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Cayenne pepper vs Paprika - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Cayenne pepper and Paprika different?

  • Cayenne pepper is higher in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese, and Folate, however Paprika is richer in Iron, Vitamin A, Copper, Fiber, Vitamin B2, and Zinc.
  • Daily need coverage for Iron from Paprika is 167% higher.
  • Cayenne pepper contains 85 times more Vitamin C than Paprika. While Cayenne pepper contains 76.4mg of Vitamin C, Paprika contains only 0.9mg.

Spices, pepper, red or cayenne and Spices, paprika 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 less Sodium -55.9%
Contains more Iron +171%
Contains more Calcium +54.7%
Contains more Potassium +13.2%
Contains more Magnesium +17.1%
Contains more Copper +91.2%
Contains more Zinc +74.6%
Equal in Phosphorus - 314
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 293% 45% 178% 109% 125% 68% 126% 4%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 793% 69% 202% 128% 238% 119% 135% 9%
Contains less Sodium -55.9%
Contains more Iron +171%
Contains more Calcium +54.7%
Contains more Potassium +13.2%
Contains more Magnesium +17.1%
Contains more Copper +91.2%
Contains more Zinc +74.6%
Equal in Phosphorus - 314

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 C +8388.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +14.4%
Contains more Folate +116.3%
Contains more Vitamin A +18.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +33.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +15.6%
Equal in Vitamin E - 29.1
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.33
Equal in Vitamin K - 80.3
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 255% 2497% 597% 0% 82% 213% 164% 0% 566% 0% 201% 80%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 3% 2956% 583% 0% 83% 284% 189% 151% 495% 0% 201% 37%
Contains more Vitamin C +8388.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +14.4%
Contains more Folate +116.3%
Contains more Vitamin A +18.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +33.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +15.6%
Equal in Vitamin E - 29.1
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.33
Equal in Vitamin K - 80.3

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

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

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

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Cayenne pepper Paprika
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 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 Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar (10.34 g)
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

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