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Potato vs Turnip - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Potato and Turnip?

  • Turnip has less Vitamin B6, Potassium, and Iron than Potato.
  • Potato's daily need coverage for Vitamin B6 is 16% higher.
  • Potato has 3 times more Iron than Turnip. Potato has 0.81mg of Iron, while Turnip has 0.3mg.
  • Potato contains less Sugar.

We used Potatoes, flesh and skin, raw and Turnips, raw types in this comparison.

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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
Potato
7
:
1
Turnip
Contains more Iron +170%
Contains more Magnesium +109.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +111.1%
Contains more Potassium +122.5%
Contains less Sodium -91%
Contains more Zinc +11.1%
Contains more Copper +29.4%
Contains more Calcium +150%
Equal in Zinc - 0.27
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 4% 31% 17% 25% 38% 1% 9% 37%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 9% 12% 8% 12% 17% 9% 8% 29%
Contains more Iron +170%
Contains more Magnesium +109.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +111.1%
Contains more Potassium +122.5%
Contains less Sodium -91%
Contains more Zinc +11.1%
Contains more Copper +29.4%
Contains more Calcium +150%
Equal in Zinc - 0.27

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
Potato
7
:
2
Turnip
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +102.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +165.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +47.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +231.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +1900%
Contains more Vitamin E +200%
Equal in Vitamin C - 21
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.03
Equal in Folate - 15
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% 66% 21% 8% 20% 18% 69% 12% 0% 5%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 1% 0% 70% 10% 7% 8% 12% 21% 12% 0% 1%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +102.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +165.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +47.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +231.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +1900%
Contains more Vitamin E +200%
Equal in Vitamin C - 21
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.03
Equal in Folate - 15

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Potato Turnip Opinion
Net carbs 15.39g 4.63g Potato
Protein 2.05g 0.9g Potato
Fats 0.09g 0.1g Turnip
Carbs 17.49g 6.43g Potato
Calories 77kcal 28kcal Potato
Starch 15.29g g Potato
Fructose 0.26g g Potato
Sugar 0.82g 3.8g Potato
Fiber 2.1g 1.8g Potato
Calcium 12mg 30mg Turnip
Iron 0.81mg 0.3mg Potato
Magnesium 23mg 11mg Potato
Phosphorus 57mg 27mg Potato
Potassium 425mg 191mg Potato
Sodium 6mg 67mg Potato
Zinc 0.3mg 0.27mg Potato
Copper 0.11mg 0.085mg Potato
Vitamin A 2IU 0IU Potato
Vitamin E 0.01mg 0.03mg Turnip
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 19.7mg 21mg Turnip
Vitamin B1 0.081mg 0.04mg Potato
Vitamin B2 0.032mg 0.03mg Potato
Vitamin B3 1.061mg 0.4mg Potato
Vitamin B5 0.295mg 0.2mg Potato
Vitamin B6 0.298mg 0.09mg Potato
Folate 15µg 15µg
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 2µg 0.1µg Potato
Tryptophan 0.021mg 0.009mg Potato
Threonine 0.067mg 0.025mg Potato
Isoleucine 0.066mg 0.036mg Potato
Leucine 0.098mg 0.033mg Potato
Lysine 0.107mg 0.036mg Potato
Methionine 0.032mg 0.011mg Potato
Phenylalanine 0.081mg 0.017mg Potato
Valine 0.103mg 0.03mg Potato
Histidine 0.035mg 0.014mg Potato
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.025g 0.011g Turnip
Monounsaturated Fat 0.002g 0.006g Turnip
Polyunsaturated fat 0.042g 0.053g Turnip

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Potato Turnip
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
18
Potato
12
Turnip
Mineral Summary Score
20
Potato
13
Turnip

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
12%
Potato
5%
Turnip
Carbohydrates
17%
Potato
6%
Turnip
Fats
0%
Potato
0%
Turnip

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Turnip
Turnip is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.014g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Turnip
Turnip is lower in glycemic index (difference - 13)
Which food is cheaper?
Turnip
Turnip is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Potato
Potato is lower in Sugar (difference - 2.98g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Potato
Potato contains less Sodium (difference - 61mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Potato
Potato is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Potato
Potato is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

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. Potato - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170026/nutrients
  2. Turnip - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170465/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.