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Lemon vs. Plantain — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Lemon and Plantain different?

  • Lemon is richer in Vitamin C, while Plantain is higher in Vitamin B6, Potassium, and Magnesium.
  • Lemon covers your daily need of Vitamin C 47% more than Plantain.
  • Lemon contains 13 times more Calcium than Plantain. Lemon contains 26mg of Calcium, while Plantain contains 2mg.
  • Lemon is lower in Sugar.

Lemons, raw, without peel and Plantains, cooked types were used in this article.

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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.
Lemon
4
:
Contains more Calcium +1200%
Contains less Sodium -60%
Contains more Magnesium +300%
Contains more Phosphorus +75%
Contains more Potassium +237%
Contains more Zinc +116.7%
Contains more Copper +78.4%
Contains more Selenium +250%
Equal in Iron - 0.58
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 8% 23% 6% 7% 13% 1% 2% 13% 4% 3%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 1% 22% 23% 12% 42% 1% 4% 22% 0% 8%
Contains more Calcium +1200%
Contains less Sodium -60%
Contains more Magnesium +300%
Contains more Phosphorus +75%
Contains more Potassium +237%
Contains more Zinc +116.7%
Contains more Copper +78.4%
Contains more Selenium +250%
Equal in Iron - 0.58

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.
Lemon
2
:
Contains more Vitamin E +15.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +386.2%
Contains more Vitamin A +4031.8%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +15%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +160%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +656%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +22.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +200%
Contains more Folate +136.4%
Contains more Choline +149%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
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%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 55% 3% 0% 37% 12% 12% 15% 14% 56% 20% 0% 7% 2%
Contains more Vitamin E +15.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +386.2%
Contains more Vitamin A +4031.8%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +15%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +160%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +656%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +22.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +200%
Contains more Folate +136.4%
Contains more Choline +149%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Lemon
3
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Contains more Protein +39.2%
Contains more Fats +66.7%
Contains more Water +32.2%
Contains more Carbs +234.2%
Contains more Other +93.3%
9% 89%
Protein: 1.1 g
Fats: 0.3 g
Carbs: 9.32 g
Water: 88.98 g
Other: 0.3 g
31% 67%
Protein: 0.79 g
Fats: 0.18 g
Carbs: 31.15 g
Water: 67.3 g
Other: 0.58 g
Contains more Protein +39.2%
Contains more Fats +66.7%
Contains more Water +32.2%
Contains more Carbs +234.2%
Contains more Other +93.3%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Lemon
2
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Contains less Saturated Fat -43.5%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +169.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +36.4%
28% 8% 64%
Saturated Fat: 0.039 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.011 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.089 g
59% 13% 28%
Saturated Fat: 0.069 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.015 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.033 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -43.5%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +169.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +36.4%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Lemon Plantain Opinion
Net carbs 6.52g 28.85g Plantain
Protein 1.1g 0.79g Lemon
Fats 0.3g 0.18g Lemon
Carbs 9.32g 31.15g Plantain
Calories 29kcal 116kcal Plantain
Sugar 2.5g 14g Lemon
Fiber 2.8g 2.3g Lemon
Calcium 26mg 2mg Lemon
Iron 0.6mg 0.58mg Lemon
Magnesium 8mg 32mg Plantain
Phosphorus 16mg 28mg Plantain
Potassium 138mg 465mg Plantain
Sodium 2mg 5mg Lemon
Zinc 0.06mg 0.13mg Plantain
Copper 0.037mg 0.066mg Plantain
Manganese 0.03mg Lemon
Selenium 0.4µg 1.4µg Plantain
Vitamin A 22IU 909IU Plantain
Vitamin A RAE 1µg 45µg Plantain
Vitamin E 0.15mg 0.13mg Lemon
Vitamin C 53mg 10.9mg Lemon
Vitamin B1 0.04mg 0.046mg Plantain
Vitamin B2 0.02mg 0.052mg Plantain
Vitamin B3 0.1mg 0.756mg Plantain
Vitamin B5 0.19mg 0.233mg Plantain
Vitamin B6 0.08mg 0.24mg Plantain
Folate 11µg 26µg Plantain
Choline 5.1mg 12.7mg Plantain
Vitamin K 0µg 0.7µg Plantain
Tryptophan 0.009mg Plantain
Threonine 0.021mg Plantain
Isoleucine 0.022mg Plantain
Leucine 0.036mg Plantain
Lysine 0.037mg Plantain
Methionine 0.01mg Plantain
Phenylalanine 0.027mg Plantain
Valine 0.028mg Plantain
Histidine 0.039mg Plantain
Saturated Fat 0.039g 0.069g Lemon
Monounsaturated Fat 0.011g 0.015g Plantain
Polyunsaturated fat 0.089g 0.033g Lemon

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Lemon Plantain
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%
Lemon
18%
Plantain
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
8%
Lemon
13%
Plantain

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Plantain
Plantain is lower in glycemic index (difference - 37)
Which food is cheaper?
Plantain
Plantain is cheaper (difference - $0.5)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Plantain
Plantain is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Plantain
Plantain is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Lemon
Lemon is lower in Sugar (difference - 11.5g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Lemon
Lemon contains less Sodium (difference - 3mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Lemon
Lemon is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.03g)
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. Lemon - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167746/nutrients
  2. Plantain - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169131/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.