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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
Lemon
1
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Contains more Iron +300%
Contains more Calcium +42.3%
Contains more Potassium +20.3%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Copper +13.5%
Contains more Zinc +16.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +25%
Equal in Sodium - 2
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 23% 8% 13% 6% 13% 2% 7% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 6% 12% 15% 9% 14% 2% 9% 1%
Contains more Iron +300%
Contains more Calcium +42.3%
Contains more Potassium +20.3%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Copper +13.5%
Contains more Zinc +16.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +25%
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 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%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 89% 41% 4% 0% 15% 9% 8% 13% 18% 0% 0% 12%
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 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 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 Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Sodium Equal
Lower in Saturated Fat Equal

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Lemon Mandarin orange
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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 Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food contains less Sodium?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sodium (2 mg)
Which food contains less Saturated Fat?
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The foods are relatively equal in Saturated Fat (0.039 g)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

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.