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Summer squash vs Cucumber - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Summer squash and Cucumber?

  • Summer squash is richer in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, and Folate, yet Cucumber is richer in Vitamin K.
  • Summer squash's daily need coverage for Vitamin C is 16% higher.
  • Summer squash has 5 times more Vitamin B6 than Cucumber. Summer squash has 0.218mg of Vitamin B6, while Cucumber has 0.04mg.

We used Squash, summer, all varieties, raw and Cucumber, with peel, 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
Contains more Iron +25%
Contains more Magnesium +30.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +58.3%
Contains more Potassium +78.2%
Contains more Zinc +45%
Contains more Copper +24.4%
Equal in Calcium - 16
Equal in Sodium - 2
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 5% 14% 13% 17% 24% 1% 8% 17%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 5% 11% 10% 11% 13% 1% 6% 14%
Contains more Iron +25%
Contains more Magnesium +30.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +58.3%
Contains more Potassium +78.2%
Contains more Zinc +45%
Contains more Copper +24.4%
Equal in Calcium - 16
Equal in Sodium - 2

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 +90.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +300%
Contains more Vitamin C +507.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +77.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +330.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +396.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +445%
Contains more Folate +314.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +67.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +446.7%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 12% 3% 0% 57% 12% 33% 10% 10% 51% 22% 0% 8%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 7% 1% 0% 10% 7% 8% 2% 16% 10% 6% 0% 41%
Contains more Vitamin A +90.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +300%
Contains more Vitamin C +507.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +77.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +330.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +396.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +445%
Contains more Folate +314.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +67.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +446.7%

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.
Summer squash Cucumber
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Sodium Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Summer squash Cucumber Opinion
Net carbs 2.25g 3.13g Cucumber
Protein 1.21g 0.65g Summer squash
Fats 0.18g 0.11g Summer squash
Carbs 3.35g 3.63g Cucumber
Calories 16kcal 15kcal Summer squash
Starch g 0.83g Cucumber
Fructose 0.95g 0.87g Summer squash
Sugar 2.2g 1.67g Cucumber
Fiber 1.1g 0.5g Summer squash
Calcium 15mg 16mg Cucumber
Iron 0.35mg 0.28mg Summer squash
Magnesium 17mg 13mg Summer squash
Phosphorus 38mg 24mg Summer squash
Potassium 262mg 147mg Summer squash
Sodium 2mg 2mg
Zinc 0.29mg 0.2mg Summer squash
Copper 0.051mg 0.041mg Summer squash
Vitamin A 200IU 105IU Summer squash
Vitamin E 0.12mg 0.03mg Summer squash
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 17mg 2.8mg Summer squash
Vitamin B1 0.048mg 0.027mg Summer squash
Vitamin B2 0.142mg 0.033mg Summer squash
Vitamin B3 0.487mg 0.098mg Summer squash
Vitamin B5 0.155mg 0.259mg Cucumber
Vitamin B6 0.218mg 0.04mg Summer squash
Folate 29µg 7µg Summer squash
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 3µg 16.4µg Cucumber
Tryptophan 0.011mg 0.005mg Summer squash
Threonine 0.028mg 0.019mg Summer squash
Isoleucine 0.042mg 0.021mg Summer squash
Leucine 0.069mg 0.029mg Summer squash
Lysine 0.065mg 0.029mg Summer squash
Methionine 0.017mg 0.006mg Summer squash
Phenylalanine 0.041mg 0.019mg Summer squash
Valine 0.053mg 0.022mg Summer squash
Histidine 0.025mg 0.01mg Summer squash
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.044g 0.037g Cucumber
Monounsaturated Fat 0.016g 0.005g Summer squash
Polyunsaturated fat 0.089g 0.032g Summer squash

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Summer squash Cucumber
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
Summer squash
9
Cucumber
Mineral Summary Score
12
Summer squash
8
Cucumber

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
7%
Summer squash
4%
Cucumber
Carbohydrates
3%
Summer squash
4%
Cucumber
Fats
1%
Summer squash
1%
Cucumber

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Summer squash
Summer squash is lower in glycemic index (difference - 8)
Which food is cheaper?
Summer squash
Summer squash is cheaper (difference - $0.4)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Summer squash
Summer squash is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Summer squash
Summer squash is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Cucumber
Cucumber is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.53g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Cucumber
Cucumber is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.007g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sodium (2 mg)
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. Summer squash - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170487/nutrients
  2. Cucumber - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168409/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.