Cocoa Powder vs. Lima Beans

Nutrition comparison of Cocoa Powder and Lima Beans


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of cocoa powder versus lima beans (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in cocoa powder and lima beans:

  • Both lima beans and cocoa powder are high in calories, dietary fiber, iron and potassium.
  • Cocoa powder has more lutein + zeaxanthin than lima bean, however, lima bean contains more beta-carotene than cocoa powder.
  • Cocoa powder is an excellent source of calcium and protein.
  • Lima bean has more thiamin, however, cocoa powder contains more riboflavin.
  • Lima bean is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
Detailed nutritional comparison of cocoa powder and lima beans is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Cocoa Powder (Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened) and Lima Beans (Lima beans, immature seeds, raw) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

calories

Both lima beans and cocoa powder are high in calories - lima bean has 113kcal of calories per 100 grams and cocoa powder has 228kcal of calories.

dietary fiber

Both lima beans and cocoa powder are high in dietary fiber - lima bean has 4.9g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and cocoa powder has 37g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Lima beans and cocoa powder contain similar amounts of sugar - lima bean has 1.5g of sugar per 100 grams and cocoa powder has 1.8g of sugar.

Protein

protein

Cocoa powder is an excellent source of protein and it has more protein than lima bean - lima bean has 6.8g of protein per 100 grams and cocoa powder has 19.6g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Cocoa powder is high in saturated fat and lima bean has less saturated fat than cocoa powder - lima bean has 0.2g of saturated fat per 100 grams and cocoa powder has 8.1g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Lima bean is an excellent source of Vitamin C and it has more Vitamin C than cocoa powder - lima bean has 23.4mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and cocoa powder does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin A

Lima bean has more Vitamin A than cocoa powder - lima bean has 10ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and cocoa powder does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Lima beans and cocoa powder contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - lima bean has 0.32mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and cocoa powder has 0.1mg of Vitamin E.

The B Vitamins

Lima bean has more thiamin, however, cocoa powder contains more riboflavin. Both cocoa powder and lima beans contain significant amounts of niacin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and folate.

Cocoa Powder Lima Beans
Thiamin 0.078 MG 0.217 MG
Riboflavin 0.241 MG 0.103 MG
Niacin 2.185 MG 1.474 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.254 MG 0.247 MG
Vitamin B6 0.118 MG 0.204 MG
Folate 32 UG 34 UG

Minerals

calcium

Cocoa powder is an excellent source of calcium and it has more calcium than lima bean - lima bean has 34mg of calcium per 100 grams and cocoa powder has 128mg of calcium.

iron

Both lima beans and cocoa powder are high in iron - lima bean has 3.1mg of iron per 100 grams and cocoa powder has 13.9mg of iron.

potassium

Both lima beans and cocoa powder are high in potassium - lima bean has 467mg of potassium per 100 grams and cocoa powder has 1524mg of potassium.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

carotenoids

Carotenoids are micronutrients commonly found in plants and some animal products. An example is beta-carotene, the notable carotenoid which is a popular source of Vitamin A.[4][5]
For specific types of carotenoids, Cocoa powder has more lutein + zeaxanthin than lima bean per 100 grams, however, lima bean contains more beta-carotene than cocoa powder per 100 grams.

Cocoa Powder Lima Beans
lutein + zeaxanthin 38 UG ~
beta-carotene ~ 126 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, both cocoa powder and lima beans contain significant amounts of linoleic acid.

Cocoa Powder Lima Beans
linoleic acid 0.44 G 0.283 G
Total 0.44 G 0.283 G



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The comparison below is by common portions, e.g. cups, packages. You can also see a more concrete comparison by weight at equal weight (by grams) comparison.

Note: The specific food items compared are: Cocoa Powder (Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened) and Lima Beans (Lima beans, immature seeds, raw) .

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