Banana vs. Carrots

Nutrition comparison of Banana and Carrots


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

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

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

  • Both carrots and banana are high in dietary fiber and potassium.
  • Banana has more Vitamin B6.
  • Carrot has 54% less calories than banana.
  • Carrot has 58% less carbohydrates than banana.
  • Carrot has 61% less sugar than banana.
  • Carrot is an excellent source of Vitamin A.
Detailed nutritional comparison of banana and carrots 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 Carrots (Carrots, raw) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Carrot has 54% less calories than banana - carrot has 41 calories per 100 grams and banana has 89 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, banana is heavier in carbs and similar to carrots for protein and fat. Banana has a macronutrient ratio of 5:93:3 and for carrots, 8:88:4 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Banana Carrots
Protein 5% 8%
Carbohydrates 93% 88%
Fat 3% 4%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Carrot has 58% less carbohydrates than banana - carrot has 9.6g of total carbs per 100 grams and banana has 22.8g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

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

sugar

Carrot has 61% less sugar than banana - carrot has 4.7g of sugar per 100 grams and banana has 12.2g of sugar.

Protein

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Carrots and banana contain similar amounts of protein - carrot has 0.93g of protein per 100 grams and banana has 1.1g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both carrots and banana are low in saturated fat - carrot has 0.03g of saturated fat per 100 grams and banana has 0.11g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Banana has 47% more Vitamin C than carrot - carrot has 5.9mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and banana has 8.7mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Carrot is an excellent source of Vitamin A and it has 277 times more Vitamin A than banana - carrot has 835ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and banana has 3ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin E

Carrots and banana contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - carrot has 0.66mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and banana has 0.1mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Carrots and banana contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - carrot has 13.2ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and banana has 0.5ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

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

Banana Carrots
Thiamin 0.031 MG 0.066 MG
Riboflavin 0.073 MG 0.058 MG
Niacin 0.665 MG 0.983 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.334 MG 0.273 MG
Vitamin B6 0.367 MG 0.138 MG
Folate 20 UG 19 UG

Minerals

calcium

Carrot has 560% more calcium than banana - carrot has 33mg of calcium per 100 grams and banana has 5mg of calcium.

iron

Carrots and banana contain similar amounts of iron - carrot has 0.3mg of iron per 100 grams and banana has 0.26mg of iron.

potassium

Both carrots and banana are high in potassium. Carrot is very similar to carrot for potassium - carrot has 320mg 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 carrots contain small amounts of myricetin.

Banana Carrots
kaempferol 0.11 mg 0.24 mg
myricetin 0.01 mg 0.04 mg
Quercetin 0.06 mg 0.21 mg
luteolin ~ 0.11 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,

Banana Carrots
beta-carotene 26 UG 8285 UG
alpha-carotene 25 UG 3477 UG
lutein + zeaxanthin 22 UG 256 UG
lycopene ~ 1 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, banana has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) than carrot per 100 grams.

Banana Carrots
alpha linoleic acid 0.027 G 0.002 G
Total 0.027 G 0.002 G

omega 6s

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

Banana Carrots
linoleic acid 0.046 G 0.1 G
Total 0.046 G 0.1 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 Carrots .

Note: The specific food items compared are: Banana (Bananas, raw) and Carrots (Carrots, raw) .

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FAQ

Does carrots or banana contain more calories in 100 grams?
Carrot has 50% less calories than banana - carrot has 41 calories in 100g and banana has 89 calories.

Does carrots or banana have more carbohydrates?
By weight, carrot has 60% fewer carbohydrates than banana - carrot has 9.6g of carbs for 100g and banana has 22.8g of carbohydrates.

Does carrots or banana contain more potassium?
Both carrots and banana are high in potassium. Carrot is very similar to carrot for potassium - carrot has 320mg of potassium in 100 grams and banana has 358mg of potassium.

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