Banana vs. Cucumber

Nutrition comparison of Banana and Cucumber


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

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

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

  • Banana has more riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and folate.
  • Banana is a great source of dietary fiber.
  • Banana is an excellent source of potassium.
  • Cucumber has 5.2 times less carbohydrates than banana.
  • Cucumber has 6.3 times less sugar than banana.
  • Cucumber has signficantly less calories than banana.
Detailed nutritional comparison of banana and cucumber 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 Cucumber (Cucumber, with peel, raw) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

calories

Cucumber has signficantly less calories than banana - cucumber has 15 calories per 100 grams and banana has 89 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, banana is lighter in protein, heavier in carbs and similar to cucumber for fat. Banana has a macronutrient ratio of 5:93:3 and for cucumber, 15:80:5 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Banana Cucumber
Protein 5% 15%
Carbohydrates 93% 80%
Fat 3% 5%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Cucumber has 5.2 times less carbohydrates than banana - cucumber has 3.6g of total carbs per 100 grams and banana has 22.8g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Banana is a great source of dietary fiber and it has 420% more dietary fiber than cucumber - cucumber has 0.5g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and banana has 2.6g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Cucumber has 6.3 times less sugar than banana - cucumber has 1.7g of sugar per 100 grams and banana has 12.2g of sugar.



Protein

protein

Cucumber and banana contain similar amounts of protein - cucumber has 0.65g of protein per 100 grams and banana has 1.1g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

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

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Banana has 211% more Vitamin C than cucumber - cucumber has 2.8mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and banana has 8.7mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Cucumber and banana contain similar amounts of Vitamin A - cucumber has 5ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and banana has 3ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin E

Cucumber and banana contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - cucumber has 0.03mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and banana has 0.1mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Cucumber and banana contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - cucumber has 16.4ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and banana has 0.5ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

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

Banana Cucumber
Thiamin 0.031 MG 0.027 MG
Riboflavin 0.073 MG 0.033 MG
Niacin 0.665 MG 0.098 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.334 MG 0.259 MG
Vitamin B6 0.367 MG 0.04 MG
Folate 20 UG 7 UG

Minerals

calcium

Cucumber has 220% more calcium than banana - cucumber has 16mg of calcium per 100 grams and banana has 5mg of calcium.

iron

Cucumber and banana contain similar amounts of iron - cucumber has 0.28mg of iron per 100 grams and banana has 0.26mg of iron.

potassium

Banana is an excellent source of potassium and it has 144% more potassium than cucumber - cucumber has 147mg 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 cucumber contain small amounts of kaempferol and quercetin.

Banana Cucumber
kaempferol 0.11 mg 0.13 mg
myricetin 0.01 mg ~
Quercetin 0.06 mg 0.04 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 cucumber contain significant amounts of beta-carotene and lutein + zeaxanthin.

Banana Cucumber
beta-carotene 26 UG 45 UG
alpha-carotene 25 UG 11 UG
lutein + zeaxanthin 22 UG 23 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

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

Banana Cucumber
alpha linoleic acid 0.027 G 0.005 G
Total 0.027 G 0.005 G

omega 6s

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

Banana Cucumber
linoleic acid 0.046 G 0.028 G
Total 0.046 G 0.028 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: Banana (Bananas, raw) and Cucumber (Cucumber, with peel, raw) .

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