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Salmonberry vs Cloudberry - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison

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Article author photo Ani Harutyunyan by Ani Harutyunyan | Last updated on October 25, 2022
Medically reviewed by Igor Bussel Article author photo Igor Bussel
Salmonberries
vs
Cloudberry

Summary

Cloudberries are higher in protein and vitamin C, while Salmonberries are richer in carbs and vitamin A. Salmonberries provide 17 times less vitamin C than Cloudberries.

Introduction

This article will compare the nutritional content and health impact of raw Salmonberry (1) and Cloudberry (2).

Actual differences

Rubus spectabilis, also known as salmonberry, is native to west-central Alaska. Rubus chamaemorus is the Latin name of the cloudberry; this berry is also native to Alaska. Salmonberry has red, orange, or yellow berries, while cloudberries have golden-yellow coloring. Salmonberry has a more subtle flavor, and it is tart, whereas cloudberry’s taste combines tart and sweet flavors. Salmonberries and cloudberries differ in their usage: salmonberries are commonly used to flavor wine and beer, but cloudberry is usually used for making jams, tarts, and desserts. 

Macronutrients

Both salmonberry and cloudberry are members of the Rosaceae family and tend to have many similarities, yet there are differences in how the macronutrients are distributed in each.

Calories

Salmonberry and Cloudberry are plant food products. Hence, these two are considered low-calorie foods. However, Cloudberry is higher in calories.

Carbs

Salmonberry is higher in carbs compared to Cloudberry.

Salmonberry provides 1.9g of dietary fiber per 100g, while the same amount of Cloudberry does not contain fiber.

Salmonberry is rich in soluble fiber.

Protein

These two berries are not supposed to contain much protein. Still, Cloudberry is three times higher in proteins than Salmonberry.

Fats

Both berries have less than 1g of fat per 100g, so we can neglect the fat amounts. Salmonberry and Cloudberry do not contain any amount of cholesterol.

Vitamins

Salmonberry and Cloudberry are rich in different vitamins.

Cloudberries are an excellent source of vitamin C: they are 17 times higher in vitamin C (158mg per 100g) than Salmonberries (9.2mg per 100g).

Salmonberry is richer in vitamins A, E, K, and folate, while Cloudberry provides more B1 and B3.

Salmonberry covers 37% of the DV of vitamin K and 33% of the DV of vitamin E, while Cloudberry does not provide any amounts of these vitamins.

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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Contains more Vitamin A +136.2%
Contains more Vitamin C +1617.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +22%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +12.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +93.1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 30% 32% 0% 31% 10% 14% 8.7% 10% 18% 13% 0% 0% 37%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 13% 0% 0% 527% 13% 16% 17% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +136.2%
Contains more Vitamin C +1617.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +22%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +12.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +93.1%

Minerals

Salmonberry is higher in magnesium and zinc.

Cloudberry is richer in calcium and phosphorus.

You can compare the mineral composition of these two berries in the chart below.

Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Calcium +38.5%
Contains more Iron +75%
Contains more Phosphorus +29.6%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 3.9% 15% 11% 12% 9.7% 1.8% 7.6% 10% 143% 0%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 5.4% 26% 0% 15% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Calcium +38.5%
Contains more Iron +75%
Contains more Phosphorus +29.6%

Health impact

Both salmonberry and cloudberry have powerful plant compounds that have beneficial effects on the human organism.

Cloudberries are packed with vitamin C and ellagitannins - powerful antioxidants that protect the cells from oxidative damage. According to some studies (3) (4), ellagitannins may fight against inflammation and have anticancer effects.

Salmonberry is a depo of manganese. This mineral plays a crucial role in metabolism and bone health. In addition, manganese has antioxidant properties (5) (6).

Article author photo Ani Harutyunyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: October 25, 2022
Medically reviewed by Igor Bussel

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Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Carbs +16.9%
Contains more Protein +182.4%
Contains more Fats +142.4%
Contains more Other +114.3%
Equal in Water - 87
10% 88%
Protein: 0.85 g
Fats: 0.33 g
Carbs: 10.05 g
Water: 88.21 g
Other: 0.56 g
2% 9% 87%
Protein: 2.4 g
Fats: 0.8 g
Carbs: 8.6 g
Water: 87 g
Other: 1.2 g
Contains more Carbs +16.9%
Contains more Protein +182.4%
Contains more Fats +142.4%
Contains more Other +114.3%
Equal in Water - 87

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Salmonberries Cloudberry
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Saturated Fat Equal
Lower in price Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Salmonberries Cloudberry Opinion
Net carbs 8.15g 8.6g Cloudberry
Protein 0.85g 2.4g Cloudberry
Fats 0.33g 0.8g Cloudberry
Carbs 10.05g 8.6g Salmonberries
Calories 47kcal 51kcal Cloudberry
Fructose 1.75g Salmonberries
Sugar 3.66g Cloudberry
Fiber 1.9g Salmonberries
Calcium 13mg 18mg Cloudberry
Iron 0.4mg 0.7mg Cloudberry
Magnesium 15mg Salmonberries
Phosphorus 27mg 35mg Cloudberry
Potassium 110mg Salmonberries
Sodium 14mg Cloudberry
Zinc 0.28mg Salmonberries
Copper 0.03mg Salmonberries
Manganese 1.1mg Salmonberries
Vitamin A 496IU 210IU Salmonberries
Vitamin A RAE 50µg Salmonberries
Vitamin E 1.61mg Salmonberries
Vitamin C 9.2mg 158mg Cloudberry
Vitamin B1 0.041mg 0.05mg Cloudberry
Vitamin B2 0.062mg 0.07mg Cloudberry
Vitamin B3 0.466mg 0.9mg Cloudberry
Vitamin B5 0.167mg Salmonberries
Vitamin B6 0.078mg Salmonberries
Folate 17µg Salmonberries
Vitamin K 14.8µg Salmonberries

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Salmonberries Cloudberry
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
16%
Salmonberries
45%
Cloudberry
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
21%
Salmonberries
5%
Cloudberry

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Salmonberries
Salmonberries is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Salmonberries
Salmonberries is lower in glycemic index (difference - 44)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Cloudberry
Cloudberry is lower in Sugar (difference - 3.66g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Cloudberry
Cloudberry contains less Sodium (difference - 14mg)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol ( mg)
Which food contains less Saturated Fat?
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The foods are relatively equal in Saturated Fat ( g)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($)
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

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Salmonberries - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168048/nutrients
  2. Cloudberry - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169802/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.