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Grapefruit vs. Lemon — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Important differences between Grapefruit and Lemon

  • Grapefruit has more Vitamin A RAE, however, Lemon is richer in Vitamin C, and Iron.
  • Lemon's daily need coverage for Vitamin C is 24% more.
  • Grapefruit contains 58 times more Vitamin A RAE than Lemon. Grapefruit contains 58µg of Vitamin A RAE, while Lemon contains 1µg.
  • Lemon contains less Sugar.

The food varieties used in the comparison are Grapefruit, raw, pink and red, all areas and Lemons, raw, without peel.

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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.
Contains more Magnesium +12.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +12.5%
Contains less Sodium -100%
Contains more Zinc +16.7%
Contains more Calcium +18.2%
Contains more Iron +650%
Contains more Copper +15.6%
Contains more Manganese +36.4%
Contains more Selenium +300%
Equal in Potassium - 138
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 7% 3% 7% 8% 12% 0% 2% 11% 3% 1%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 8% 23% 6% 7% 13% 1% 2% 13% 4% 3%
Contains more Magnesium +12.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +12.5%
Contains less Sodium -100%
Contains more Zinc +16.7%
Contains more Calcium +18.2%
Contains more Iron +650%
Contains more Copper +15.6%
Contains more Manganese +36.4%
Contains more Selenium +300%
Equal in Potassium - 138

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.
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Lemon
Contains more Vitamin A +5127.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +55%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +104%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +37.9%
Contains more Folate +18.2%
Contains more Choline +51%
Contains more Vitamin E +15.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +69.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +50.9%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.04
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 69% 3% 0% 105% 11% 8% 4% 16% 13% 10% 0% 5% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 2% 3% 0% 177% 10% 5% 2% 12% 19% 9% 0% 3% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +5127.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +55%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +104%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +37.9%
Contains more Folate +18.2%
Contains more Choline +51%
Contains more Vitamin E +15.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +69.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +50.9%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.04

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Carbs +14.4%
Contains more Other +23.3%
Contains more Protein +42.9%
Contains more Fats +114.3%
Equal in Water - 88.98
11% 88%
Protein: 0.77 g
Fats: 0.14 g
Carbs: 10.66 g
Water: 88.06 g
Other: 0.37 g
9% 89%
Protein: 1.1 g
Fats: 0.3 g
Carbs: 9.32 g
Water: 88.98 g
Other: 0.3 g
Contains more Carbs +14.4%
Contains more Other +23.3%
Contains more Protein +42.9%
Contains more Fats +114.3%
Equal in Water - 88.98

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -46.2%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +81.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +147.2%
27% 26% 47%
Saturated Fat: 0.021 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.036 g
28% 8% 64%
Saturated Fat: 0.039 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.011 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.089 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -46.2%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +81.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +147.2%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Grapefruit Lemon Opinion
Net carbs 9.06g 6.52g Grapefruit
Protein 0.77g 1.1g Lemon
Fats 0.14g 0.3g Lemon
Carbs 10.66g 9.32g Grapefruit
Calories 42kcal 29kcal Grapefruit
Fructose 1.77g Grapefruit
Sugar 6.89g 2.5g Lemon
Fiber 1.6g 2.8g Lemon
Calcium 22mg 26mg Lemon
Iron 0.08mg 0.6mg Lemon
Magnesium 9mg 8mg Grapefruit
Phosphorus 18mg 16mg Grapefruit
Potassium 135mg 138mg Lemon
Sodium 0mg 2mg Grapefruit
Zinc 0.07mg 0.06mg Grapefruit
Copper 0.032mg 0.037mg Lemon
Manganese 0.022mg 0.03mg Lemon
Selenium 0.1µg 0.4µg Lemon
Vitamin A 1150IU 22IU Grapefruit
Vitamin A RAE 58µg 1µg Grapefruit
Vitamin E 0.13mg 0.15mg Lemon
Vitamin C 31.2mg 53mg Lemon
Vitamin B1 0.043mg 0.04mg Grapefruit
Vitamin B2 0.031mg 0.02mg Grapefruit
Vitamin B3 0.204mg 0.1mg Grapefruit
Vitamin B5 0.262mg 0.19mg Grapefruit
Vitamin B6 0.053mg 0.08mg Lemon
Folate 13µg 11µg Grapefruit
Choline 7.7mg 5.1mg Grapefruit
Tryptophan 0.008mg Grapefruit
Threonine 0.013mg Grapefruit
Isoleucine 0.008mg Grapefruit
Leucine 0.015mg Grapefruit
Lysine 0.019mg Grapefruit
Methionine 0.007mg Grapefruit
Phenylalanine 0.013mg Grapefruit
Valine 0.015mg Grapefruit
Histidine 0.008mg Grapefruit
Saturated Fat 0.021g 0.039g Grapefruit
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g 0.011g Grapefruit
Polyunsaturated fat 0.036g 0.089g Lemon

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Grapefruit Lemon
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
18%
Grapefruit
18%
Lemon
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
5%
Grapefruit
8%
Lemon

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Lemon
Lemon is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Lemon
Lemon is lower in Sugar (difference - 4.39g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Grapefruit
Grapefruit contains less Sodium (difference - 2mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Grapefruit
Grapefruit is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.018g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Grapefruit
Grapefruit is lower in glycemic index (difference - 25)
Which food is cheaper?
Grapefruit
Grapefruit is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Grapefruit
Grapefruit is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Grapefruit - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174673/nutrients
  2. Lemon - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167746/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.