Lemon vs. Red Bell Pepper

Nutrition comparison of Lemon 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 lemon versus red bell pepper (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

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

  • Both lemon and red bell pepper are high in Vitamin C and dietary fiber.
  • Red bell pepper has more riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and folate.
  • Red bell pepper is a great source of potassium.
  • Red bell pepper is an excellent source of Vitamin A.
Detailed nutritional comparison of lemon 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: Lemon (Lemons, raw, without peel) 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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Lemon and red bell pepper contain similar amounts of calories - lemon has 29 calories per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 26 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, lemon is heavier in carbs and similar to red bell pepper for protein and fat. Lemon has a macronutrient ratio of 10:84:6 and for red bell pepper, 13:79:8 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Lemon Red Bell Pepper
Protein 10% 13%
Carbohydrates 84% 79%
Fat 6% 8%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Lemon and red bell pepper contain similar amounts carbs - lemon has 9.3g of total carbs per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 6g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Both lemon and red bell pepper are high in dietary fiber. Lemon has 33% more dietary fiber than red bell pepper - lemon has 2.8g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 2.1g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Lemon and red bell pepper contain similar amounts of sugar - lemon has 2.5g of sugar per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 4.2g of sugar.



Protein

protein

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

Fat

saturated fat

Both lemon and red bell pepper are low in saturated fat - lemon has 0.04g of saturated fat per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 0.06g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Both lemon and red bell pepper are high in Vitamin C. Red bell pepper has 141% more Vitamin C than lemon - lemon has 53mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 127.7mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Red bell pepper is an excellent source of Vitamin A and it has 156 times more Vitamin A than lemon - lemon has 1ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 157ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin E

Red bell pepper has 953% more Vitamin E than lemon - lemon has 0.15mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 1.6mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Red bell pepper and lemon contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - red bell pepper has 4.9ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and lemon does not contain significant amounts.

The B Vitamins

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

Lemon Red Bell Pepper
Thiamin 0.04 MG 0.054 MG
Riboflavin 0.02 MG 0.085 MG
Niacin 0.1 MG 0.979 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.19 MG 0.317 MG
Vitamin B6 0.08 MG 0.291 MG
Folate 11 UG 46 UG

Minerals

calcium

Lemon has 271% more calcium than red bell pepper - lemon has 26mg of calcium per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 7mg of calcium.

iron

Lemon and red bell pepper contain similar amounts of iron - lemon has 0.6mg of iron per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 0.43mg of iron.

potassium

Red bell pepper is a great source of potassium and it has 53% more potassium than lemon - lemon has 138mg of potassium per 100 grams and red bell pepper has 211mg 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 lemon and red bell pepper contain small amounts of kaempferol.

Lemon Red Bell Pepper
luteolin 1.9 mg 0.61 mg
kaempferol 0.03 mg 0.02 mg
myricetin 0.5 mg ~
Quercetin 1.14 mg 0.23 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 lemon and red bell pepper contain small amounts of alpha-carotene.

Lemon Red Bell Pepper
beta-carotene 3 UG 1624 UG
alpha-carotene 1 UG 20 UG
lutein + zeaxanthin 11 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 lemon per 100 grams.

Lemon Red Bell Pepper
alpha linoleic acid 0.026 G 0.056 G
Total 0.026 G 0.056 G

omega 6s

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

Lemon Red Bell Pepper
linoleic acid 0.063 G 0.1 G
Total 0.063 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: Lemon (Lemons, raw, without peel) and Red Bell Pepper (Peppers, sweet, red, raw) .

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