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Barley vs Millet - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Barley and Millet

  • Barley has more Selenium, Fiber, Vitamin B1, Manganese, Zinc, Potassium, and Iron, however Millet is higher in Copper, Folate, and Vitamin B5.
  • Barley covers your daily Selenium needs 64% more than Millet.
  • Millet contains 2 times less Potassium than Barley. Barley contains 452mg of Potassium, while Millet contains 195mg.

Food varieties used in this article are Barley, hulled and Millet, raw.

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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
5
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3
Millet
Contains more Calcium +312.5%
Contains more Iron +19.6%
Contains more Magnesium +16.7%
Contains more Potassium +131.8%
Contains more Zinc +64.9%
Contains less Sodium -58.3%
Contains more Copper +50.6%
Equal in Phosphorus - 285
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 10% 135% 95% 114% 40% 2% 76% 166%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 3% 113% 82% 123% 18% 1% 46% 250%
Contains more Calcium +312.5%
Contains more Iron +19.6%
Contains more Magnesium +16.7%
Contains more Potassium +131.8%
Contains more Zinc +64.9%
Contains less Sodium -58.3%
Contains more Copper +50.6%
Equal in Phosphorus - 285

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
4
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5
Millet
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +1040%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +53.4%
Contains more Vitamin K +144.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +200.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +20.8%
Contains more Folate +347.4%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.29
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 4.72
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 0% 1% 0% 0% 106% 67% 89% 51% 89% 64% 0% 3%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +1040%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +53.4%
Contains more Vitamin K +144.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +200.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +20.8%
Contains more Folate +347.4%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.29
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 4.72

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 Millet
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Saturated Fat 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 Millet Opinion
Net carbs 56.18g 64.35g Millet
Protein 12.48g 11.02g Barley
Fats 2.3g 4.22g Millet
Carbs 73.48g 72.85g Barley
Calories 354kcal 378kcal Millet
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0.8g g Millet
Fiber 17.3g 8.5g Barley
Calcium 33mg 8mg Barley
Iron 3.6mg 3.01mg Barley
Magnesium 133mg 114mg Barley
Phosphorus 264mg 285mg Millet
Potassium 452mg 195mg Barley
Sodium 12mg 5mg Millet
Zinc 2.77mg 1.68mg Barley
Copper 0.498mg 0.75mg Millet
Vitamin A 22IU 0IU Barley
Vitamin E 0.57mg 0.05mg Barley
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.646mg 0.421mg Barley
Vitamin B2 0.285mg 0.29mg Millet
Vitamin B3 4.604mg 4.72mg Millet
Vitamin B5 0.282mg 0.848mg Millet
Vitamin B6 0.318mg 0.384mg Millet
Folate 19µg 85µg Millet
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 2.2µg 0.9µg Barley
Tryptophan 0.208mg 0.119mg Barley
Threonine 0.424mg 0.353mg Barley
Isoleucine 0.456mg 0.465mg Millet
Leucine 0.848mg 1.4mg Millet
Lysine 0.465mg 0.212mg Barley
Methionine 0.24mg 0.221mg Barley
Phenylalanine 0.7mg 0.58mg Barley
Valine 0.612mg 0.578mg Barley
Histidine 0.281mg 0.236mg Barley
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 0.482g 0.723g Barley
Monounsaturated Fat 0.295g 0.773g Millet
Polyunsaturated fat 1.108g 2.134g Millet

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Barley Millet
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
39
Millet
Mineral Summary Score
80
Barley
79
Millet

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
66%
Millet
Carbohydrates
73%
Barley
73%
Millet
Fats
11%
Barley
19%
Millet

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Millet
Millet is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.8g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Millet
Millet contains less Sodium (difference - 7mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Millet
Millet is cheaper (difference - $0.9)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Barley
Barley is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.241g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 43)
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. Millet - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169702/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.