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Melon vs Papaya - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Melon and Papaya different?

  • Melon is higher in Vitamin B6, however Papaya is richer in Vitamin C, Folate, and Vitamin A RAE.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin C from Papaya is 43% higher.
  • Melon contains 4 times more Vitamin B6 than Papaya. While Melon contains 0.163mg of Vitamin B6, Papaya contains only 0.038mg.
  • Melon has less Sugar.

Melons, casaba, raw and Papayas, raw are the varieties 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
Melon
2
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5
Papaya
Contains more Iron +36%
Contains more Copper +33.3%
Contains more Calcium +81.8%
Contains more Magnesium +90.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +100%
Contains less Sodium -11.1%
Contains more Zinc +14.3%
Equal in Potassium - 182
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 4% 13% 8% 3% 17% 2% 2% 20%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 10% 15% 5% 17% 2% 3% 15%
Contains more Iron +36%
Contains more Copper +33.3%
Contains more Calcium +81.8%
Contains more Magnesium +90.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +100%
Contains less Sodium -11.1%
Contains more Zinc +14.3%
Equal in Potassium - 182

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
Melon
2
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8
Papaya
Contains more Vitamin B2 +14.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +328.9%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +500%
Contains more Vitamin C +179.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +53.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +53.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +127.4%
Contains more Folate +362.5%
Equal in Vitamin K - 2.6
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 1% 0% 73% 4% 8% 5% 6% 38% 6% 0% 7%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 57% 6% 0% 203% 6% 7% 7% 12% 9% 28% 0% 7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +14.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +328.9%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +500%
Contains more Vitamin C +179.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +53.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +53.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +127.4%
Contains more Folate +362.5%
Equal in Vitamin K - 2.6

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.
Melon Papaya
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Melon Papaya Opinion
Net carbs 5.68g 9.12g Papaya
Protein 1.11g 0.47g Melon
Fats 0.1g 0.26g Papaya
Carbs 6.58g 10.82g Papaya
Calories 28kcal 43kcal Papaya
Starch g 0g Papaya
Fructose g 3.73g Papaya
Sugar 5.69g 7.82g Melon
Fiber 0.9g 1.7g Papaya
Calcium 11mg 20mg Papaya
Iron 0.34mg 0.25mg Melon
Magnesium 11mg 21mg Papaya
Phosphorus 5mg 10mg Papaya
Potassium 182mg 182mg
Sodium 9mg 8mg Papaya
Zinc 0.07mg 0.08mg Papaya
Copper 0.06mg 0.045mg Melon
Vitamin A 0IU 950IU Papaya
Vitamin E 0.05mg 0.3mg Papaya
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 21.8mg 60.9mg Papaya
Vitamin B1 0.015mg 0.023mg Papaya
Vitamin B2 0.031mg 0.027mg Melon
Vitamin B3 0.232mg 0.357mg Papaya
Vitamin B5 0.084mg 0.191mg Papaya
Vitamin B6 0.163mg 0.038mg Melon
Folate 8µg 37µg Papaya
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 2.5µg 2.6µg Papaya
Tryptophan mg 0.008mg Papaya
Threonine mg 0.011mg Papaya
Isoleucine mg 0.008mg Papaya
Leucine mg 0.016mg Papaya
Lysine mg 0.025mg Papaya
Methionine mg 0.002mg Papaya
Phenylalanine mg 0.009mg Papaya
Valine mg 0.01mg Papaya
Histidine mg 0.005mg Papaya
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.025g 0.081g Melon
Monounsaturated Fat 0.002g 0.072g Papaya
Polyunsaturated fat 0.039g 0.058g Papaya

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Melon Papaya
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
12
Melon
28
Papaya
Mineral Summary Score
8
Melon
9
Papaya

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%
Melon
3%
Papaya
Carbohydrates
7%
Melon
11%
Papaya
Fats
0%
Melon
1%
Papaya

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Papaya
Papaya contains less Sodium (difference - 1mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Papaya
Papaya is lower in glycemic index (difference - 3)
Which food is cheaper?
Papaya
Papaya is cheaper (difference - $0.4)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Papaya
Papaya is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Melon
Melon is lower in Sugar (difference - 2.13g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Melon
Melon is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.056g)
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.

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. Melon - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169093/nutrients
  2. Papaya - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169926/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.