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Bean vs Barley - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Bean and Barley?

  • Bean is richer in Folate, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium, yet Barley is richer in Manganese, Vitamin B3 and Selenium.
  • Bean's daily need coverage for Folate is 127% higher.
  • Bean has 3 times more Potassium than Barley. Bean has 1393mg of Potassium, while Barley has 452mg.

We used Beans, pinto, mature seeds, raw and Barley, hulled 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
Bean
6
:
1
Barley
Contains more Iron +40.8%
Contains more Calcium +242.4%
Contains more Potassium +208.2%
Contains more Magnesium +32.3%
Contains more Copper +79.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +55.7%
Contains more Zinc +21.5%
Equal in Sodium - 12
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 191% 34% 123% 126% 298% 63% 177% 2%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 135% 10% 40% 95% 166% 76% 114% 2%
Contains more Iron +40.8%
Contains more Calcium +242.4%
Contains more Potassium +208.2%
Contains more Magnesium +32.3%
Contains more Copper +79.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +55.7%
Contains more Zinc +21.5%
Equal in Sodium - 12

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
Bean
6
:
4
Barley
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +10.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +178.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +49.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +154.5%
Contains more Folate +2663.2%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +171.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +34.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +292.2%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.646
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 21% 0% 5% 0% 179% 49% 23% 48% 110% 0% 14% 394%
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%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +10.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +178.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +49.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +154.5%
Contains more Folate +2663.2%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +171.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +34.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +292.2%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.646

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils human daily needs, the more the summary score is
Vitamin Summary Score
70
Bean
36
Barley
Mineral Summary Score
126
Bean
80
Barley

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 the food
Protein
129%
Bean
75%
Barley
Carbohydrates
63%
Bean
73%
Barley
Fats
6%
Bean
11%
Barley

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Bean Barley
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Sugars ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Sodium Equal
Lower in price Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Bean Barley
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 richer in minerals?
Bean
Bean is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Bean
Bean is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.247g)
Which food contains less Sugars?
Barley
Barley contains less Sugars (difference - 1.31g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 5)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
?
The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food contains less Sodium?
?
The foods are relatively equal in Sodium (12 mg)
Which food is cheaper?
?
The foods are relatively equal in price ($1.5)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
?
It cannot be definitely stated which food is richer in vitamins. See charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Bean Barley Opinion
Calories 347 354 Barley
Protein 21.42 12.48 Bean
Fats 1.23 2.3 Barley
Vitamin C 6.3 0 Bean
Carbs 62.55 73.48 Barley
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 5.07 3.6 Bean
Calcium 113 33 Bean
Potassium 1393 452 Bean
Magnesium 176 133 Bean
Sugars 2.11 0.8 Barley
Fiber 15.5 17.3 Barley
Copper 0.893 0.498 Bean
Zinc 2.28 2.77 Barley
Starch 34.17 Bean
Phosphorus 411 264 Bean
Sodium 12 12
Vitamin A 0 22 Barley
Vitamin E 0.21 0.57 Barley
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.713 0.646 Bean
Vitamin B2 0.212 0.285 Barley
Vitamin B3 1.174 4.604 Barley
Vitamin B5 0.785 0.282 Bean
Vitamin B6 0.474 0.318 Bean
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 5.6 2.2 Bean
Folate 525 19 Bean
Trans Fat 0 Barley
Saturated Fat 0.235 0.482 Bean
Monounsaturated Fat 0.229 0.295 Barley
Polyunsaturated fat 0.407 1.108 Barley
Tryptophan 0.237 0.208 Bean
Threonine 0.81 0.424 Bean
Isoleucine 0.871 0.456 Bean
Leucine 1.558 0.848 Bean
Lysine 1.356 0.465 Bean
Methionine 0.259 0.24 Bean
Phenylalanine 1.095 0.7 Bean
Valine 0.998 0.612 Bean
Histidine 0.556 0.281 Bean
Fructose 0 Bean

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented seperately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links of the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Bean - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175199/nutrients
  2. Barley - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170283/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.