Banana vs. Lemon

Nutrition comparison of Banana and Lemon


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

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

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in banana and lemon:

  • Both lemon and banana are high in dietary fiber.
  • Banana has more riboflavin, niacin and Vitamin B6.
  • Banana is an excellent source of potassium.
  • Lemon has 3.8 times less sugar than banana.
  • Lemon has 59% less carbohydrates than banana.
  • Lemon has 67% less calories than banana.
  • Lemon is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
Detailed nutritional comparison of banana and lemon 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: Banana (Bananas, raw) and Lemon (Lemons, raw, without peel) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Lemon has 67% less calories than banana - lemon has 29 calories per 100 grams and banana has 89 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, banana is lighter in protein, heavier in carbs and similar to lemon for fat. Banana has a macronutrient ratio of 5:93:3 and for lemon, 10:84:6 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Banana Lemon
Protein 5% 10%
Carbohydrates 93% 84%
Fat 3% 6%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Lemon has 59% less carbohydrates than banana - lemon has 9.3g of total carbs per 100 grams and banana has 22.8g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Both lemon and banana are high in dietary fiber. Lemon has a little more dietary fiber (8%) than banana by weight - lemon has 2.8g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and banana has 2.6g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Lemon has 3.8 times less sugar than banana - lemon has 2.5g of sugar per 100 grams and banana has 12.2g of sugar.



Protein

protein

Lemon and banana contain similar amounts of protein - lemon has 1.1g of protein per 100 grams and banana has 1.1g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both lemon and banana are low in saturated fat - lemon has 0.04g of saturated fat per 100 grams and banana has 0.11g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Lemon is an excellent source of Vitamin C and it has 509% more Vitamin C than banana - lemon has 53mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and banana has 8.7mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Lemon and banana contain similar amounts of Vitamin A - lemon has 1ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and banana has 3ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin E

Lemon and banana contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - lemon has 0.15mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and banana has 0.1mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Banana and lemon contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - banana has 0.5ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and lemon does not contain significant amounts.

The B Vitamins

Banana has more riboflavin, niacin and Vitamin B6. Both banana and lemon contain significant amounts of thiamin, pantothenic acid and folate.

Banana Lemon
Thiamin 0.031 MG 0.04 MG
Riboflavin 0.073 MG 0.02 MG
Niacin 0.665 MG 0.1 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.334 MG 0.19 MG
Vitamin B6 0.367 MG 0.08 MG
Folate 20 UG 11 UG

Minerals

calcium

Lemon has 420% more calcium than banana - lemon has 26mg of calcium per 100 grams and banana has 5mg of calcium.

iron

Lemon and banana contain similar amounts of iron - lemon has 0.6mg of iron per 100 grams and banana has 0.26mg of iron.

potassium

Banana is an excellent source of potassium and it has 159% more potassium than lemon - lemon has 138mg of potassium per 100 grams and banana has 358mg of potassium.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

flavonoids

Naturally occuring in fruits and vegetables, flavonoids are associated with many health benefits and used in a variety of medicinal and pharmaceutical applications. [2][3]

For specific flavonoid compounds, both banana and lemon contain small amounts of kaempferol.

Banana Lemon
kaempferol 0.11 mg 0.03 mg
myricetin 0.01 mg 0.5 mg
Quercetin 0.06 mg 1.14 mg
luteolin ~ 1.9 mg

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, both banana and lemon contain significant amounts of lutein + zeaxanthin.

Banana Lemon
beta-carotene 26 UG 3 UG
alpha-carotene 25 UG 1 UG
lutein + zeaxanthin 22 UG 11 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, both banana and lemon contain significant amounts of alpha linoleic acid (ALA).

Banana Lemon
alpha linoleic acid 0.027 G 0.026 G
Total 0.027 G 0.026 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, both banana and lemon contain significant amounts of linoleic acid.

Banana Lemon
linoleic acid 0.046 G 0.063 G
Total 0.046 G 0.063 G



Customize your serving size


The comparison below is by weight, but sometimes 100g isn't that intuitive of a measurement for food. View a custom portion comparison (e.g. cups, oz, package).

You can try adding or subtracting the amount of either Banana or Lemon .

Note: The specific food items compared are: Banana (Bananas, raw) and Lemon (Lemons, raw, without peel) .

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