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Parmigiano-Reggiano vs Ricotta - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Significant differences between Parmigiano-Reggiano and Ricotta

  • The amount of Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Copper, Vitamin B2, and Iron in Parmigiano-Reggiano is higher than in Ricotta.
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano covers your daily Calcium needs 90% more than Ricotta.
  • Ricotta has 18 times less Sodium than Parmigiano-Reggiano. Parmigiano-Reggiano has 1529mg of Sodium, while Ricotta has 84mg.

Specific food types used in this comparison are Cheese, parmesan, dry grated, reduced fat and Cheese, ricotta, whole milk.

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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
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Contains more Iron +136.8%
Contains more Calcium +435.7%
Contains more Potassium +19%
Contains more Magnesium +245.5%
Contains more Copper +1033.3%
Contains more Zinc +233.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +361.4%
Contains less Sodium -94.5%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 34% 333% 12% 28% 80% 106% 313% 200%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 15% 63% 10% 8% 7% 32% 68% 11%
Contains more Iron +136.8%
Contains more Calcium +435.7%
Contains more Potassium +19%
Contains more Magnesium +245.5%
Contains more Copper +1033.3%
Contains more Zinc +233.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +361.4%
Contains less Sodium -94.5%

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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Contains more Vitamin A +36%
Contains more Vitamin E +54.5%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +123.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +149.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +52.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +14%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +564.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +54.5%
Contains more Folate +20%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 0.104
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 37% 4% 12% 8% 113% 3% 20% 12% 283% 5% 8%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 27% 3% 6% 4% 45% 2% 13% 10% 43% 3% 9%
Contains more Vitamin A +36%
Contains more Vitamin E +54.5%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +123.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +149.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +52.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +14%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +564.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +54.5%
Contains more Folate +20%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 0.104

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
42
Parmigiano-Reggiano
14
Ricotta
Mineral Summary Score
138
Parmigiano-Reggiano
26
Ricotta

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
120%
Parmigiano-Reggiano
68%
Ricotta
Carbohydrates
1%
Parmigiano-Reggiano
3%
Ricotta
Fats
92%
Parmigiano-Reggiano
60%
Ricotta

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.
Parmigiano-Reggiano Ricotta
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in glycemic index Equal

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Parmigiano-Reggiano Ricotta
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Ricotta
Ricotta is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 37mg)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Ricotta
Ricotta contains less Sodium (difference - 1445mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Ricotta
Ricotta is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 5.022g)
Which food is cheaper?
Ricotta
Ricotta is cheaper (difference - $1.2)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Parmigiano-Reggiano
Parmigiano-Reggiano is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.27g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Parmigiano-Reggiano
Parmigiano-Reggiano is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Parmigiano-Reggiano
Parmigiano-Reggiano is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (27)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Parmigiano-Reggiano Ricotta Opinion
Calories 265 174 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Protein 20 11.26 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Fats 20 12.98 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 1.37 3.04 Ricotta
Cholesterol 88 51 Ricotta
Vitamin D 15 10 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Iron 0.9 0.38 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Calcium 1109 207 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Potassium 125 105 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Magnesium 38 11 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Sugar 0 0.27 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.238 0.021 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Zinc 3.87 1.16 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Starch
Phosphorus 729 158 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Sodium 1529 84 Ricotta
Vitamin A 605 445 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Vitamin E 0.17 0.11 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Vitamin D 0.4 0.2 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Vitamin B1 0.029 0.013 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Vitamin B2 0.486 0.195 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Vitamin B3 0.114 0.104 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Vitamin B5 0.325 0.213 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Vitamin B6 0.049 0.043 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Vitamin B12 2.26 0.34 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Vitamin K 1.7 1.1 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Folate 10 12 Ricotta
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 13.317 8.295 Ricotta
Monounsaturated Fat 6.098 3.627 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Polyunsaturated fat 0.462 0.385 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Tryptophan 0.24 0.125 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Threonine 1.519 0.517 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Isoleucine 1.2 0.589 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Leucine 2.983 1.221 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Lysine 2.459 1.338 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Methionine 0.369 0.281 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Phenylalanine 1.604 0.556 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Valine 1.498 0.692 Parmigiano-Reggiano
Histidine 0.752 0.459 Parmigiano-Reggiano
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. Parmigiano-Reggiano - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173452/nutrients
  2. Ricotta - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170851/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.