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Barley vs Cornmeal - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Barley and Cornmeal?

  • Barley is richer in Manganese, Fiber, Selenium, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Vitamin B6, yet Cornmeal is richer in Folate, and Iron.
  • Barley's daily need coverage for Manganese is 77% higher.
  • Barley has 7 times more Copper than Cornmeal. Barley has 0.498mg of Copper, while Cornmeal has 0.076mg.

We used Barley, hulled and Cornmeal, degermed, enriched, yellow 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 +1000%
Contains more Magnesium +315.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +166.7%
Contains more Potassium +218.3%
Contains more Zinc +319.7%
Contains more Copper +555.3%
Contains more Iron +21.1%
Contains less Sodium -41.7%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 10% 135% 95% 114% 40% 2% 76% 166%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 1% 164% 23% 43% 13% 1% 19% 26%
Contains more Calcium +1000%
Contains more Magnesium +315.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +166.7%
Contains more Potassium +218.3%
Contains more Zinc +319.7%
Contains more Copper +555.3%
Contains more Iron +21.1%
Contains less Sodium -41.7%

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
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Contains more Vitamin E +375%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +17.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +17.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +74.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +872.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +34%
Contains more Folate +1000%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 4.968
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 2% 12% 0% 0% 162% 66% 87% 17% 74% 15% 0% 6%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 13% 3% 0% 0% 138% 89% 94% 15% 42% 157% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin E +375%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +17.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +17.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +74.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +872.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +34%
Contains more Folate +1000%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 4.968

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 Cornmeal
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Barley Cornmeal Opinion
Net carbs 56.18g 75.55g Cornmeal
Protein 12.48g 7.11g Barley
Fats 2.3g 1.75g Barley
Carbs 73.48g 79.45g Cornmeal
Calories 354kcal 370kcal Cornmeal
Starch g 73.3g Cornmeal
Fructose g 0.17g Cornmeal
Sugar 0.8g 1.61g Barley
Fiber 17.3g 3.9g Barley
Calcium 33mg 3mg Barley
Iron 3.6mg 4.36mg Cornmeal
Magnesium 133mg 32mg Barley
Phosphorus 264mg 99mg Barley
Potassium 452mg 142mg Barley
Sodium 12mg 7mg Cornmeal
Zinc 2.77mg 0.66mg Barley
Copper 0.498mg 0.076mg Barley
Vitamin A 22IU 214IU Cornmeal
Vitamin E 0.57mg 0.12mg Barley
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.646mg 0.551mg Barley
Vitamin B2 0.285mg 0.382mg Cornmeal
Vitamin B3 4.604mg 4.968mg Cornmeal
Vitamin B5 0.282mg 0.24mg Barley
Vitamin B6 0.318mg 0.182mg Barley
Folate 19µg 209µg Cornmeal
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 2.2µg 0µg Barley
Tryptophan 0.208mg 0.038mg Barley
Threonine 0.424mg 0.172mg Barley
Isoleucine 0.456mg 0.242mg Barley
Leucine 0.848mg 1.006mg Cornmeal
Lysine 0.465mg 0.105mg Barley
Methionine 0.24mg 0.162mg Barley
Phenylalanine 0.7mg 0.366mg Barley
Valine 0.612mg 0.337mg Barley
Histidine 0.281mg 0.172mg Barley
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat g 0g Barley
Saturated Fat 0.482g 0.22g Cornmeal
Monounsaturated Fat 0.295g 0.39g Cornmeal
Polyunsaturated fat 1.108g 0.828g Barley

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Barley Cornmeal
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
36
Barley
46
Cornmeal
Mineral Summary Score
80
Barley
36
Cornmeal

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
43%
Cornmeal
Carbohydrates
73%
Barley
79%
Cornmeal
Fats
11%
Barley
8%
Cornmeal

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Cornmeal
Cornmeal contains less Sodium (difference - 5mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Cornmeal
Cornmeal is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.262g)
Which food is cheaper?
Cornmeal
Cornmeal is cheaper (difference - $0.1)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Barley
Barley is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.81g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 40)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Barley
Barley is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
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.

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. Cornmeal - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168867/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.