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Barley vs Lentil - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Barley and Lentil

  • Barley has more Selenium, Manganese, Vitamin B1, Fiber, Copper, Magnesium, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, and Zinc, however Lentil has more Folate.
  • Daily need coverage for Selenium from Barley is 63% higher.
  • Lentil has 4 times less Vitamin B3 than Barley. Barley has 4.604mg of Vitamin B3, while Lentil has 1.06mg.

Food types used in this article are Barley, hulled and Lentils, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt.

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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
7
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1
Lentil
Contains more Calcium +73.7%
Contains more Magnesium +269.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +46.7%
Contains more Potassium +22.5%
Contains more Zinc +118.1%
Contains more Copper +98.4%
Contains less Sodium -83.3%
Equal in Iron - 3.33
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 10% 135% 95% 114% 40% 2% 76% 166%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 125% 26% 78% 33% 1% 35% 84%
Contains more Calcium +73.7%
Contains more Magnesium +269.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +46.7%
Contains more Potassium +22.5%
Contains more Zinc +118.1%
Contains more Copper +98.4%
Contains less Sodium -83.3%
Equal in Iron - 3.33

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
7
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3
Lentil
Contains more Vitamin A +175%
Contains more Vitamin E +418.2%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +282.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +290.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +334.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +78.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +29.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +126.2%
Contains more Folate +852.6%
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 1% 3% 0% 5% 43% 17% 20% 39% 42% 136% 0% 5%
Contains more Vitamin A +175%
Contains more Vitamin E +418.2%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +282.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +290.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +334.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +78.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +29.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +126.2%
Contains more Folate +852.6%

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 Lentil
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
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Barley Lentil Opinion
Net carbs 56.18g 12.23g Barley
Protein 12.48g 9.02g Barley
Fats 2.3g 0.38g Barley
Carbs 73.48g 20.13g Barley
Calories 354kcal 116kcal Barley
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0.8g 1.8g Barley
Fiber 17.3g 7.9g Barley
Calcium 33mg 19mg Barley
Iron 3.6mg 3.33mg Barley
Magnesium 133mg 36mg Barley
Phosphorus 264mg 180mg Barley
Potassium 452mg 369mg Barley
Sodium 12mg 2mg Lentil
Zinc 2.77mg 1.27mg Barley
Copper 0.498mg 0.251mg Barley
Vitamin A 22IU 8IU Barley
Vitamin E 0.57mg 0.11mg Barley
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0mg 1.5mg Lentil
Vitamin B1 0.646mg 0.169mg Barley
Vitamin B2 0.285mg 0.073mg Barley
Vitamin B3 4.604mg 1.06mg Barley
Vitamin B5 0.282mg 0.638mg Lentil
Vitamin B6 0.318mg 0.178mg Barley
Folate 19µg 181µg Lentil
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 2.2µg 1.7µg Barley
Tryptophan 0.208mg 0.081mg Barley
Threonine 0.424mg 0.323mg Barley
Isoleucine 0.456mg 0.39mg Barley
Leucine 0.848mg 0.654mg Barley
Lysine 0.465mg 0.63mg Lentil
Methionine 0.24mg 0.077mg Barley
Phenylalanine 0.7mg 0.445mg Barley
Valine 0.612mg 0.448mg Barley
Histidine 0.281mg 0.254mg Barley
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat g 0g Barley
Saturated Fat 0.482g 0.053g Lentil
Monounsaturated Fat 0.295g 0.064g Barley
Polyunsaturated fat 1.108g 0.175g Barley

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Barley Lentil
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
26
Lentil
Mineral Summary Score
80
Barley
48
Lentil

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
54%
Lentil
Carbohydrates
73%
Barley
20%
Lentil
Fats
11%
Barley
2%
Lentil

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Lentil
Lentil contains less Sodium (difference - 10mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.429g)
Which food is cheaper?
Lentil
Lentil is cheaper (difference - $0.4)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Barley
Barley is lower in Sugar (difference - 1g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 1)
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
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

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. Lentil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172421/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.