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Cornmeal vs Barley - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Cornmeal and Barley?

  • Cornmeal is richer in Folate, and Iron, yet Barley is richer in Manganese, Fiber, Selenium, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Vitamin B6.
  • Barley's daily need coverage for Manganese is 77% higher.
  • Cornmeal has 11 times more Folate than Barley. Cornmeal has 209µg of Folate, while Barley has 19µg.

We used Cornmeal, degermed, enriched, yellow 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
Contains more Iron +21.1%
Contains less Sodium -41.7%
Contains more Calcium +1000%
Contains more Magnesium +315.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +166.7%
Contains more Potassium +218.3%
Contains more Zinc +319.7%
Contains more Copper +555.3%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 1% 164% 23% 43% 13% 1% 19% 26%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 10% 135% 95% 114% 40% 2% 76% 166%
Contains more Iron +21.1%
Contains less Sodium -41.7%
Contains more Calcium +1000%
Contains more Magnesium +315.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +166.7%
Contains more Potassium +218.3%
Contains more Zinc +319.7%
Contains more Copper +555.3%

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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Barley
Contains more Vitamin A +872.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +34%
Contains more Folate +1000%
Contains more Vitamin E +375%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +17.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +17.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +74.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 4.604
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 13% 3% 0% 0% 138% 89% 94% 15% 42% 157% 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 2% 12% 0% 0% 162% 66% 87% 17% 74% 15% 0% 6%
Contains more Vitamin A +872.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +34%
Contains more Folate +1000%
Contains more Vitamin E +375%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +17.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +17.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +74.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 4.604

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Cornmeal Barley Opinion
Net carbs 75.55g 56.18g Cornmeal
Protein 7.11g 12.48g Barley
Fats 1.75g 2.3g Barley
Carbs 79.45g 73.48g Cornmeal
Calories 370kcal 354kcal Cornmeal
Starch 73.3g g Cornmeal
Fructose 0.17g g Cornmeal
Sugar 1.61g 0.8g Barley
Fiber 3.9g 17.3g Barley
Calcium 3mg 33mg Barley
Iron 4.36mg 3.6mg Cornmeal
Magnesium 32mg 133mg Barley
Phosphorus 99mg 264mg Barley
Potassium 142mg 452mg Barley
Sodium 7mg 12mg Cornmeal
Zinc 0.66mg 2.77mg Barley
Copper 0.076mg 0.498mg Barley
Vitamin A 214IU 22IU Cornmeal
Vitamin E 0.12mg 0.57mg Barley
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.551mg 0.646mg Barley
Vitamin B2 0.382mg 0.285mg Cornmeal
Vitamin B3 4.968mg 4.604mg Cornmeal
Vitamin B5 0.24mg 0.282mg Barley
Vitamin B6 0.182mg 0.318mg Barley
Folate 209µg 19µg Cornmeal
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 0µg 2.2µg Barley
Tryptophan 0.038mg 0.208mg Barley
Threonine 0.172mg 0.424mg Barley
Isoleucine 0.242mg 0.456mg Barley
Leucine 1.006mg 0.848mg Cornmeal
Lysine 0.105mg 0.465mg Barley
Methionine 0.162mg 0.24mg Barley
Phenylalanine 0.366mg 0.7mg Barley
Valine 0.337mg 0.612mg Barley
Histidine 0.172mg 0.281mg Barley
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g g Barley
Saturated Fat 0.22g 0.482g Cornmeal
Monounsaturated Fat 0.39g 0.295g Cornmeal
Polyunsaturated fat 0.828g 1.108g Barley

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Cornmeal Barley
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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
46
Cornmeal
36
Barley
Mineral Summary Score
36
Cornmeal
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 food.
Protein
43%
Cornmeal
75%
Barley
Carbohydrates
79%
Cornmeal
73%
Barley
Fats
8%
Cornmeal
11%
Barley

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Cornmeal
Cornmeal contains less Sodium (difference - 5mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Cornmeal
Cornmeal is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.262g)
Which food is cheaper?
Cornmeal
Cornmeal is cheaper (difference - $0.1)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Barley
Barley is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.81g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 40)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Barley
Barley 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.

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. Cornmeal - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168867/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.