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Prickly pear vs. Lemon — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Prickly pear and Lemon?

  • Prickly pear is higher in Magnesium, yet Lemon is higher in Vitamin C.
  • Lemon's daily need coverage for Vitamin C is 43% more.
  • Prickly pear has 11 times more Magnesium than Lemon. While Prickly pear has 85mg of Magnesium, Lemon has only 8mg.

We used Prickly pears, raw and Lemons, raw, without peel types 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.
Contains more Calcium +115.4%
Contains more Magnesium +962.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +50%
Contains more Potassium +59.4%
Contains more Zinc +100%
Contains more Copper +116.2%
Contains more Selenium +50%
Contains more Iron +100%
Contains less Sodium -60%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 17% 11% 61% 10% 19% 0.65% 3.3% 27% 0% 3.3%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 7.8% 23% 5.7% 6.9% 12% 0.26% 1.6% 12% 3.9% 2.2%
Contains more Calcium +115.4%
Contains more Magnesium +962.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +50%
Contains more Potassium +59.4%
Contains more Zinc +100%
Contains more Copper +116.2%
Contains more Selenium +50%
Contains more Iron +100%
Contains less Sodium -60%

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.
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Lemon
Contains more Vitamin A +95.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +200%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +360%
Contains more Vitamin C +278.6%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +185.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +33.3%
Contains more Folate +83.3%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 2.6% 0% 0% 47% 3.5% 14% 8.6% 0% 14% 4.5% 0% 0% 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 1.3% 3% 0% 177% 10% 4.6% 1.9% 11% 18% 8.3% 0% 2.8% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +95.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +200%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +360%
Contains more Vitamin C +278.6%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +185.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +33.3%
Contains more Folate +83.3%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +70%
Contains more Other +446.7%
Contains more Protein +50.7%
Equal in Carbs - 9.32
Equal in Water - 88.98
10% 88%
Protein: 0.73 g
Fats: 0.51 g
Carbs: 9.57 g
Water: 87.55 g
Other: 1.64 g
9% 89%
Protein: 1.1 g
Fats: 0.3 g
Carbs: 9.32 g
Water: 88.98 g
Other: 0.3 g
Contains more Fats +70%
Contains more Other +446.7%
Contains more Protein +50.7%
Equal in Carbs - 9.32
Equal in Water - 88.98

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +581.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +139.3%
Contains less Saturated Fat -41.8%
19% 21% 60%
Saturated Fat: 0.067 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.075 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.213 g
28% 8% 64%
Saturated Fat: 0.039 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.011 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.089 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +581.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +139.3%
Contains less Saturated Fat -41.8%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Prickly pear Lemon Opinion
Net carbs 5.97g 6.52g Lemon
Protein 0.73g 1.1g Lemon
Fats 0.51g 0.3g Prickly pear
Carbs 9.57g 9.32g Prickly pear
Calories 41kcal 29kcal Prickly pear
Sugar 2.5g Prickly pear
Fiber 3.6g 2.8g Prickly pear
Calcium 56mg 26mg Prickly pear
Iron 0.3mg 0.6mg Lemon
Magnesium 85mg 8mg Prickly pear
Phosphorus 24mg 16mg Prickly pear
Potassium 220mg 138mg Prickly pear
Sodium 5mg 2mg Lemon
Zinc 0.12mg 0.06mg Prickly pear
Copper 0.08mg 0.037mg Prickly pear
Manganese 0.03mg Lemon
Selenium 0.6µg 0.4µg Prickly pear
Vitamin A 43IU 22IU Prickly pear
Vitamin A RAE 2µg 1µg Prickly pear
Vitamin E 0.15mg Lemon
Vitamin C 14mg 53mg Lemon
Vitamin B1 0.014mg 0.04mg Lemon
Vitamin B2 0.06mg 0.02mg Prickly pear
Vitamin B3 0.46mg 0.1mg Prickly pear
Vitamin B5 0.19mg Lemon
Vitamin B6 0.06mg 0.08mg Lemon
Folate 6µg 11µg Lemon
Choline 5.1mg Lemon
Saturated Fat 0.067g 0.039g Lemon
Monounsaturated Fat 0.075g 0.011g Prickly pear
Polyunsaturated fat 0.213g 0.089g Prickly pear

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Prickly pear Lemon
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
7%
Prickly pear
18%
Lemon
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
15%
Prickly pear
8%
Lemon

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Prickly pear
Prickly pear is lower in Sugar (difference - 2.5g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Prickly pear
Prickly pear is lower in glycemic index (difference - 7)
Which food is cheaper?
Prickly pear
Prickly pear is cheaper (difference - $0.5)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Prickly pear
Prickly pear is relatively richer in minerals
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 - 0.028g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Lemon
Lemon is relatively richer in vitamins
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. Prickly pear - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167750/nutrients
  2. Lemon - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167746/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.