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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" chart 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%
Equal in Potassium - 138
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 7% 3% 7% 8% 12% 0% 2% 11%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 8% 23% 6% 7% 13% 1% 2% 13%
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%
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" chart 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 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 Vitamin K 69% 3% 0% 105% 11% 8% 4% 16% 13% 10% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 2% 3% 0% 177% 10% 5% 2% 12% 19% 9% 0% 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 Vitamin E +15.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +69.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +50.9%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.04

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Grapefruit Lemon
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins 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
Starch 0g g Grapefruit
Fructose 1.77g g 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
Vitamin A 1150IU 22IU Grapefruit
Vitamin E 0.13mg 0.15mg Lemon
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
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
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 0µg 0µg
Tryptophan 0.008mg mg Grapefruit
Threonine 0.013mg mg Grapefruit
Isoleucine 0.008mg mg Grapefruit
Leucine 0.015mg mg Grapefruit
Lysine 0.019mg mg Grapefruit
Methionine 0.007mg mg Grapefruit
Phenylalanine 0.013mg mg Grapefruit
Valine 0.015mg mg Grapefruit
Histidine 0.008mg mg Grapefruit
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
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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Grapefruit Lemon
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
20
Grapefruit
20
Lemon
Mineral Summary Score
6
Grapefruit
9
Lemon

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
5%
Grapefruit
7%
Lemon
Carbohydrates
11%
Grapefruit
9%
Lemon
Fats
1%
Grapefruit
1%
Lemon

Comparison summary

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 contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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.
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. 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.