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Couscous vs Barley - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Summary of differences between Couscous and Barley

  • Couscous has less Manganese, Fiber, Copper, Vitamin B1, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin B6 than Barley.
  • Barley covers your daily need of Manganese 81% more than Couscous.

These are the specific foods used in this comparison Couscous, cooked and Barley, hulled.

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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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7
Barley
Contains less Sodium -58.3%
Contains more Iron +847.4%
Contains more Calcium +312.5%
Contains more Potassium +679.3%
Contains more Magnesium +1562.5%
Contains more Copper +1114.6%
Contains more Zinc +965.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +1100%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 15% 3% 6% 6% 14% 8% 10% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 135% 10% 40% 95% 166% 76% 114% 2%
Contains less Sodium -58.3%
Contains more Iron +847.4%
Contains more Calcium +312.5%
Contains more Potassium +679.3%
Contains more Magnesium +1562.5%
Contains more Copper +1114.6%
Contains more Zinc +965.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +1100%

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 B5 +31.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +338.5%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +925.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +955.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +368.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +523.5%
Contains more Vitamin K +2100%
Contains more Folate +26.7%
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% 3% 0% 16% 7% 19% 23% 12% 0% 1% 12%
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 B5 +31.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +338.5%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +925.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +955.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +368.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +523.5%
Contains more Vitamin K +2100%
Contains more Folate +26.7%

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
7
Couscous
36
Barley
Mineral Summary Score
7
Couscous
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
23%
Couscous
75%
Barley
Carbohydrates
23%
Couscous
73%
Barley
Fats
1%
Couscous
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.
Couscous Barley
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal

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Couscous 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 is lower in Sugar?
Couscous
Couscous is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.7g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Couscous
Couscous contains less Sodium (difference - 7mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Couscous
Couscous is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.453g)
Which food is cheaper?
Couscous
Couscous is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Barley
Barley is lower in glycemic index (difference - 37)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Barley
Barley is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Barley
Barley is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Couscous Barley Opinion
Calories 112 354 Barley
Protein 3.79 12.48 Barley
Fats 0.16 2.3 Barley
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 23.22 73.48 Barley
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 0.38 3.6 Barley
Calcium 8 33 Barley
Potassium 58 452 Barley
Magnesium 8 133 Barley
Sugar 0.1 0.8 Couscous
Fiber 1.4 17.3 Barley
Copper 0.041 0.498 Barley
Zinc 0.26 2.77 Barley
Starch
Phosphorus 22 264 Barley
Sodium 5 12 Couscous
Vitamin A 0 22 Barley
Vitamin E 0.13 0.57 Barley
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.063 0.646 Barley
Vitamin B2 0.027 0.285 Barley
Vitamin B3 0.983 4.604 Barley
Vitamin B5 0.371 0.282 Couscous
Vitamin B6 0.051 0.318 Barley
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 0.1 2.2 Barley
Folate 15 19 Barley
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 0.029 0.482 Couscous
Monounsaturated Fat 0.022 0.295 Barley
Polyunsaturated fat 0.064 1.108 Barley
Tryptophan 0.049 0.208 Barley
Threonine 0.1 0.424 Barley
Isoleucine 0.147 0.456 Barley
Leucine 0.259 0.848 Barley
Lysine 0.073 0.465 Barley
Methionine 0.059 0.24 Barley
Phenylalanine 0.184 0.7 Barley
Valine 0.162 0.612 Barley
Histidine 0.077 0.281 Barley
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. Couscous - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169700/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.