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Barley vs Buckwheat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Important differences between Barley and Buckwheat

  • Barley has more Selenium, Vitamin B1, Fiber, Manganese, and Iron, however Buckwheat has more Copper, Magnesium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3, and Phosphorus.
  • Buckwheat's daily need coverage for Copper is 67% more.
  • Barley has 6 times more Vitamin B1 than Buckwheat. Barley has 0.646mg of Vitamin B1, while Buckwheat has 0.101mg.

The food varieties used in the comparison are Barley, hulled and Buckwheat.

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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
Barley
3
:
Contains more Iron +63.6%
Contains more Calcium +83.3%
Contains more Zinc +15.4%
Contains more Magnesium +73.7%
Contains more Copper +120.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +31.4%
Contains less Sodium -91.7%
Equal in Potassium - 460
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 135% 10% 40% 95% 166% 76% 114% 2%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 83% 6% 41% 166% 367% 66% 149% 1%
Contains more Iron +63.6%
Contains more Calcium +83.3%
Contains more Zinc +15.4%
Contains more Magnesium +73.7%
Contains more Copper +120.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +31.4%
Contains less Sodium -91.7%
Equal in Potassium - 460

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
Barley
5
:
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +539.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +51.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +49.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +52.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +337.2%
Contains more Folate +57.9%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 2% 12% 0% 162% 66% 87% 17% 74% 0% 6% 15%
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% 0% 0% 26% 99% 132% 74% 49% 0% 0% 23%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +539.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +51.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +49.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +52.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +337.2%
Contains more Folate +57.9%

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
36
Barley
33
Buckwheat
Mineral Summary Score
80
Barley
109
Buckwheat

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
75%
Barley
80%
Buckwheat
Carbohydrates
73%
Barley
72%
Buckwheat
Fats
11%
Barley
16%
Buckwheat

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

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Barley Buckwheat
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Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Buckwheat
Buckwheat is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.8g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Buckwheat
Buckwheat contains less Sodium (difference - 11mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Barley
Barley is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.259g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 26)
Which food is cheaper?
Barley
Barley is cheaper (difference - $1.1)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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.
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Barley Buckwheat Opinion
Calories 354 343 Barley
Protein 12.48 13.25 Buckwheat
Fats 2.3 3.4 Buckwheat
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 73.48 71.5 Barley
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 3.6 2.2 Barley
Calcium 33 18 Barley
Potassium 452 460 Buckwheat
Magnesium 133 231 Buckwheat
Sugar 0.8 Buckwheat
Fiber 17.3 10 Barley
Copper 0.498 1.1 Buckwheat
Zinc 2.77 2.4 Barley
Starch
Phosphorus 264 347 Buckwheat
Sodium 12 1 Buckwheat
Vitamin A 22 0 Barley
Vitamin E 0.57 Barley
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.646 0.101 Barley
Vitamin B2 0.285 0.425 Buckwheat
Vitamin B3 4.604 7.02 Buckwheat
Vitamin B5 0.282 1.233 Buckwheat
Vitamin B6 0.318 0.21 Barley
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 2.2 Barley
Folate 19 30 Buckwheat
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 0.482 0.741 Barley
Monounsaturated Fat 0.295 1.04 Buckwheat
Polyunsaturated fat 1.108 1.039 Barley
Tryptophan 0.208 0.192 Barley
Threonine 0.424 0.506 Buckwheat
Isoleucine 0.456 0.498 Buckwheat
Leucine 0.848 0.832 Barley
Lysine 0.465 0.672 Buckwheat
Methionine 0.24 0.172 Barley
Phenylalanine 0.7 0.52 Barley
Valine 0.612 0.678 Buckwheat
Histidine 0.281 0.309 Buckwheat
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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. Barley - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170283/nutrients
  2. Buckwheat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170286/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.