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Paprika vs Cayenne pepper - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Paprika and Cayenne pepper different?

  • Paprika is higher in Iron, Vitamin A RAE, Copper, Fiber, Vitamin B2, and Zinc, however Cayenne pepper is richer in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese, and Folate.
  • Daily need coverage for Iron from Paprika is 167% higher.
  • Paprika contains 2 times more Copper than Cayenne pepper. While Paprika contains 0.713mg of Copper, Cayenne pepper contains only 0.373mg.

Spices, paprika and Spices, pepper, red or cayenne are the varieties used in this article.

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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
Contains more Calcium +54.7%
Contains more Iron +171%
Contains more Magnesium +17.1%
Contains more Potassium +13.2%
Contains more Zinc +74.6%
Contains more Copper +91.2%
Contains less Sodium -55.9%
Equal in Phosphorus - 293
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 69% 793% 128% 135% 202% 9% 119% 238%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 45% 293% 109% 126% 178% 4% 68% 125%
Contains more Calcium +54.7%
Contains more Iron +171%
Contains more Magnesium +17.1%
Contains more Potassium +13.2%
Contains more Zinc +74.6%
Contains more Copper +91.2%
Contains less Sodium -55.9%
Equal in Phosphorus - 293

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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Contains more Vitamin A +18.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +33.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +15.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +8388.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +14.4%
Contains more Folate +116.3%
Equal in Vitamin E - 29.83
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.328
Equal in Vitamin K - 80.3
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 2956% 583% 0% 3% 83% 284% 189% 151% 495% 37% 0% 201%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 2497% 597% 0% 255% 82% 213% 164% 0% 566% 80% 0% 201%
Contains more Vitamin A +18.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +33.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +15.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +8388.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +14.4%
Contains more Folate +116.3%
Equal in Vitamin E - 29.83
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.328
Equal in Vitamin K - 80.3

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.
Paprika Cayenne pepper
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Paprika Cayenne pepper Opinion
Net carbs 19.09g 29.43g Cayenne pepper
Protein 14.14g 12.01g Paprika
Fats 12.89g 17.27g Cayenne pepper
Carbs 53.99g 56.63g Cayenne pepper
Calories 282kcal 318kcal Cayenne pepper
Starch g g
Fructose 6.71g g Paprika
Sugar 10.34g 10.34g
Fiber 34.9g 27.2g Paprika
Calcium 229mg 148mg Paprika
Iron 21.14mg 7.8mg Paprika
Magnesium 178mg 152mg Paprika
Phosphorus 314mg 293mg Paprika
Potassium 2280mg 2014mg Paprika
Sodium 68mg 30mg Cayenne pepper
Zinc 4.33mg 2.48mg Paprika
Copper 0.713mg 0.373mg Paprika
Vitamin A 49254IU 41610IU Paprika
Vitamin E 29.1mg 29.83mg Cayenne pepper
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0.9mg 76.4mg Cayenne pepper
Vitamin B1 0.33mg 0.328mg Paprika
Vitamin B2 1.23mg 0.919mg Paprika
Vitamin B3 10.06mg 8.701mg Paprika
Vitamin B5 2.51mg mg Paprika
Vitamin B6 2.141mg 2.45mg Cayenne pepper
Folate 49µg 106µg Cayenne pepper
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 80.3µg 80.3µg
Tryptophan 0.07mg mg Paprika
Threonine 0.49mg mg Paprika
Isoleucine 0.57mg mg Paprika
Leucine 0.92mg mg Paprika
Lysine 0.69mg mg Paprika
Methionine 0.2mg mg Paprika
Phenylalanine 0.61mg mg Paprika
Valine 0.75mg mg Paprika
Histidine 0.25mg mg Paprika
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g g Cayenne pepper
Saturated Fat 2.14g 3.26g Paprika
Monounsaturated Fat 1.695g 2.75g Cayenne pepper
Polyunsaturated fat 7.766g 8.37g Cayenne pepper

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Paprika Cayenne pepper
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
415
Paprika
388
Cayenne pepper
Mineral Summary Score
211
Paprika
118
Cayenne pepper

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
85%
Paprika
72%
Cayenne pepper
Carbohydrates
54%
Paprika
57%
Cayenne pepper
Fats
59%
Paprika
80%
Cayenne pepper

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Paprika
Paprika is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.12g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Paprika
Paprika is lower in glycemic index (difference - 32)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Paprika
Paprika is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sodium?
Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper contains less Sodium (difference - 38mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is cheaper (difference - $0.1)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar (10.34 g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
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

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. Paprika - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171329/nutrients
  2. Cayenne pepper - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170932/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.