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Quince vs Guava - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison

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INTRODUCTION

Quince is a fruit that is incorporated into our daily life as an extract, powder, or tea. It is often used as a compressor poultice for swollen and painful parts, injuries, and cuts. Its lotion is perfect for soothing eyes. This fruit is also available, as juice, wine, jelly, jam, pudding, and other forms of sweets.
Guava, on the other hand, is a tropical fruit largely cultivated in Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia, and Mexico. The fruit, its juice, and leaves are used as medicine. It is usually eaten raw, though you may use it in beverages, jams, and desserts.

NUTRITIONAL CONTENT COMPARISON

Guava has richer vitamin and mineral profiles compared to quince. Guava contains 15 times more vitamin C compared to quince.
For their mineral content, guava is richer in copper, potassium, and zinc. Whereas quince is richer in iron.

HEALTH IMPACT

These fruits have been part of the human diet since ancient times. Their health benefits have been discovered since those times. Quince is excellent for digestive disorders (gastrointestinal inflammation), diarrhea. They suppress coughs and help heal cuts and injuries. (1) (2) (3)
Guava has beneficial effects on diabetes, hypercholesterolemia. It also acts as a cough suppressant. It has protective functions against heart diseases and cancer development. (4)
Both these fruits are rich in antioxidants that act in neutralizing free radicals and reducing oxidative stress which in turn lowers inflammation and reduces the risks of multiple diseases. The leaf extract of guava is widely used in the treatment of diabetes and its anti-hyperglycemic. (5)

SUMMARY

Thus, as a conclusion we can state that although guava and quince have similar nutritional structure, they are radically different in the amount of nutrients. Guava contains almost 10 times more vitamins and around 2 times more minerals than quince, making it a must-to-eat fruit for a healthy lifestyle.

References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16448180/ 
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746575/ 
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746946/ 
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5628524/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28347786/ 
Article author photo Tatevik  Stepanyan
Profession: Food Blogger
Last updated: April 23, 2021
Medically reviewed by Jack Yacoubian

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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
Quince
1
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7
Guava
Contains more Iron +169.2%
Contains more Calcium +63.6%
Contains more Potassium +111.7%
Contains more Magnesium +175%
Contains more Copper +76.9%
Contains more Zinc +475%
Contains more Phosphorus +135.3%
Contains less Sodium -50%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 27% 4% 18% 6% 44% 2% 8% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 10% 6% 37% 16% 77% 7% 18% 1%
Contains more Iron +169.2%
Contains more Calcium +63.6%
Contains more Potassium +111.7%
Contains more Magnesium +175%
Contains more Copper +76.9%
Contains more Zinc +475%
Contains more Phosphorus +135.3%
Contains less Sodium -50%

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
Quince
0
:
11
Guava
Contains more Vitamin C +1422%
Contains more Vitamin A +1460%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +235%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +33.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +442%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +456.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +175%
Contains more Folate +1533.3%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 50% 3% 0% 0% 5% 7% 4% 5% 10% 0% 0% 3%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 761% 38% 15% 0% 17% 10% 21% 28% 26% 0% 7% 37%
Contains more Vitamin C +1422%
Contains more Vitamin A +1460%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +235%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +33.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +442%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +456.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +175%
Contains more Folate +1533.3%

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
7
Quince
80
Guava
Mineral Summary Score
13
Quince
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
2%
Quince
15%
Guava
Carbohydrates
15%
Quince
14%
Guava
Fats
0%
Quince
4%
Guava

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

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Quince Guava
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?
Quince
Quince is lower in Sugar (difference - 8.92g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Quince
Quince is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.262g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Guava
Guava contains less Sodium (difference - 2mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Guava
Guava is lower in glycemic index (difference - 23)
Which food is cheaper?
Guava
Guava is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Guava
Guava is relatively richer in minerals
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)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Quince Guava Opinion
Calories 57 68 Guava
Protein 0.4 2.55 Guava
Fats 0.1 0.95 Guava
Vitamin C 15 228.3 Guava
Carbs 15.3 14.32 Quince
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 Guava
Iron 0.7 0.26 Quince
Calcium 11 18 Guava
Potassium 197 417 Guava
Magnesium 8 22 Guava
Sugar 8.92 Quince
Fiber 1.9 5.4 Guava
Copper 0.13 0.23 Guava
Zinc 0.04 0.23 Guava
Starch
Phosphorus 17 40 Guava
Sodium 4 2 Guava
Vitamin A 40 624 Guava
Vitamin E 0.73 Guava
Vitamin D 0 Guava
Vitamin B1 0.02 0.067 Guava
Vitamin B2 0.03 0.04 Guava
Vitamin B3 0.2 1.084 Guava
Vitamin B5 0.081 0.451 Guava
Vitamin B6 0.04 0.11 Guava
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 2.6 Guava
Folate 3 49 Guava
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.01 0.272 Quince
Monounsaturated Fat 0.036 0.087 Guava
Polyunsaturated fat 0.05 0.401 Guava
Tryptophan 0.022 Guava
Threonine 0.096 Guava
Isoleucine 0.093 Guava
Leucine 0.171 Guava
Lysine 0.072 Guava
Methionine 0.016 Guava
Phenylalanine 0.006 Guava
Valine 0.087 Guava
Histidine 0.022 Guava
Fructose

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. Quince - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168163/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.