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Amaranth grain vs Pasta - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Amaranth grain and Pasta?

  • Amaranth grain is richer in Manganese, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Vitamin B6, yet Pasta is richer in Vitamin B1, Folate, and Vitamin B2.
  • Amaranth grain's daily need coverage for Manganese is 27% higher.
  • Amaranth grain has 4 times more Magnesium than Pasta. Amaranth grain has 65mg of Magnesium, while Pasta has 18mg.

We used Amaranth grain, cooked and Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, plain, cooked 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
Contains more Calcium +683.3%
Contains more Iron +84.2%
Contains more Magnesium +261.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +134.9%
Contains more Potassium +462.5%
Contains more Zinc +53.6%
Contains more Copper +60.2%
Equal in Sodium - 6
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 15% 79% 47% 64% 12% 1% 24% 50%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 2% 43% 13% 27% 3% 1% 16% 31%
Contains more Calcium +683.3%
Contains more Iron +84.2%
Contains more Magnesium +261.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +134.9%
Contains more Potassium +462.5%
Contains more Zinc +53.6%
Contains more Copper +60.2%
Equal in Sodium - 6

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
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Pasta
Contains more Vitamin B6 +232.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1293.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +581.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +322.1%
Contains more Folate +190.9%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 4% 0% 0% 4% 6% 5% 0% 27% 17% 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 2% 0% 0% 0% 53% 35% 19% 11% 8% 48% 18% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +232.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1293.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +581.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +322.1%
Contains more Folate +190.9%

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.
Amaranth grain Pasta
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in Sodium Equal
Lower in price Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Amaranth grain Pasta Opinion
Net carbs 16.59g 24.93g Pasta
Protein 3.8g 5.15g Pasta
Fats 1.58g 1.05g Amaranth grain
Carbs 18.69g 24.93g Pasta
Calories 102kcal 131kcal Pasta
Starch 16.23g g Amaranth grain
Fructose g g
Sugar g g
Fiber 2.1g g Amaranth grain
Calcium 47mg 6mg Amaranth grain
Iron 2.1mg 1.14mg Amaranth grain
Magnesium 65mg 18mg Amaranth grain
Phosphorus 148mg 63mg Amaranth grain
Potassium 135mg 24mg Amaranth grain
Sodium 6mg 6mg
Zinc 0.86mg 0.56mg Amaranth grain
Copper 0.149mg 0.093mg Amaranth grain
Vitamin A IU 20IU Pasta
Vitamin E 0.19mg mg Amaranth grain
Vitamin D IU IU
Vitamin D µg µg
Vitamin C mg 0mg Pasta
Vitamin B1 0.015mg 0.209mg Pasta
Vitamin B2 0.022mg 0.15mg Pasta
Vitamin B3 0.235mg 0.992mg Pasta
Vitamin B5 mg 0.183mg Pasta
Vitamin B6 0.113mg 0.034mg Amaranth grain
Folate 22µg 64µg Pasta
Vitamin B12 µg 0.14µg Pasta
Vitamin K µg µg
Tryptophan mg 0.065mg Pasta
Threonine mg 0.134mg Pasta
Isoleucine mg 0.197mg Pasta
Leucine mg 0.348mg Pasta
Lysine mg 0.097mg Pasta
Methionine mg 0.079mg Pasta
Phenylalanine mg 0.247mg Pasta
Valine mg 0.217mg Pasta
Histidine mg 0.103mg Pasta
Cholesterol mg 33mg Amaranth grain
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat g 0.15g Amaranth grain
Monounsaturated Fat g 0.124g Pasta
Polyunsaturated fat g 0.429g Pasta

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Amaranth grain Pasta
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
5
Amaranth grain
16
Pasta
Mineral Summary Score
36
Amaranth grain
17
Pasta

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
23%
Amaranth grain
31%
Pasta
Carbohydrates
19%
Amaranth grain
25%
Pasta
Fats
7%
Amaranth grain
5%
Pasta

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in glycemic index (difference - 48)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Pasta
Pasta is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Amaranth grain
Amaranth grain is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 33mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Amaranth grain
Amaranth grain is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.15g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Amaranth grain
Amaranth grain is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sodium (6 mg)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($3)

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. Amaranth grain - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170683/nutrients
  2. Pasta - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169728/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.