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Banana vs. Papaya — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Banana and Papaya?

  • Banana is richer in Vitamin B6, Manganese, and Potassium, yet Papaya is richer in Vitamin C.
  • Papaya's daily need coverage for Vitamin C is 58% higher.
  • Banana has 10 times more Vitamin B6 than Papaya. Banana has 0.367mg of Vitamin B6, while Papaya has 0.038mg.
  • Papaya contains less Sugar.

We used Bananas, raw and Papayas, raw types in this comparison.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Banana
9
:
1
Papaya
Contains more Magnesium +28.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +120%
Contains more Potassium +96.7%
Contains less Sodium -87.5%
Contains more Zinc +87.5%
Contains more Copper +73.3%
Contains more Manganese +575%
Contains more Selenium +66.7%
Contains more Calcium +300%
Equal in Iron - 0.25
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 2% 10% 20% 10% 32% 1% 5% 27% 36% 6%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 10% 15% 5% 17% 2% 3% 15% 6% 4%
Contains more Magnesium +28.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +120%
Contains more Potassium +96.7%
Contains less Sodium -87.5%
Contains more Zinc +87.5%
Contains more Copper +73.3%
Contains more Manganese +575%
Contains more Selenium +66.7%
Contains more Calcium +300%
Equal in Iron - 0.25

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Banana
5
:
5
Papaya
Contains more Vitamin B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +170.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +86.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +74.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +865.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +1384.4%
Contains more Vitamin E +200%
Contains more Vitamin C +600%
Contains more Folate +85%
Contains more Vitamin K +420%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 4% 2% 0% 29% 8% 17% 13% 21% 85% 15% 0% 2%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 57% 6% 0% 203% 6% 7% 7% 12% 9% 28% 0% 7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +170.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +86.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +74.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +865.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +1384.4%
Contains more Vitamin E +200%
Contains more Vitamin C +600%
Contains more Folate +85%
Contains more Vitamin K +420%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Banana
4
:
1
Papaya
Contains more Protein +131.9%
Contains more Fats +26.9%
Contains more Carbs +111.1%
Contains more Other +112.8%
Contains more Water +17.6%
23% 75%
Protein: 1.09 g
Fats: 0.33 g
Carbs: 22.84 g
Water: 74.91 g
Other: 0.83 g
11% 88%
Protein: 0.47 g
Fats: 0.26 g
Carbs: 10.82 g
Water: 88.06 g
Other: 0.39 g
Contains more Protein +131.9%
Contains more Fats +26.9%
Contains more Carbs +111.1%
Contains more Other +112.8%
Contains more Water +17.6%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Banana
1
:
2
Papaya
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +25.9%
Contains less Saturated Fat -27.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +125%
52% 15% 34%
Saturated Fat: 0.112 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.032 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.073 g
38% 34% 27%
Saturated Fat: 0.081 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.072 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.058 g
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +25.9%
Contains less Saturated Fat -27.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +125%

Carbohydrate type comparison

Carbohydrate type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Banana
5
:
0
Papaya
Contains more Starch +∞%
Contains more Sucrose +∞%
Contains more Glucose +21.8%
Contains more Fructose +30%
Contains more Maltose +∞%
31% 14% 28% 28%
Starch: 5.38 g
Sucrose: 2.39 g
Glucose: 4.98 g
Fructose: 4.85 g
Lactose: 0 g
Maltose: 0.01 g
Galactose: 0 g
52% 48%
Starch: 0 g
Sucrose: 0 g
Glucose: 4.09 g
Fructose: 3.73 g
Lactose: 0 g
Maltose: 0 g
Galactose: 0 g
Contains more Starch +∞%
Contains more Sucrose +∞%
Contains more Glucose +21.8%
Contains more Fructose +30%
Contains more Maltose +∞%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Banana Papaya
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in price Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Banana Papaya Opinion
Net carbs 20.24g 9.12g Banana
Protein 1.09g 0.47g Banana
Fats 0.33g 0.26g Banana
Carbs 22.84g 10.82g Banana
Calories 89kcal 43kcal Banana
Starch 5.38g 0g Banana
Fructose 4.85g 3.73g Banana
Sugar 12.23g 7.82g Papaya
Fiber 2.6g 1.7g Banana
Calcium 5mg 20mg Papaya
Iron 0.26mg 0.25mg Banana
Magnesium 27mg 21mg Banana
Phosphorus 22mg 10mg Banana
Potassium 358mg 182mg Banana
Sodium 1mg 8mg Banana
Zinc 0.15mg 0.08mg Banana
Copper 0.078mg 0.045mg Banana
Manganese 0.27mg 0.04mg Banana
Selenium 1µg 0.6µg Banana
Vitamin A 64IU 950IU Papaya
Vitamin A RAE 3µg 47µg Papaya
Vitamin E 0.1mg 0.3mg Papaya
Vitamin C 8.7mg 60.9mg Papaya
Vitamin B1 0.031mg 0.023mg Banana
Vitamin B2 0.073mg 0.027mg Banana
Vitamin B3 0.665mg 0.357mg Banana
Vitamin B5 0.334mg 0.191mg Banana
Vitamin B6 0.367mg 0.038mg Banana
Folate 20µg 37µg Papaya
Vitamin K 0.5µg 2.6µg Papaya
Tryptophan 0.009mg 0.008mg Banana
Threonine 0.028mg 0.011mg Banana
Isoleucine 0.028mg 0.008mg Banana
Leucine 0.068mg 0.016mg Banana
Lysine 0.05mg 0.025mg Banana
Methionine 0.008mg 0.002mg Banana
Phenylalanine 0.049mg 0.009mg Banana
Valine 0.047mg 0.01mg Banana
Histidine 0.077mg 0.005mg Banana
Saturated Fat 0.112g 0.081g Papaya
Monounsaturated Fat 0.032g 0.072g Papaya
Polyunsaturated fat 0.073g 0.058g Banana

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Banana Papaya
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
16%
Banana
28%
Papaya
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
14%
Banana
8%
Papaya

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Papaya
Papaya is lower in Sugar (difference - 4.41g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Papaya
Papaya is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.031g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Papaya
Papaya is lower in glycemic index (difference - 10)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Banana
Banana contains less Sodium (difference - 7mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Banana
Banana is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is cheaper?
?
The foods are relatively equal in price ($0.2)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Banana - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173944/nutrients
  2. Papaya - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169926/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.