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Lemon vs Mandarin orange - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Lemon and Mandarin orange different?

  • Lemon is higher than Mandarin orange in Vitamin C, and Iron.
  • Lemon covers your daily need of Vitamin C 29% more than Mandarin orange.
  • Lemon contains 4 times more Iron than Mandarin orange. Lemon contains 0.6mg of Iron, while Mandarin orange contains 0.15mg.
  • Lemon is lower in Sugar.

Lemons, raw, without peel and Tangerines, (mandarin oranges), raw 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" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Contains more Iron +300%
Contains more Calcium +42.3%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Phosphorus +25%
Contains more Potassium +20.3%
Contains more Zinc +16.7%
Contains more Copper +13.5%
Equal in Sodium - 2
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 8% 23% 6% 7% 13% 1% 2% 13%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 12% 6% 9% 9% 15% 1% 2% 14%
Contains more Iron +300%
Contains more Calcium +42.3%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Phosphorus +25%
Contains more Potassium +20.3%
Contains more Zinc +16.7%
Contains more Copper +13.5%
Equal in Sodium - 2

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
Lemon
2
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Contains more Vitamin C +98.5%
Contains more Vitamin A +2995.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +33.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +45%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +80%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +276%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +13.7%
Contains more Folate +45.5%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.078
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%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 41% 4% 0% 89% 15% 9% 8% 13% 18% 12% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin C +98.5%
Contains more Vitamin A +2995.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +33.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +45%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +80%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +276%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +13.7%
Contains more Folate +45.5%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.078

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.
Lemon Mandarin orange
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Saturated Fat Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Lemon Mandarin orange Opinion
Net carbs 6.52g 11.54g Mandarin orange
Protein 1.1g 0.81g Lemon
Fats 0.3g 0.31g Mandarin orange
Carbs 9.32g 13.34g Mandarin orange
Calories 29kcal 53kcal Mandarin orange
Starch g 0g Mandarin orange
Fructose g 2.4g Mandarin orange
Sugar 2.5g 10.58g Lemon
Fiber 2.8g 1.8g Lemon
Calcium 26mg 37mg Mandarin orange
Iron 0.6mg 0.15mg Lemon
Magnesium 8mg 12mg Mandarin orange
Phosphorus 16mg 20mg Mandarin orange
Potassium 138mg 166mg Mandarin orange
Sodium 2mg 2mg
Zinc 0.06mg 0.07mg Mandarin orange
Copper 0.037mg 0.042mg Mandarin orange
Vitamin A 22IU 681IU Mandarin orange
Vitamin E 0.15mg 0.2mg Mandarin orange
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 53mg 26.7mg Lemon
Vitamin B1 0.04mg 0.058mg Mandarin orange
Vitamin B2 0.02mg 0.036mg Mandarin orange
Vitamin B3 0.1mg 0.376mg Mandarin orange
Vitamin B5 0.19mg 0.216mg Mandarin orange
Vitamin B6 0.08mg 0.078mg Lemon
Folate 11µg 16µg Mandarin orange
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 0µg 0µg
Tryptophan mg 0.002mg Mandarin orange
Threonine mg 0.016mg Mandarin orange
Isoleucine mg 0.017mg Mandarin orange
Leucine mg 0.028mg Mandarin orange
Lysine mg 0.032mg Mandarin orange
Methionine mg 0.002mg Mandarin orange
Phenylalanine mg 0.018mg Mandarin orange
Valine mg 0.021mg Mandarin orange
Histidine mg 0.011mg Mandarin orange
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.039g 0.039g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.011g 0.06g Mandarin orange
Polyunsaturated fat 0.089g 0.065g Lemon

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Lemon Mandarin orange
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
Lemon
17
Mandarin orange
Mineral Summary Score
9
Lemon
8
Mandarin orange

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
7%
Lemon
5%
Mandarin orange
Carbohydrates
9%
Lemon
13%
Mandarin orange
Fats
1%
Lemon
1%
Mandarin orange

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Mandarin orange
Mandarin orange is lower in glycemic index (difference - 47)
Which food is cheaper?
Mandarin orange
Mandarin orange is cheaper (difference - $0.1)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Mandarin orange
Mandarin orange is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Mandarin orange
Mandarin orange is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Lemon
Lemon is lower in Sugar (difference - 8.08g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sodium (2 mg)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food contains less Saturated Fat?
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The foods are relatively equal in Saturated Fat (0.039 g)

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. Lemon - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167746/nutrients
  2. Mandarin orange - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169105/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.