passion fruit Guava Opinion
Net carbs 12.98g 8.92g Passion fruit
Protein 2.2g 2.55g Guava
Fats 0.7g 0.95g Guava
Carbs 23.38g 14.32g Passion fruit
Calories 97kcal 68kcal Passion fruit
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 11.2g 8.92g Guava
Fiber 10.4g 5.4g Passion fruit
Calcium 12mg 18mg Guava
Iron 1.6mg 0.26mg Passion fruit
Magnesium 29mg 22mg Passion fruit
Phosphorus 68mg 40mg Passion fruit
Potassium 348mg 417mg Guava
Sodium 28mg 2mg Guava
Zinc 0.1mg 0.23mg Guava
Copper 0.086mg 0.23mg Guava
Vitamin A 1272IU 624IU Passion fruit
Vitamin E 0.02mg 0.73mg Guava
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 30mg 228.3mg Guava
Vitamin B1 0mg 0.067mg Guava
Vitamin B2 0.13mg 0.04mg Passion fruit
Vitamin B3 1.5mg 1.084mg Passion fruit
Vitamin B5 mg 0.451mg Guava
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 0.11mg Guava
Folate 14µg 49µg Guava
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 0.7µg 2.6µg Guava
Tryptophan mg 0.022mg Guava
Threonine mg 0.096mg Guava
Isoleucine mg 0.093mg Guava
Leucine mg 0.171mg Guava
Lysine mg 0.072mg Guava
Methionine mg 0.016mg Guava
Phenylalanine mg 0.006mg Guava
Valine mg 0.087mg Guava
Histidine mg 0.022mg Guava
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.059g 0.272g Passion fruit
Monounsaturated Fat 0.086g 0.087g Guava
Polyunsaturated fat 0.411g 0.401g Passion fruit

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Passion fruit Guava
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
23
Passion fruit
80
Guava
Mineral Summary Score
22
Passion fruit
21
Guava

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
13%
Passion fruit
15%
Guava
Carbohydrates
23%
Passion fruit
14%
Guava
Fats
3%
Passion fruit
4%
Guava

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Passion fruit
Passion fruit is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.213g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Passion fruit
Passion fruit is lower in glycemic index (difference - 15)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Guava
Guava is lower in Sugar (difference - 2.28g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Guava
Guava contains less Sodium (difference - 26mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Guava
Guava is cheaper (difference - $1.5)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Guava
Guava 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 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.

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. Passion fruit - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169108/nutrients
  2. Guava - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173044/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.