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

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 C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 13% 3% 0% 138% 89% 94% 15% 42% 0% 0% 157%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 2% 12% 0% 162% 66% 87% 17% 74% 0% 6% 15%
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 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 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

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Cornmeal Barley
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 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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

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.