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Barley vs Pasta - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Barley and Pasta different?

  • Barley is higher than Pasta in Manganese, Copper, Vitamin B1, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Zinc, and Potassium.
  • Barley covers your daily need of Manganese 75% more than Pasta.
  • Barley contains 19 times more Potassium than Pasta. Barley contains 452mg of Potassium, while Pasta contains 24mg.

Barley, hulled and Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, plain, cooked types were used 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
7
:
1
Pasta
Contains more Iron +215.8%
Contains more Calcium +450%
Contains more Potassium +1783.3%
Contains more Magnesium +638.9%
Contains more Copper +435.5%
Contains more Zinc +394.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +319%
Contains less Sodium -50%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 135% 10% 40% 95% 166% 76% 114% 2%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 43% 2% 3% 13% 31% 16% 27% 1%
Contains more Iron +215.8%
Contains more Calcium +450%
Contains more Potassium +1783.3%
Contains more Magnesium +638.9%
Contains more Copper +435.5%
Contains more Zinc +394.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +319%
Contains less Sodium -50%

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
9
:
2
Pasta
Contains more Vitamin B1 +209.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +90%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +364.1%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +54.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +835.3%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Contains more Folate +236.8%
Equal in Vitamin A - 20
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% 2% 0% 0% 53% 35% 19% 11% 8% 18% 0% 48%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +209.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +90%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +364.1%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +54.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +835.3%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Contains more Folate +236.8%
Equal in Vitamin A - 20

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
16
Pasta
Mineral Summary Score
80
Barley
17
Pasta

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
31%
Pasta
Carbohydrates
73%
Barley
25%
Pasta
Fats
11%
Barley
5%
Pasta

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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Barley Pasta
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?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.8g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Pasta
Pasta contains less Sodium (difference - 6mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.332g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Barley
Barley is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 33mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 21)
Which food is cheaper?
Barley
Barley is cheaper (difference - $1.5)
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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Barley Pasta Opinion
Calories 354 131 Barley
Protein 12.48 5.15 Barley
Fats 2.3 1.05 Barley
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 73.48 24.93 Barley
Cholesterol 0 33 Barley
Vitamin D 0 Barley
Iron 3.6 1.14 Barley
Calcium 33 6 Barley
Potassium 452 24 Barley
Magnesium 133 18 Barley
Sugar 0.8 Pasta
Fiber 17.3 Barley
Copper 0.498 0.093 Barley
Zinc 2.77 0.56 Barley
Starch
Phosphorus 264 63 Barley
Sodium 12 6 Pasta
Vitamin A 22 20 Barley
Vitamin E 0.57 Barley
Vitamin D 0 Barley
Vitamin B1 0.646 0.209 Barley
Vitamin B2 0.285 0.15 Barley
Vitamin B3 4.604 0.992 Barley
Vitamin B5 0.282 0.183 Barley
Vitamin B6 0.318 0.034 Barley
Vitamin B12 0 0.14 Pasta
Vitamin K 2.2 Barley
Folate 19 64 Pasta
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 0.482 0.15 Pasta
Monounsaturated Fat 0.295 0.124 Barley
Polyunsaturated fat 1.108 0.429 Barley
Tryptophan 0.208 0.065 Barley
Threonine 0.424 0.134 Barley
Isoleucine 0.456 0.197 Barley
Leucine 0.848 0.348 Barley
Lysine 0.465 0.097 Barley
Methionine 0.24 0.079 Barley
Phenylalanine 0.7 0.247 Barley
Valine 0.612 0.217 Barley
Histidine 0.281 0.103 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. Pasta - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169728/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.