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Papaya vs Banana - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Papaya and Banana?

  • Papaya is richer in Vitamin C, yet Banana is richer in Vitamin B6, Manganese, and Potassium.
  • Papaya's daily need coverage for Vitamin C is 58% higher.
  • Papaya has 2 times more Folate than Banana. Papaya has 37µg of Folate, while Banana has 20µg.
  • Papaya contains less Sugar.

We used Papayas, raw and Bananas, raw types in this comparison.

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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
Papaya
1
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7
Banana
Contains more Calcium +300%
Contains more Magnesium +28.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +120%
Contains more Potassium +96.7%
Contains less Sodium -87.5%
Contains more Zinc +87.5%
Contains more Copper +73.3%
Equal in Iron - 0.26
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 10% 15% 5% 17% 2% 3% 15%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 2% 10% 20% 10% 32% 1% 5% 27%
Contains more Calcium +300%
Contains more Magnesium +28.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +120%
Contains more Potassium +96.7%
Contains less Sodium -87.5%
Contains more Zinc +87.5%
Contains more Copper +73.3%
Equal in Iron - 0.26

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
Papaya
5
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5
Banana
Contains more Vitamin A +1384.4%
Contains more Vitamin E +200%
Contains more Vitamin C +600%
Contains more Folate +85%
Contains more Vitamin K +420%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +170.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +86.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +74.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +865.8%
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%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 4% 2% 0% 29% 8% 17% 13% 21% 85% 15% 0% 2%
Contains more Vitamin A +1384.4%
Contains more Vitamin E +200%
Contains more Vitamin C +600%
Contains more Folate +85%
Contains more Vitamin K +420%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +170.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +86.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +74.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +865.8%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Papaya Banana Opinion
Net carbs 9.12g 20.24g Banana
Protein 0.47g 1.09g Banana
Fats 0.26g 0.33g Banana
Carbs 10.82g 22.84g Banana
Calories 43kcal 89kcal Banana
Starch 0g 5.38g Banana
Fructose 3.73g 4.85g Banana
Sugar 7.82g 12.23g Papaya
Fiber 1.7g 2.6g Banana
Calcium 20mg 5mg Papaya
Iron 0.25mg 0.26mg Banana
Magnesium 21mg 27mg Banana
Phosphorus 10mg 22mg Banana
Potassium 182mg 358mg Banana
Sodium 8mg 1mg Banana
Zinc 0.08mg 0.15mg Banana
Copper 0.045mg 0.078mg Banana
Vitamin A 950IU 64IU Papaya
Vitamin E 0.3mg 0.1mg Papaya
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 60.9mg 8.7mg Papaya
Vitamin B1 0.023mg 0.031mg Banana
Vitamin B2 0.027mg 0.073mg Banana
Vitamin B3 0.357mg 0.665mg Banana
Vitamin B5 0.191mg 0.334mg Banana
Vitamin B6 0.038mg 0.367mg Banana
Folate 37µg 20µg Papaya
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 2.6µg 0.5µg Papaya
Tryptophan 0.008mg 0.009mg Banana
Threonine 0.011mg 0.028mg Banana
Isoleucine 0.008mg 0.028mg Banana
Leucine 0.016mg 0.068mg Banana
Lysine 0.025mg 0.05mg Banana
Methionine 0.002mg 0.008mg Banana
Phenylalanine 0.009mg 0.049mg Banana
Valine 0.01mg 0.047mg Banana
Histidine 0.005mg 0.077mg Banana
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.081g 0.112g Papaya
Monounsaturated Fat 0.072g 0.032g Papaya
Polyunsaturated fat 0.058g 0.073g Banana

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Papaya Banana
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
28
Papaya
16
Banana
Mineral Summary Score
9
Papaya
13
Banana

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
3%
Papaya
7%
Banana
Carbohydrates
11%
Papaya
23%
Banana
Fats
1%
Papaya
2%
Banana

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Papaya
Papaya is lower in Sugar (difference - 4.41g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Papaya
Papaya is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.031g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Banana
Banana contains less Sodium (difference - 7mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Banana
Banana is lower in glycemic index (difference - 11)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Banana
Banana is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($0.2)
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.

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. Papaya - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169926/nutrients
  2. Banana - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173944/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.