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Cornmeal vs Wheat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Cornmeal and Wheat different?

  • Cornmeal is richer in Folate, and Vitamin B2, while Wheat is higher in Selenium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Copper, Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B5.
  • Wheat covers your daily need of Selenium 143% more than Cornmeal.
  • Cornmeal contains 5 times more Folate than Wheat. Cornmeal contains 209µg of Folate, while Wheat contains 43µg.

Cornmeal, degermed, enriched, yellow and Wheat, durum 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" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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Wheat
Contains more Iron +23.9%
Contains more Calcium +1033.3%
Contains more Potassium +203.5%
Contains more Magnesium +350%
Contains more Copper +627.6%
Contains more Zinc +530.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +413.1%
Contains less Sodium -71.4%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 164% 1% 13% 23% 26% 19% 43% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 132% 11% 39% 103% 185% 114% 218% 1%
Contains more Iron +23.9%
Contains more Calcium +1033.3%
Contains more Potassium +203.5%
Contains more Magnesium +350%
Contains more Copper +627.6%
Contains more Zinc +530.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +413.1%
Contains less Sodium -71.4%

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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Wheat
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +31.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +215.7%
Contains more Folate +386%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +35.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +289.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +130.2%
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% 0% 0% 0% 105% 28% 127% 57% 97% 0% 0% 33%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +31.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +215.7%
Contains more Folate +386%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +35.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +289.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +130.2%

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
37
Wheat
Mineral Summary Score
36
Cornmeal
100
Wheat

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
82%
Wheat
Carbohydrates
79%
Cornmeal
71%
Wheat
Fats
8%
Cornmeal
11%
Wheat

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 Wheat
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

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Cornmeal Wheat
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 is lower in Sugar?
Wheat
Wheat is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.61g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Wheat
Wheat contains less Sodium (difference - 5mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Wheat
Wheat is lower in glycemic index (difference - 18)
Which food is cheaper?
Wheat
Wheat is cheaper (difference - $1)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Wheat
Wheat is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Cornmeal
Cornmeal is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.234g)
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 Wheat Opinion
Calories 370 339 Cornmeal
Protein 7.11 13.68 Wheat
Fats 1.75 2.47 Wheat
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 79.45 71.13 Cornmeal
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 4.36 3.52 Cornmeal
Calcium 3 34 Wheat
Potassium 142 431 Wheat
Magnesium 32 144 Wheat
Sugar 1.61 Wheat
Fiber 3.9 Cornmeal
Copper 0.076 0.553 Wheat
Zinc 0.66 4.16 Wheat
Starch 73.3 Cornmeal
Phosphorus 99 508 Wheat
Sodium 7 2 Wheat
Vitamin A 214 0 Cornmeal
Vitamin E 0.12 Cornmeal
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.551 0.419 Cornmeal
Vitamin B2 0.382 0.121 Cornmeal
Vitamin B3 4.968 6.738 Wheat
Vitamin B5 0.24 0.935 Wheat
Vitamin B6 0.182 0.419 Wheat
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 0 Cornmeal
Folate 209 43 Cornmeal
Trans Fat 0 Wheat
Saturated Fat 0.22 0.454 Cornmeal
Monounsaturated Fat 0.39 0.344 Cornmeal
Polyunsaturated fat 0.828 0.978 Wheat
Tryptophan 0.038 0.176 Wheat
Threonine 0.172 0.366 Wheat
Isoleucine 0.242 0.533 Wheat
Leucine 1.006 0.934 Cornmeal
Lysine 0.105 0.303 Wheat
Methionine 0.162 0.221 Wheat
Phenylalanine 0.366 0.681 Wheat
Valine 0.337 0.594 Wheat
Histidine 0.172 0.322 Wheat
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. Wheat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169721/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.