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Sweet potato vs Taro - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Sweet potato and Taro

  • Sweet potato is higher in Vitamin A, and Vitamin B5, yet Taro is higher in Vitamin E , Potassium, Vitamin B6, Manganese, and Phosphorus.
  • Sweet potato covers your daily Vitamin A needs 78% more than Taro.
  • Sweet potato contains 10 times more Sugar than Taro. While Sweet potato contains 4.18g of Sugar, Taro contains only 0.4g.

Food varieties used in this article are Sweet potato, raw, unprepared and Taro, raw.

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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 +10.9%
Contains more Zinc +30.4%
Contains more Calcium +43.3%
Contains more Potassium +75.4%
Contains more Magnesium +32%
Contains more Copper +13.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +78.7%
Contains less Sodium -80%
Equal in Iron - 0.55
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 23% 9% 30% 18% 51% 9% 21% 8%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 21% 13% 53% 24% 58% 7% 36% 2%
Contains more Iron +10.9%
Contains more Zinc +30.4%
Contains more Calcium +43.3%
Contains more Potassium +75.4%
Contains more Magnesium +32%
Contains more Copper +13.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +78.7%
Contains less Sodium -80%
Equal in Iron - 0.55

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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Taro
Contains more Vitamin A +18567.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +144%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +164%
Contains more Vitamin K +80%
Contains more Vitamin C +87.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +815.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +21.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +35.4%
Contains more Folate +100%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 0.6
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 8% 852% 6% 0% 20% 15% 11% 48% 49% 0% 5% 9%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 15% 5% 48% 0% 24% 6% 12% 19% 66% 0% 3% 17%
Contains more Vitamin A +18567.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +144%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +164%
Contains more Vitamin K +80%
Contains more Vitamin C +87.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +815.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +21.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +35.4%
Contains more Folate +100%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 0.6

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
85
Sweet potato
18
Taro
Mineral Summary Score
21
Sweet potato
26
Taro

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
9%
Sweet potato
9%
Taro
Carbohydrates
20%
Sweet potato
26%
Taro
Fats
0%
Sweet potato
1%
Taro

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.
Sweet potato Taro
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

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is better in case of low diet
Sweet potato Taro
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 Sugar?
Taro
Taro is lower in Sugar (difference - 3.78g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Taro
Taro contains less Sodium (difference - 44mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Taro
Taro is lower in glycemic index (difference - 17)
Which food is cheaper?
Taro
Taro is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Sweet potato
Sweet potato is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.023g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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.
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 Sweet potato Taro Opinion
Calories 86 112 Taro
Protein 1.57 1.5 Sweet potato
Fats 0.05 0.2 Taro
Vitamin C 2.4 4.5 Taro
Net carbs 17.1200008392334 22.360000610351562 Taro
Carbs 20.12 26.46 Taro
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 0.61 0.55 Sweet potato
Calcium 30 43 Taro
Potassium 337 591 Taro
Magnesium 25 33 Taro
Sugar 4.18 0.4 Taro
Fiber 3 4.1 Taro
Copper 0.151 0.172 Taro
Zinc 0.3 0.23 Sweet potato
Starch 12.65 Sweet potato
Phosphorus 47 84 Taro
Sodium 55 11 Taro
Vitamin A 14187 76 Sweet potato
Vitamin E 0.26 2.38 Taro
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.078 0.095 Taro
Vitamin B2 0.061 0.025 Sweet potato
Vitamin B3 0.557 0.6 Taro
Vitamin B5 0.8 0.303 Sweet potato
Vitamin B6 0.209 0.283 Taro
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 1.8 1 Sweet potato
Folate 11 22 Taro
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.018 0.041 Sweet potato
Monounsaturated Fat 0.001 0.016 Taro
Polyunsaturated fat 0.014 0.083 Taro
Tryptophan 0.031 0.023 Sweet potato
Threonine 0.083 0.069 Sweet potato
Isoleucine 0.055 0.054 Sweet potato
Leucine 0.092 0.111 Taro
Lysine 0.066 0.067 Taro
Methionine 0.029 0.02 Sweet potato
Phenylalanine 0.089 0.082 Sweet potato
Valine 0.086 0.082 Sweet potato
Histidine 0.031 0.034 Taro
Fructose 0.7 Sweet potato

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. Sweet potato - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168482/nutrients
  2. Taro - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169308/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.