Banana vs. Red Bell Pepper

Nutrition comparison of Banana and Red Bell Pepper


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

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

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in banana and red bell pepper:

  • Both red bell pepper and banana are high in dietary fiber and potassium.
  • Red bell pepper has 66% less sugar than banana.
  • Red bell pepper has 71% less calories than banana.
  • Red bell pepper has 74% less carbohydrates than banana.
  • Red bell pepper has more folate.
  • Red bell pepper is an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Detailed nutritional comparison of banana and red bell pepper 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 Red Bell Pepper (Peppers, sweet, red, raw) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Red bell pepper has 71% less calories than banana - red bell pepper has 26 calories per 100 grams and banana has 89 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, banana is lighter in protein, heavier in carbs and lighter in fat compared to red bell pepper per calorie. Banana has a macronutrient ratio of 4:93:3 and for red bell pepper, 13:78:10 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Banana Red Bell Pepper
Protein 4% 13%
Carbohydrates 93% 78%
Fat 3% 10%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Red bell pepper has 74% less carbohydrates than banana - red bell pepper has 6g of total carbs per 100 grams and banana has 22.8g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Both red bell pepper and banana are high in dietary fiber. Banana has 24% more dietary fiber than red bell pepper - red bell pepper has 2.1g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and banana has 2.6g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Red bell pepper has 66% less sugar than banana - red bell pepper has 4.2g of sugar per 100 grams and banana has 12.2g of sugar.



Protein

protein

Red bell pepper and banana contain similar amounts of protein - red bell pepper has 0.99g of protein per 100 grams and banana has 1.1g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both red bell pepper and banana are low in saturated fat - red bell pepper has 0.06g of saturated fat per 100 grams and banana has 0.11g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Red bell pepper is an excellent source of Vitamin C and it has 13 times more Vitamin C than banana - red bell pepper has 127.7mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and banana has 8.7mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Red bell pepper is an excellent source of Vitamin A and it has 51 times more Vitamin A than banana - red bell pepper has 157ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and banana has 3ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin E

Red bell pepper has 14 times more Vitamin E than banana - red bell pepper has 1.6mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and banana has 0.1mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Red bell pepper and banana contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - red bell pepper has 4.9ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and banana has 0.5ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

Red bell pepper has more folate. Both banana and red bell pepper contain significant amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B6.

Banana Red Bell Pepper
Thiamin 0.031 MG 0.054 MG
Riboflavin 0.073 MG 0.085 MG
Niacin 0.665 MG 0.979 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.334 MG 0.317 MG
Vitamin B6 0.367 MG 0.291 MG
Folate 20 UG 46 UG

Minerals

calcium

Red bell pepper and banana contain similar amounts of calcium - red bell pepper has 7mg of calcium per 100 grams and banana has 5mg of calcium.

iron

Red bell pepper and banana contain similar amounts of iron - red bell pepper has 0.43mg of iron per 100 grams and banana has 0.26mg of iron.

potassium

Both red bell pepper and banana are high in potassium. Banana has 70% more potassium than red bell pepper - red bell pepper has 211mg 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 red bell pepper contain small amounts of kaempferol.

Banana Red Bell Pepper
kaempferol 0.11 mg 0.02 mg
myricetin 0.01 mg ~
Quercetin 0.06 mg 0.23 mg
luteolin ~ 0.61 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 red bell pepper contain significant amounts of alpha-carotene.

Banana Red Bell Pepper
beta-carotene 26 UG 1624 UG
alpha-carotene 25 UG 20 UG
lutein + zeaxanthin 22 UG 51 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

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

Banana Red Bell Pepper
alpha linoleic acid 0.027 G 0.056 G
Total 0.027 G 0.056 G

omega 6s

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

Banana Red Bell Pepper
linoleic acid 0.046 G 0.1 G
Total 0.046 G 0.1 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 Red Bell Pepper (Peppers, sweet, red, raw) .

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