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Barley vs Wheat gluten - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Barley and Wheat gluten?

  • Barley is richer in Fiber, Copper, Magnesium, and Zinc, yet Wheat gluten is richer in Vitamin B1, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Iron, and Calcium.
  • Barley's daily need coverage for Fiber is 67% higher.
  • Barley has 5 times more Magnesium than Wheat gluten. Barley has 133mg of Magnesium, while Wheat gluten has 25mg.

We used Barley, hulled and Vital wheat gluten types in this comparison.

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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 Potassium +352%
Contains more Magnesium +432%
Contains more Copper +173.6%
Contains more Zinc +225.9%
Contains less Sodium -58.6%
Contains more Iron +44.4%
Contains more Calcium +330.3%
Equal in Phosphorus - 260
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 135% 10% 40% 95% 166% 76% 114% 2%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 195% 43% 9% 18% 61% 24% 112% 4%
Contains more Potassium +352%
Contains more Magnesium +432%
Contains more Copper +173.6%
Contains more Zinc +225.9%
Contains less Sodium -58.6%
Contains more Iron +44.4%
Contains more Calcium +330.3%
Equal in Phosphorus - 260

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
:
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%
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% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%

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
0
Wheat gluten
Mineral Summary Score
80
Barley
58
Wheat gluten

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
451%
Wheat gluten
Carbohydrates
73%
Barley
14%
Wheat gluten
Fats
11%
Barley
9%
Wheat gluten

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

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Barley Wheat gluten
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?
Wheat gluten
Wheat gluten is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.8g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Wheat gluten
Wheat gluten is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.21g)
Which food is cheaper?
Wheat gluten
Wheat gluten is cheaper (difference - $1.5)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Barley
Barley contains less Sodium (difference - 17mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 36)
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)
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Barley Wheat gluten Opinion
Calories 354 370 Wheat gluten
Protein 12.48 75.16 Wheat gluten
Fats 2.3 1.85 Barley
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 73.48 13.79 Barley
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 3.6 5.2 Wheat gluten
Calcium 33 142 Wheat gluten
Potassium 452 100 Barley
Magnesium 133 25 Barley
Sugar 0.8 0 Wheat gluten
Fiber 17.3 0.6 Barley
Copper 0.498 0.182 Barley
Zinc 2.77 0.85 Barley
Starch
Phosphorus 264 260 Barley
Sodium 12 29 Barley
Vitamin A 22 0 Barley
Vitamin E 0.57 0 Barley
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.646 0 Barley
Vitamin B2 0.285 0 Barley
Vitamin B3 4.604 0 Barley
Vitamin B5 0.282 0 Barley
Vitamin B6 0.318 0 Barley
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 2.2 0 Barley
Folate 19 0 Barley
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 0.482 0.272 Wheat gluten
Monounsaturated Fat 0.295 0.156 Barley
Polyunsaturated fat 1.108 0.81 Barley
Tryptophan 0.208 Barley
Threonine 0.424 Barley
Isoleucine 0.456 Barley
Leucine 0.848 Barley
Lysine 0.465 Barley
Methionine 0.24 Barley
Phenylalanine 0.7 Barley
Valine 0.612 Barley
Histidine 0.281 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. Wheat gluten - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168147/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.