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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
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Pasta
Contains more Iron +84.2%
Contains more Calcium +683.3%
Contains more Potassium +462.5%
Contains more Magnesium +261.1%
Contains more Copper +60.2%
Contains more Zinc +53.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +134.9%
Equal in Sodium - 6
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 79% 15% 12% 47% 50% 24% 64% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 43% 2% 3% 13% 31% 16% 27% 1%
Contains more Iron +84.2%
Contains more Calcium +683.3%
Contains more Potassium +462.5%
Contains more Magnesium +261.1%
Contains more Copper +60.2%
Contains more Zinc +53.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +134.9%
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 C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 4% 0% 4% 6% 5% 0% 27% 0% 0% 17%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 2% 0% 0% 53% 35% 19% 11% 8% 18% 0% 48%
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 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 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

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Amaranth grain Pasta
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?
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)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

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.