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Turnip vs. Sweet potato — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Differences between Turnip and Sweet potato

  • Turnip has more Vitamin C, while Sweet potato has more Vitamin A RAE, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Copper, and Manganese.
  • Sweet potato's daily need coverage for Vitamin A RAE is 79% higher.
  • Sweet potato contains 9 times less Vitamin C than Turnip. Turnip contains 21mg of Vitamin C, while Sweet potato contains 2.4mg.

The food types used in this comparison are Turnips, 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Selenium +16.7%
Contains more Iron +103.3%
Contains more Magnesium +127.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +74.1%
Contains more Potassium +76.4%
Contains less Sodium -17.9%
Contains more Zinc +11.1%
Contains more Copper +77.6%
Contains more Manganese +92.5%
Equal in Calcium - 30
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 9% 12% 8% 12% 17% 9% 8% 29% 18% 4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 9% 23% 18% 21% 30% 8% 9% 51% 34% 4%
Contains more Selenium +16.7%
Contains more Iron +103.3%
Contains more Magnesium +127.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +74.1%
Contains more Potassium +76.4%
Contains less Sodium -17.9%
Contains more Zinc +11.1%
Contains more Copper +77.6%
Contains more Manganese +92.5%
Equal in Calcium - 30

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Turnip
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Contains more Vitamin C +775%
Contains more Folate +36.4%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +766.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +95%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +103.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +39.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +300%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +132.2%
Contains more Choline +10.8%
Contains more Vitamin K +1700%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 1% 0% 70% 10% 7% 8% 12% 21% 12% 0% 7% 1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 852% 6% 0% 8% 20% 15% 11% 48% 49% 9% 0% 7% 5%
Contains more Vitamin C +775%
Contains more Folate +36.4%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +766.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +95%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +103.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +39.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +300%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +132.2%
Contains more Choline +10.8%
Contains more Vitamin K +1700%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +100%
Contains more Water +18.9%
Contains more Protein +74.4%
Contains more Carbs +212.9%
Contains more Other +40%
6% 92%
Protein: 0.9 g
Fats: 0.1 g
Carbs: 6.43 g
Water: 91.87 g
Other: 0.7 g
20% 77%
Protein: 1.57 g
Fats: 0.05 g
Carbs: 20.12 g
Water: 77.28 g
Other: 0.98 g
Contains more Fats +100%
Contains more Water +18.9%
Contains more Protein +74.4%
Contains more Carbs +212.9%
Contains more Other +40%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -38.9%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +500%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +278.6%
16% 9% 76%
Saturated Fat: 0.011 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.006 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.053 g
55% 3% 42%
Saturated Fat: 0.018 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.014 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -38.9%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +500%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +278.6%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Turnip Sweet potato
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Turnip Sweet potato Opinion
Net carbs 4.63g 17.12g Sweet potato
Protein 0.9g 1.57g Sweet potato
Fats 0.1g 0.05g Turnip
Carbs 6.43g 20.12g Sweet potato
Calories 28kcal 86kcal Sweet potato
Starch 12.65g Sweet potato
Fructose 0.7g Sweet potato
Sugar 3.8g 4.18g Turnip
Fiber 1.8g 3g Sweet potato
Calcium 30mg 30mg
Iron 0.3mg 0.61mg Sweet potato
Magnesium 11mg 25mg Sweet potato
Phosphorus 27mg 47mg Sweet potato
Potassium 191mg 337mg Sweet potato
Sodium 67mg 55mg Sweet potato
Zinc 0.27mg 0.3mg Sweet potato
Copper 0.085mg 0.151mg Sweet potato
Manganese 0.134mg 0.258mg Sweet potato
Selenium 0.7µg 0.6µg Turnip
Vitamin A 0IU 14187IU Sweet potato
Vitamin A RAE 0µg 709µg Sweet potato
Vitamin E 0.03mg 0.26mg Sweet potato
Vitamin C 21mg 2.4mg Turnip
Vitamin B1 0.04mg 0.078mg Sweet potato
Vitamin B2 0.03mg 0.061mg Sweet potato
Vitamin B3 0.4mg 0.557mg Sweet potato
Vitamin B5 0.2mg 0.8mg Sweet potato
Vitamin B6 0.09mg 0.209mg Sweet potato
Folate 15µg 11µg Turnip
Choline 11.1mg 12.3mg Sweet potato
Vitamin K 0.1µg 1.8µg Sweet potato
Tryptophan 0.009mg 0.031mg Sweet potato
Threonine 0.025mg 0.083mg Sweet potato
Isoleucine 0.036mg 0.055mg Sweet potato
Leucine 0.033mg 0.092mg Sweet potato
Lysine 0.036mg 0.066mg Sweet potato
Methionine 0.011mg 0.029mg Sweet potato
Phenylalanine 0.017mg 0.089mg Sweet potato
Valine 0.03mg 0.086mg Sweet potato
Histidine 0.014mg 0.031mg Sweet potato
Saturated Fat 0.011g 0.018g Turnip
Monounsaturated Fat 0.006g 0.001g Turnip
Polyunsaturated fat 0.053g 0.014g Turnip

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Turnip Sweet potato
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
11%
Turnip
79%
Sweet potato
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
12%
Turnip
20%
Sweet potato

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Turnip
Turnip is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.38g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Turnip
Turnip is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.007g)
Which food is cheaper?
Turnip
Turnip is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Sweet potato
Sweet potato contains less Sodium (difference - 12mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Sweet potato
Sweet potato is lower in glycemic index (difference - 3)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Sweet potato
Sweet potato is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Sweet potato
Sweet potato is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Turnip - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170465/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.