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Chow mein vs. Pasta — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Chow mein and Pasta?

  • Chow mein is richer than Pasta in Iron, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Folate, and Copper.
  • Chow mein's daily need coverage for Sodium is 51% more.
  • Chow mein has 15 times more Saturated Fat than Pasta. While Chow mein has 2.229g of Saturated Fat, Pasta has only 0.15g.
  • The amount of Sodium in Pasta is lower.

We used Noodles, chinese, chow mein and Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, plain, cooked types 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.
Contains more Calcium +233.3%
Contains more Iron +314.9%
Contains more Magnesium +188.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +155.6%
Contains more Potassium +400%
Contains more Zinc +150%
Contains more Copper +79.6%
Contains less Sodium -99.5%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 178% 38% 69% 11% 154% 39% 56% 0% 235%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 2% 43% 13% 27% 3% 1% 16% 31% 30% 0%
Contains more Calcium +233.3%
Contains more Iron +314.9%
Contains more Magnesium +188.9%
Contains more Phosphorus +155.6%
Contains more Potassium +400%
Contains more Zinc +150%
Contains more Copper +79.6%
Contains less Sodium -99.5%

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.
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Pasta
Contains more Vitamin B1 +176.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +180.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +499.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +191.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +223.5%
Contains more Folate +65.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 46% 0% 0% 145% 98% 112% 32% 26% 80% 0% 5% 4%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 2% 0% 0% 0% 53% 35% 19% 11% 8% 48% 18% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +176.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +180.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +499.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +191.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +223.5%
Contains more Folate +65.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +57.5%
Contains more Fats +1369.5%
Contains more Carbs +192%
Contains more Other +700%
Contains more Water +5710.2%
8% 15% 73% 2%
Protein: 8.11 g
Fats: 15.43 g
Carbs: 72.8 g
Water: 1.18 g
Other: 2.48 g
5% 25% 69%
Protein: 5.15 g
Fats: 1.05 g
Carbs: 24.93 g
Water: 68.56 g
Other: 0.31 g
Contains more Protein +57.5%
Contains more Fats +1369.5%
Contains more Carbs +192%
Contains more Other +700%
Contains more Water +5710.2%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +7100.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +732.4%
Contains less Saturated Fat -93.3%
15% 61% 24%
Saturated Fat: 2.229 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 8.929 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.571 g
21% 18% 61%
Saturated Fat: 0.15 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.124 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.429 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +7100.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +732.4%
Contains less Saturated Fat -93.3%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chow mein Pasta Opinion
Net carbs 69.1g 24.93g Chow mein
Protein 8.11g 5.15g Chow mein
Fats 15.43g 1.05g Chow mein
Carbs 72.8g 24.93g Chow mein
Calories 475kcal 131kcal Chow mein
Sugar 5.71g Pasta
Fiber 3.7g Chow mein
Calcium 20mg 6mg Chow mein
Iron 4.73mg 1.14mg Chow mein
Magnesium 52mg 18mg Chow mein
Phosphorus 161mg 63mg Chow mein
Potassium 120mg 24mg Chow mein
Sodium 1174mg 6mg Pasta
Zinc 1.4mg 0.56mg Chow mein
Copper 0.167mg 0.093mg Chow mein
Manganese 0.224mg Pasta
Selenium 43µg Chow mein
Vitamin A 0IU 20IU Pasta
Vitamin A RAE 0µg 6µg Pasta
Vitamin E 2.3mg Chow mein
Vitamin B1 0.578mg 0.209mg Chow mein
Vitamin B2 0.421mg 0.15mg Chow mein
Vitamin B3 5.95mg 0.992mg Chow mein
Vitamin B5 0.533mg 0.183mg Chow mein
Vitamin B6 0.11mg 0.034mg Chow mein
Folate 106µg 64µg Chow mein
Vitamin B12 0µg 0.14µg Pasta
Choline 8.7mg Chow mein
Vitamin K 1.4µg Chow mein
Tryptophan 0.065mg Pasta
Threonine 0.134mg Pasta
Isoleucine 0.197mg Pasta
Leucine 0.348mg Pasta
Lysine 0.097mg Pasta
Methionine 0.079mg Pasta
Phenylalanine 0.247mg Pasta
Valine 0.217mg Pasta
Histidine 0.103mg Pasta
Cholesterol 0mg 33mg Chow mein
Trans Fat 0.8g Pasta
Saturated Fat 2.229g 0.15g Pasta
Monounsaturated Fat 8.929g 0.124g Chow mein
Polyunsaturated fat 3.571g 0.429g Chow mein

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Chow mein Pasta
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
42%
Chow mein
15%
Pasta
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
78%
Chow mein
16%
Pasta

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Sugar (difference - 5.71g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Pasta
Pasta contains less Sodium (difference - 1168mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 2.079g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Chow mein
Chow mein is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 33mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Chow mein
Chow mein is lower in glycemic index (difference - 2)
Which food is cheaper?
Chow mein
Chow mein is cheaper (difference - $3)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Chow mein
Chow mein is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Chow mein
Chow mein is relatively richer in vitamins

References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Chow mein - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168905/nutrients
  2. Pasta - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169728/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.