Rhubarb vs. Asparagus

Nutrition comparison of Rhubarb and Asparagus


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

We compared the nutritional contents of rhubarb versus asparagus (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in rhubarb and asparagus:

  • Both rhubarb and asparagus are high in potassium.
  • Asparagus has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and folate.
  • Asparagus is a great source of iron.
  • Rhubarb is an excellent source of calcium.
Detailed nutritional comparison of rhubarb and asparagus 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: Rhubarb (Rhubarb, raw) and Asparagus (Asparagus, raw) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Rhubarb and asparagus contain similar amounts of calories - rhubarb has 21 calories per 100 grams and asparagus has 20 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, rhubarb is lighter in protein, heavier in carbs and similar to asparagus for fat. Rhubarb has a macronutrient ratio of 16:78:6 and for asparagus, 34:61:5 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Rhubarb Asparagus
Protein 16% 34%
Carbohydrates 78% 61%
Fat 6% 5%
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carbohydrates

Both rhubarb and asparagus are low in carbohydrates - rhubarb has 4.5g of total carbs per 100 grams and asparagus has 3.9g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Rhubarb and asparagus contain similar amounts of dietary fiber - rhubarb has 1.8g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and asparagus has 2.1g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Rhubarb and asparagus contain similar amounts of sugar - rhubarb has 1.1g of sugar per 100 grams and asparagus has 1.9g of sugar.



Protein

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Rhubarb and asparagus contain similar amounts of protein - rhubarb has 0.9g of protein per 100 grams and asparagus has 2.2g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both rhubarb and asparagus are low in saturated fat - rhubarb has 0.05g of saturated fat per 100 grams and asparagus has 0.04g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Rhubarb has 43% more Vitamin C than asparagus - rhubarb has 8mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and asparagus has 5.6mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Asparagus has 660% more Vitamin A than rhubarb - rhubarb has 5ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and asparagus has 38ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin E

Rhubarb and asparagus contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - rhubarb has 0.27mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and asparagus has 1.1mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Rhubarb and asparagus contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - rhubarb has 29.3ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and asparagus has 41.6ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

Asparagus has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and folate.

Rhubarb Asparagus
Thiamin 0.02 MG 0.143 MG
Riboflavin 0.03 MG 0.141 MG
Niacin 0.3 MG 0.978 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.085 MG 0.274 MG
Vitamin B6 0.024 MG 0.091 MG
Folate 7 UG 52 UG

Minerals

calcium

Rhubarb is an excellent source of calcium and it has 258% more calcium than asparagus - rhubarb has 86mg of calcium per 100 grams and asparagus has 24mg of calcium.

iron

Asparagus is a great source of iron and it has 873% more iron than rhubarb - rhubarb has 0.22mg of iron per 100 grams and asparagus has 2.1mg of iron.

potassium

Both rhubarb and asparagus are high in potassium. Rhubarb has 43% more potassium than asparagus - rhubarb has 288mg of potassium per 100 grams and asparagus has 202mg 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,

Rhubarb Asparagus
beta-carotene 61 UG 449 UG
lutein + zeaxanthin 170 UG 710 UG
alpha-carotene ~ 9 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, rhubarb has more linoleic acid than asparagus per 100 grams.

Rhubarb Asparagus
linoleic acid 0.099 G 0.04 G
Total 0.099 G 0.04 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: Rhubarb (Rhubarb, raw) and Asparagus (Asparagus, raw) .

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