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Buckwheat vs Flour - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Buckwheat and Flour different?

  • Buckwheat is higher in Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Fiber, Manganese, and Vitamin B5, however Flour is richer in Vitamin B1, Selenium, Folate, and Iron.
  • Daily need coverage for Copper from Buckwheat is 106% higher.
  • Buckwheat contains 11 times more Magnesium than Flour. While Buckwheat contains 231mg of Magnesium, Flour contains only 22mg.

Buckwheat and Wheat flour, white, all-purpose, enriched, bleached are the varieties 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
Contains more Calcium +20%
Contains more Potassium +329.9%
Contains more Magnesium +950%
Contains more Copper +663.9%
Contains more Zinc +242.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +221.3%
Contains less Sodium -50%
Contains more Iron +110.9%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 83% 6% 41% 166% 367% 66% 149% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 174% 5% 10% 16% 48% 20% 47% 1%
Contains more Calcium +20%
Contains more Potassium +329.9%
Contains more Magnesium +950%
Contains more Copper +663.9%
Contains more Zinc +242.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +221.3%
Contains less Sodium -50%
Contains more Iron +110.9%

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
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Flour
Contains more Vitamin B3 +18.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +181.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +377.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +677.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +16.2%
Contains more Folate +510%
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% 26% 99% 132% 74% 49% 0% 0% 23%
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% 2% 0% 197% 114% 111% 27% 11% 0% 1% 138%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +18.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +181.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +377.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +677.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +16.2%
Contains more Folate +510%

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
33
Buckwheat
50
Flour
Mineral Summary Score
109
Buckwheat
40
Flour

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
80%
Buckwheat
62%
Flour
Carbohydrates
72%
Buckwheat
76%
Flour
Fats
16%
Buckwheat
5%
Flour

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.
Buckwheat Flour
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

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Buckwheat Flour
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 Saturated Fat?
Flour
Flour is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.586g)
Which food is cheaper?
Flour
Flour is cheaper (difference - $1.6)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Buckwheat
Buckwheat is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.27g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Buckwheat
Buckwheat contains less Sodium (difference - 1mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Buckwheat
Buckwheat is lower in glycemic index (difference - 18)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Buckwheat
Buckwheat 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 Buckwheat Flour Opinion
Calories 343 364 Flour
Protein 13.25 10.33 Buckwheat
Fats 3.4 0.98 Buckwheat
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 71.5 76.31 Flour
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 2.2 4.64 Flour
Calcium 18 15 Buckwheat
Potassium 460 107 Buckwheat
Magnesium 231 22 Buckwheat
Sugar 0.27 Buckwheat
Fiber 10 2.7 Buckwheat
Copper 1.1 0.144 Buckwheat
Zinc 2.4 0.7 Buckwheat
Starch
Phosphorus 347 108 Buckwheat
Sodium 1 2 Buckwheat
Vitamin A 0 0
Vitamin E 0.06 Flour
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.101 0.785 Flour
Vitamin B2 0.425 0.494 Flour
Vitamin B3 7.02 5.904 Buckwheat
Vitamin B5 1.233 0.438 Buckwheat
Vitamin B6 0.21 0.044 Buckwheat
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 0.3 Flour
Folate 30 183 Flour
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 0.741 0.155 Flour
Monounsaturated Fat 1.04 0.087 Buckwheat
Polyunsaturated fat 1.039 0.413 Buckwheat
Tryptophan 0.192 0.127 Buckwheat
Threonine 0.506 0.281 Buckwheat
Isoleucine 0.498 0.357 Buckwheat
Leucine 0.832 0.71 Buckwheat
Lysine 0.672 0.228 Buckwheat
Methionine 0.172 0.183 Flour
Phenylalanine 0.52 0.52
Valine 0.678 0.415 Buckwheat
Histidine 0.309 0.23 Buckwheat
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. Buckwheat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170286/nutrients
  2. Flour - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168894/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.