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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 Iron +19.6%
Contains more Calcium +312.5%
Contains more Potassium +131.8%
Contains more Magnesium +16.7%
Contains more Zinc +64.9%
Contains more Copper +50.6%
Contains less Sodium -58.3%
Equal in Phosphorus - 285
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 135% 10% 40% 95% 166% 76% 114% 2%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 113% 3% 18% 82% 250% 46% 123% 1%
Contains more Iron +19.6%
Contains more Calcium +312.5%
Contains more Potassium +131.8%
Contains more Magnesium +16.7%
Contains more Zinc +64.9%
Contains more Copper +50.6%
Contains less Sodium -58.3%
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 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% 1% 0% 106% 67% 89% 51% 89% 0% 3% 64%
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 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 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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Barley Millet
Low Calories diet ok
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?
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

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.