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Cereal vs. Lentil — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Cereal and Lentil different?

  • Cereal is richer in Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Iron, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin A RAE, Zinc, and Vitamin C, while Lentil is higher in Fiber.
  • Cereal covers your daily need of Vitamin B1 510% more than Lentil.
  • Lentil is lower in Sodium.

Cereals ready-to-eat, USDA Commodity Corn and Rice (includes all commodity brands) and Lentils, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Cereal
4
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6
Lentil
Contains more Iron +922.8%
Contains more Zinc +498.4%
Contains more Manganese +59.9%
Contains more Selenium +125%
Contains more Calcium +90%
Contains more Magnesium +89.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +133.8%
Contains more Potassium +251.4%
Contains less Sodium -99.7%
Contains more Copper +83.2%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 3% 1278% 14% 33% 10% 104% 208% 46% 104% 35%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 125% 26% 78% 33% 1% 35% 84% 65% 16%
Contains more Iron +922.8%
Contains more Zinc +498.4%
Contains more Manganese +59.9%
Contains more Selenium +125%
Contains more Calcium +90%
Contains more Magnesium +89.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +133.8%
Contains more Potassium +251.4%
Contains less Sodium -99.7%
Contains more Copper +83.2%

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Cereal
6
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6
Lentil
Contains more Vitamin A +34800%
Contains more Vitamin C +2466.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +3620.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +5201.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +2694.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +3262.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +37.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +182.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 168% 2% 0% 129% 1572% 894% 556% 14% 1382% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 3% 0% 5% 43% 17% 20% 39% 42% 136% 0% 5%
Contains more Vitamin A +34800%
Contains more Vitamin C +2466.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +3620.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +5201.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +2694.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +3262.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +37.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +182.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Cereal
3
:
2
Lentil
Contains more Fats +184.2%
Contains more Carbs +331.4%
Contains more Other +168.7%
Contains more Protein +48.8%
Contains more Water +1742.3%
6% 87% 4% 2%
Protein: 6.06 g
Fats: 1.08 g
Carbs: 86.85 g
Water: 3.78 g
Other: 2.23 g
9% 20% 70%
Protein: 9.02 g
Fats: 0.38 g
Carbs: 20.13 g
Water: 69.64 g
Other: 0.83 g
Contains more Fats +184.2%
Contains more Carbs +331.4%
Contains more Other +168.7%
Contains more Protein +48.8%
Contains more Water +1742.3%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Cereal
2
:
1
Lentil
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +218.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +102.3%
Contains less Saturated Fat -79.6%
32% 25% 43%
Saturated Fat: 0.26 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.204 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.354 g
18% 22% 60%
Saturated Fat: 0.053 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.064 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.175 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +218.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +102.3%
Contains less Saturated Fat -79.6%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Cereal Lentil
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Cereal Lentil Opinion
Net carbs 85.45g 12.23g Cereal
Protein 6.06g 9.02g Lentil
Fats 1.08g 0.38g Cereal
Carbs 86.85g 20.13g Cereal
Calories 378kcal 116kcal Cereal
Fructose 0.26g Cereal
Sugar 10.35g 1.8g Lentil
Fiber 1.4g 7.9g Lentil
Calcium 10mg 19mg Lentil
Iron 34.06mg 3.33mg Cereal
Magnesium 19mg 36mg Lentil
Phosphorus 77mg 180mg Lentil
Potassium 105mg 369mg Lentil
Sodium 795mg 2mg Lentil
Zinc 7.6mg 1.27mg Cereal
Copper 0.137mg 0.251mg Lentil
Manganese 0.79mg 0.494mg Cereal
Selenium 6.3µg 2.8µg Cereal
Vitamin A 2792IU 8IU Cereal
Vitamin A RAE 814µg 0µg Cereal
Vitamin E 0.08mg 0.11mg Lentil
Vitamin C 38.5mg 1.5mg Cereal
Vitamin B1 6.288mg 0.169mg Cereal
Vitamin B2 3.87mg 0.073mg Cereal
Vitamin B3 29.62mg 1.06mg Cereal
Vitamin B5 0.226mg 0.638mg Lentil
Vitamin B6 5.986mg 0.178mg Cereal
Folate 181µg Lentil
Vitamin K 0µg 1.7µg Lentil
Tryptophan 0.066mg 0.081mg Lentil
Threonine 0.241mg 0.323mg Lentil
Isoleucine 0.26mg 0.39mg Lentil
Leucine 0.767mg 0.654mg Cereal
Lysine 0.113mg 0.63mg Lentil
Methionine 0.13mg 0.077mg Cereal
Phenylalanine 0.365mg 0.445mg Lentil
Valine 0.344mg 0.448mg Lentil
Histidine 0.162mg 0.254mg Lentil
Saturated Fat 0.26g 0.053g Lentil
Monounsaturated Fat 0.204g 0.064g Cereal
Polyunsaturated fat 0.354g 0.175g Cereal

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Cereal Lentil
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
393%
Cereal
26%
Lentil
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
183%
Cereal
46%
Lentil

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in Sugar (difference - 8.55g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Lentil
Lentil contains less Sodium (difference - 793mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.207g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in glycemic index (difference - 40)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Cereal
Cereal is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 0mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Cereal
Cereal is cheaper (difference - $1.1)
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. Lentil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172421/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.