Lima Beans vs. Onion

Nutrition comparison of Lima Beans and Onion


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

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

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

  • Lima bean has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid.
  • Lima bean has signficantly more protein than onion.
  • Lima bean is an excellent source of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, iron and potassium.
  • Onion has 54% less carbohydrates than lima bean.
Detailed nutritional comparison of lima beans and onion 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: Lima Beans (Lima beans, immature seeds, raw) and Onion (Onions, raw) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Lima bean is high in calories and onion has 65% less calories than lima bean - lima bean has 113 calories per 100 grams and onion has 40 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, lima beans is heavier in protein, lighter in carbs and heavier in fat compared to onion per calorie. Lima beans has a macronutrient ratio of 24:70:7 and for onion, 11:87:3 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Lima Beans Onion
Protein 24% 11%
Carbohydrates 70% 87%
Fat 7% 3%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Onion has 54% less carbohydrates than lima bean - lima bean has 20.2g of total carbs per 100 grams and onion has 9.3g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Lima bean is an excellent source of dietary fiber and it has 188% more dietary fiber than onion - lima bean has 4.9g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and onion has 1.7g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Lima beans and onion contain similar amounts of sugar - lima bean has 1.5g of sugar per 100 grams and onion has 4.2g of sugar.



Protein

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Lima bean has signficantly more protein than onion - lima bean has 6.8g of protein per 100 grams and onion has 1.1g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both lima beans and onion are low in saturated fat - lima bean has 0.2g of saturated fat per 100 grams and onion has 0.04g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Lima bean is an excellent source of Vitamin C and it has 216% more Vitamin C than onion - lima bean has 23.4mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and onion has 7.4mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

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

Vitamin E

Lima beans and onion contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - lima bean has 0.32mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and onion has 0.02mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Lima beans and onion contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - lima bean has 5.6ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and onion has 0.4ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

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

Lima Beans Onion
Thiamin 0.217 MG 0.046 MG
Riboflavin 0.103 MG 0.027 MG
Niacin 1.474 MG 0.116 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.247 MG 0.123 MG
Vitamin B6 0.204 MG 0.12 MG
Folate 34 UG 19 UG

Minerals

calcium

Lima bean has 48% more calcium than onion - lima bean has 34mg of calcium per 100 grams and onion has 23mg of calcium.

iron

Lima bean is an excellent source of iron and it has 13 times more iron than onion - lima bean has 3.1mg of iron per 100 grams and onion has 0.21mg of iron.

potassium

Lima bean is an excellent source of potassium and it has 220% more potassium than onion - lima bean has 467mg of potassium per 100 grams and onion has 146mg 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,

Lima Beans Onion
beta-carotene 126 UG 1 UG
lutein + zeaxanthin ~ 4 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

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

Lima Beans Onion
alpha linoleic acid 0.136 G 0.004 G
Total 0.136 G 0.004 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, lima bean has more linoleic acid than onion per 100 grams.

Lima Beans Onion
linoleic acid 0.283 G 0.013 G
Total 0.283 G 0.013 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: Lima Beans (Lima beans, immature seeds, raw) and Onion (Onions, raw) .

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