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Taro vs Sweet potato - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Taro and Sweet potato

  • Taro is higher in Vitamin E , Potassium, Vitamin B6, Manganese, and Phosphorus, yet Sweet potato is higher in Vitamin A, and Vitamin B5.
  • Sweet potato covers your daily Vitamin A needs 78% more than Taro.
  • Taro contains 9 times more Vitamin E than Sweet potato. While Taro contains 2.38mg of Vitamin E , Sweet potato contains only 0.26mg.
  • The amount of Sugar in Taro is lower.

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

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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 +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%
Contains more Iron +10.9%
Contains more Zinc +30.4%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 21% 13% 53% 24% 58% 7% 36% 2%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 23% 9% 30% 18% 51% 9% 21% 8%
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%
Contains more Iron +10.9%
Contains more Zinc +30.4%

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
Taro
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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%
Contains more Vitamin A +18567.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +144%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +164%
Contains more Vitamin K +80%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 0.557
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%
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%
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%
Contains more Vitamin A +18567.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +144%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +164%
Contains more Vitamin K +80%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 0.557

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

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

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.
Taro Sweet potato
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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Taro Sweet potato
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 Taro Sweet potato Opinion
Calories 112 86 Taro
Protein 1.5 1.57 Sweet potato
Fats 0.2 0.05 Taro
Vitamin C 4.5 2.4 Taro
Carbs 26.46 20.12 Taro
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 0.55 0.61 Sweet potato
Calcium 43 30 Taro
Potassium 591 337 Taro
Magnesium 33 25 Taro
Sugar 0.4 4.18 Taro
Fiber 4.1 3 Taro
Copper 0.172 0.151 Taro
Zinc 0.23 0.3 Sweet potato
Starch 12.65 Sweet potato
Phosphorus 84 47 Taro
Sodium 11 55 Taro
Vitamin A 76 14187 Sweet potato
Vitamin E 2.38 0.26 Taro
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.095 0.078 Taro
Vitamin B2 0.025 0.061 Sweet potato
Vitamin B3 0.6 0.557 Taro
Vitamin B5 0.303 0.8 Sweet potato
Vitamin B6 0.283 0.209 Taro
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 1 1.8 Sweet potato
Folate 22 11 Taro
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.041 0.018 Sweet potato
Monounsaturated Fat 0.016 0.001 Taro
Polyunsaturated fat 0.083 0.014 Taro
Tryptophan 0.023 0.031 Sweet potato
Threonine 0.069 0.083 Sweet potato
Isoleucine 0.054 0.055 Sweet potato
Leucine 0.111 0.092 Taro
Lysine 0.067 0.066 Taro
Methionine 0.02 0.029 Sweet potato
Phenylalanine 0.082 0.089 Sweet potato
Valine 0.082 0.086 Sweet potato
Histidine 0.034 0.031 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. Taro - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169308/nutrients
  2. Sweet potato - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168482/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.