Lemon vs. Tomato

Nutrition comparison of Lemon and Tomato


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

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

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in lemon and tomato:

  • Both lemon and tomato are high in Vitamin C.
  • Lemon is a great source of dietary fiber.
  • Tomato has more niacin.
  • Tomato is a great source of potassium.
Detailed nutritional comparison of lemon and tomato 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 Tomato (Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Here's an infographic summarizing the nutritional differences between lemon and tomato. marks particularly rich nutrients.


Calories and Carbs

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Lemon and tomato contain similar amounts of calories - lemon has 29 calories per 100 grams and tomato has 18 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, lemon is lighter in protein, heavier in carbs and similar to tomato for fat. Lemon has a macronutrient ratio of 9:84:7 and for tomato, 17:75:9 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Lemon Tomato
Protein 9% 17%
Carbohydrates 84% 75%
Fat 7% 9%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Lemon and tomato contain similar amounts carbs - lemon has 9.3g of total carbs per 100 grams and tomato has 3.9g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Lemon is a great source of dietary fiber and it has 133% more dietary fiber than tomato - lemon has 2.8g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and tomato has 1.2g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Lemon and tomato contain similar amounts of sugar - lemon has 2.5g of sugar per 100 grams and tomato has 2.6g of sugar.



Protein

protein

Lemon and tomato contain similar amounts of protein - lemon has 1.1g of protein per 100 grams and tomato has 0.88g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both lemon and tomato are low in saturated fat - lemon has 0.04g of saturated fat per 100 grams and tomato has 0.03g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Both lemon and tomato are high in Vitamin C. Lemon has 287% more Vitamin C than tomato - lemon has 53mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and tomato has 13.7mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Tomato has 41 times more Vitamin A than lemon - lemon has 1ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and tomato has 42ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin E

Lemon and tomato contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - lemon has 0.15mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and tomato has 0.54mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Tomato has more Vitamin K than lemon - tomato has 7.9ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and lemon does not contain significant amounts.

The B Vitamins

Tomato has more niacin. Both lemon and tomato contain significant amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and folate.

Lemon Tomato
Thiamin 0.04 MG 0.037 MG
Riboflavin 0.02 MG 0.019 MG
Niacin 0.1 MG 0.594 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.19 MG 0.089 MG
Vitamin B6 0.08 MG 0.08 MG
Folate 11 UG 15 UG

Minerals

calcium

Lemon has 160% more calcium than tomato - lemon has 26mg of calcium per 100 grams and tomato has 10mg of calcium.

iron

Lemon and tomato contain similar amounts of iron - lemon has 0.6mg of iron per 100 grams and tomato has 0.27mg of iron.

potassium

Tomato is a great source of potassium and it has 72% more potassium than lemon - lemon has 138mg of potassium per 100 grams and tomato has 237mg 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 tomato contain significant amounts of quercetin.

Lemon Tomato
luteolin 1.9 mg ~
kaempferol 0.03 mg 0.09 mg
myricetin 0.5 mg 0.13 mg
Quercetin 1.14 mg 0.58 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,

Lemon Tomato
beta-carotene 3 UG 449 UG
alpha-carotene 1 UG 101 UG
lutein + zeaxanthin 11 UG 123 UG
lycopene ~ 2573 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

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

Lemon Tomato
alpha linoleic acid 0.026 G 0.003 G
Total 0.026 G 0.003 G

omega 6s

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

Lemon Tomato
linoleic acid 0.063 G 0.08 G
Total 0.063 G 0.08 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 Tomato (Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average) .

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