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Sugar vs Corn syrup - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Sugar and Corn syrup

  • Corn syrup is richer than Sugar in Copper.

Food types used in this article are Sugars, granulated and Syrups, corn, dark.

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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 -99.4%
Contains more Iron +640%
Contains more Calcium +1700%
Contains more Potassium +2100%
Contains more Magnesium +∞%
Contains more Copper +657.1%
Contains more Zinc +300%
Contains more Phosphorus +∞%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 2% 1% 1% 0% 3% 1% 0% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 14% 6% 4% 6% 18% 2% 5% 21%
Contains less Sodium -99.4%
Contains more Iron +640%
Contains more Calcium +1700%
Contains more Potassium +2100%
Contains more Magnesium +∞%
Contains more Copper +657.1%
Contains more Zinc +300%
Contains more Phosphorus +∞%

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
Sugar
1
:
Contains more Vitamin B2 +111.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 5% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 3% 3% 1% 2% 3% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +111.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%

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
0
Sugar
1
Corn syrup
Mineral Summary Score
1
Sugar
9
Corn syrup

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
0%
Sugar
0%
Corn syrup
Carbohydrates
100%
Sugar
78%
Corn syrup
Fats
0%
Sugar
0%
Corn syrup

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

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Sugar Corn syrup
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet Equal
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Sugar
Sugar contains less Sodium (difference - 154mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Sugar
Sugar is lower in glycemic index (difference - 25)
Which food is cheaper?
Sugar
Sugar is cheaper (difference - $2.7)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Corn syrup
Corn syrup is lower in Sugar (difference - 22.21g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Corn syrup
Corn syrup is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
?
The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food contains less Saturated Fat?
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The foods are relatively equal in Saturated Fat (0 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 Sugar Corn syrup Opinion
Calories 387 286 Sugar
Protein 0 0
Fats 0 0
Vitamin C 0 0
Net carbs 99.9800033569336 77.58999633789062 Sugar
Carbs 99.98 77.59 Sugar
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 0.05 0.37 Corn syrup
Calcium 1 18 Corn syrup
Potassium 2 44 Corn syrup
Magnesium 0 8 Corn syrup
Sugar 99.8 77.59 Corn syrup
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.007 0.053 Corn syrup
Zinc 0.01 0.04 Corn syrup
Starch
Phosphorus 0 11 Corn syrup
Sodium 1 155 Sugar
Vitamin A 0 0
Vitamin E 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0 0.011 Corn syrup
Vitamin B2 0.019 0.009 Sugar
Vitamin B3 0 0.02 Corn syrup
Vitamin B5 0 0.023 Corn syrup
Vitamin B6 0 0.009 Corn syrup
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 0 0
Folate 0 0
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 0 0
Monounsaturated Fat 0 0
Polyunsaturated fat 0 0
Tryptophan
Threonine
Isoleucine
Leucine
Lysine
Methionine
Phenylalanine
Valine
Histidine
Fructose 0 Sugar

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. Sugar - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169655/nutrients
  2. Corn syrup - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168836/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.