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Barley vs. Pasta — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Barley and Pasta different?

  • Barley is higher than Pasta in Manganese, Copper, Vitamin B1, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Zinc, and Potassium.
  • Barley covers your daily need of Manganese 75% more than Pasta.
  • Barley contains 19 times more Potassium than Pasta. Barley contains 452mg of Potassium, while Pasta contains 24mg.

Barley, hulled and Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, plain, cooked types were 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Barley
9
:
1
Pasta
Contains more Calcium +450%
Contains more Iron +215.8%
Contains more Magnesium +638.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +319%
Contains more Potassium +1783.3%
Contains more Zinc +394.6%
Contains more Copper +435.5%
Contains more Manganese +767.4%
Contains less Sodium -50%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 10% 135% 95% 114% 40% 2% 76% 166% 254% 206%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 2% 43% 13% 27% 3% 1% 16% 31% 30% 0%
Contains more Calcium +450%
Contains more Iron +215.8%
Contains more Magnesium +638.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +319%
Contains more Potassium +1783.3%
Contains more Zinc +394.6%
Contains more Copper +435.5%
Contains more Manganese +767.4%
Contains less Sodium -50%

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.
Barley
9
:
2
Pasta
Contains more Vitamin B1 +209.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +90%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +364.1%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +54.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +835.3%
Contains more Folate +236.8%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Equal in Vitamin A - 20
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% 12% 0% 0% 162% 66% 87% 17% 74% 15% 0% 0% 6%
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% 0% 0% 0% 53% 35% 19% 11% 8% 48% 18% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +209.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +90%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +364.1%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +54.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +835.3%
Contains more Folate +236.8%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Equal in Vitamin A - 20

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Barley
4
:
1
Pasta
Contains more Protein +142.3%
Contains more Fats +119%
Contains more Carbs +194.7%
Contains more Other +641.9%
Contains more Water +626.3%
12% 2% 73% 9% 2%
Protein: 12.48 g
Fats: 2.3 g
Carbs: 73.48 g
Water: 9.44 g
Other: 2.3 g
5% 25% 69%
Protein: 5.15 g
Fats: 1.05 g
Carbs: 24.93 g
Water: 68.56 g
Other: 0.31 g
Contains more Protein +142.3%
Contains more Fats +119%
Contains more Carbs +194.7%
Contains more Other +641.9%
Contains more Water +626.3%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Barley
2
:
1
Pasta
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +137.9%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +158.3%
Contains less Saturated Fat -68.9%
26% 16% 59%
Saturated Fat: 0.482 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.295 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.108 g
21% 18% 61%
Saturated Fat: 0.15 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.124 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.429 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +137.9%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +158.3%
Contains less Saturated Fat -68.9%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Barley Pasta Opinion
Net carbs 56.18g 24.93g Barley
Protein 12.48g 5.15g Barley
Fats 2.3g 1.05g Barley
Carbs 73.48g 24.93g Barley
Calories 354kcal 131kcal Barley
Sugar 0.8g Pasta
Fiber 17.3g Barley
Calcium 33mg 6mg Barley
Iron 3.6mg 1.14mg Barley
Magnesium 133mg 18mg Barley
Phosphorus 264mg 63mg Barley
Potassium 452mg 24mg Barley
Sodium 12mg 6mg Pasta
Zinc 2.77mg 0.56mg Barley
Copper 0.498mg 0.093mg Barley
Manganese 1.943mg 0.224mg Barley
Selenium 37.7µg Barley
Vitamin A 22IU 20IU Barley
Vitamin A RAE 1µg 6µg Pasta
Vitamin E 0.57mg Barley
Vitamin B1 0.646mg 0.209mg Barley
Vitamin B2 0.285mg 0.15mg Barley
Vitamin B3 4.604mg 0.992mg Barley
Vitamin B5 0.282mg 0.183mg Barley
Vitamin B6 0.318mg 0.034mg Barley
Folate 19µg 64µg Pasta
Vitamin B12 0µg 0.14µg Pasta
Vitamin K 2.2µg Barley
Tryptophan 0.208mg 0.065mg Barley
Threonine 0.424mg 0.134mg Barley
Isoleucine 0.456mg 0.197mg Barley
Leucine 0.848mg 0.348mg Barley
Lysine 0.465mg 0.097mg Barley
Methionine 0.24mg 0.079mg Barley
Phenylalanine 0.7mg 0.247mg Barley
Valine 0.612mg 0.217mg Barley
Histidine 0.281mg 0.103mg Barley
Cholesterol 0mg 33mg Barley
Saturated Fat 0.482g 0.15g Pasta
Monounsaturated Fat 0.295g 0.124g Barley
Polyunsaturated fat 1.108g 0.429g Barley

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Barley Pasta
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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
34%
Barley
15%
Pasta
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
110%
Barley
16%
Pasta

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.8g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Pasta
Pasta contains less Sodium (difference - 6mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.332g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Barley
Barley is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 33mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 21)
Which food is cheaper?
Barley
Barley is cheaper (difference - $1.5)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Barley
Barley is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Barley
Barley is relatively richer in vitamins

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. Barley - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170283/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.