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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, 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 than Lemon. Grapefruit contains 58µg of Vitamin A, 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 Zinc +16.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +12.5%
Contains less Sodium -100%
Contains more Iron +650%
Contains more Calcium +18.2%
Contains more Copper +15.6%
Equal in Potassium - 138
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 3% 7% 12% 7% 11% 2% 8% 0%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 23% 8% 13% 6% 13% 2% 7% 1%
Contains more Magnesium +12.5%
Contains more Zinc +16.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +12.5%
Contains less Sodium -100%
Contains more Iron +650%
Contains more Calcium +18.2%
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 C +69.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +15.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +50.9%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.04
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 105% 69% 3% 0% 11% 8% 4% 16% 13% 0% 0% 10%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 177% 2% 3% 0% 10% 5% 2% 12% 19% 0% 0% 9%
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 C +69.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +15.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +50.9%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.04

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 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

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Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Grapefruit Lemon Opinion
Calories 42 29 Grapefruit
Protein 0.77 1.1 Lemon
Fats 0.14 0.3 Lemon
Vitamin C 31.2 53 Lemon
Carbs 10.66 9.32 Grapefruit
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 0.08 0.6 Lemon
Calcium 22 26 Lemon
Potassium 135 138 Lemon
Magnesium 9 8 Grapefruit
Sugar 6.89 2.5 Lemon
Fiber 1.6 2.8 Lemon
Copper 0.032 0.037 Lemon
Zinc 0.07 0.06 Grapefruit
Starch 0 Grapefruit
Phosphorus 18 16 Grapefruit
Sodium 0 2 Grapefruit
Vitamin A 1150 22 Grapefruit
Vitamin E 0.13 0.15 Lemon
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.043 0.04 Grapefruit
Vitamin B2 0.031 0.02 Grapefruit
Vitamin B3 0.204 0.1 Grapefruit
Vitamin B5 0.262 0.19 Grapefruit
Vitamin B6 0.053 0.08 Lemon
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 0 0
Folate 13 11 Grapefruit
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.021 0.039 Grapefruit
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02 0.011 Grapefruit
Polyunsaturated fat 0.036 0.089 Lemon
Tryptophan 0.008 Grapefruit
Threonine 0.013 Grapefruit
Isoleucine 0.008 Grapefruit
Leucine 0.015 Grapefruit
Lysine 0.019 Grapefruit
Methionine 0.007 Grapefruit
Phenylalanine 0.013 Grapefruit
Valine 0.015 Grapefruit
Histidine 0.008 Grapefruit
Fructose 1.77 Grapefruit

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.