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Barley vs Oatmeal - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Barley and Oatmeal?

  • Barley is higher in Fiber, Manganese, Selenium, Copper, Vitamin B1, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Zinc, yet Oatmeal is higher in Iron, and Vitamin A RAE.
  • Barley's daily need coverage for Fiber is 62% more.
  • Barley has 8 times more Copper than Oatmeal. While Barley has 0.498mg of Copper, Oatmeal has only 0.066mg.

We used Barley, hulled and Cereals, oats, instant, fortified, plain, prepared with water (boiling water added or microwaved) types in this article.

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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
6
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Contains more Magnesium +411.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +242.9%
Contains more Potassium +641%
Contains less Sodium -75.5%
Contains more Zinc +346.8%
Contains more Copper +654.5%
Contains more Calcium +142.4%
Contains more Iron +65.6%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 10% 135% 95% 114% 40% 2% 76% 166%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 24% 224% 19% 33% 6% 7% 17% 22%
Contains more Magnesium +411.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +242.9%
Contains more Potassium +641%
Contains less Sodium -75.5%
Contains more Zinc +346.8%
Contains more Copper +654.5%
Contains more Calcium +142.4%
Contains more Iron +65.6%

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
6
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Contains more Vitamin E +714.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +148.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +32.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +52.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +450%
Contains more Vitamin A +1868.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +12.4%
Contains more Folate +131.6%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.29
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 26% 2% 0% 0% 65% 50% 57% 20% 67% 33% 0% 1%
Contains more Vitamin E +714.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +148.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +32.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +52.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +450%
Contains more Vitamin A +1868.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +12.4%
Contains more Folate +131.6%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.29

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Barley Oatmeal Opinion
Net carbs 56.18g 9.97g Barley
Protein 12.48g 2.37g Barley
Fats 2.3g 1.36g Barley
Carbs 73.48g 11.67g Barley
Calories 354kcal 68kcal Barley
Starch g 10.37g Oatmeal
Fructose g 0g Oatmeal
Sugar 0.8g 0.46g Oatmeal
Fiber 17.3g 1.7g Barley
Calcium 33mg 80mg Oatmeal
Iron 3.6mg 5.96mg Oatmeal
Magnesium 133mg 26mg Barley
Phosphorus 264mg 77mg Barley
Potassium 452mg 61mg Barley
Sodium 12mg 49mg Barley
Zinc 2.77mg 0.62mg Barley
Copper 0.498mg 0.066mg Barley
Vitamin A 22IU 433IU Oatmeal
Vitamin E 0.57mg 0.07mg Barley
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.646mg 0.26mg Barley
Vitamin B2 0.285mg 0.215mg Barley
Vitamin B3 4.604mg 3.025mg Barley
Vitamin B5 0.282mg 0.317mg Oatmeal
Vitamin B6 0.318mg 0.29mg Barley
Folate 19µg 44µg Oatmeal
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 2.2µg 0.4µg Barley
Tryptophan 0.208mg 0.04mg Barley
Threonine 0.424mg 0.083mg Barley
Isoleucine 0.456mg 0.105mg Barley
Leucine 0.848mg 0.2mg Barley
Lysine 0.465mg 0.135mg Barley
Methionine 0.24mg 0.04mg Barley
Phenylalanine 0.7mg 0.13mg Barley
Valine 0.612mg 0.151mg Barley
Histidine 0.281mg 0.057mg Barley
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat g 0.003g Barley
Saturated Fat 0.482g 0.226g Oatmeal
Monounsaturated Fat 0.295g 0.391g Oatmeal
Polyunsaturated fat 1.108g 0.426g Barley

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Barley Oatmeal
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
27
Oatmeal
Mineral Summary Score
80
Barley
44
Oatmeal

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
14%
Oatmeal
Carbohydrates
73%
Barley
12%
Oatmeal
Fats
11%
Barley
6%
Oatmeal

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Oatmeal
Oatmeal is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.34g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Oatmeal
Oatmeal is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.256g)
Which food is cheaper?
Oatmeal
Oatmeal is cheaper (difference - $1.5)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Barley
Barley contains less Sodium (difference - 37mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 51)
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.

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. Oatmeal - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171662/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.