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Couscous vs Spätzle - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Couscous and Spätzle different?

  • Couscous is higher in Selenium, however Spätzle is richer in Manganese, Phosphorus, and Copper.
  • Couscous contains 2 times more Vitamin B3 than Spätzle. While Couscous contains 0.983mg of Vitamin B3, Spätzle contains only 0.4mg.
  • Couscous has less Sodium.

Couscous, cooked and Noodles, egg, cooked, unenriched, with added salt are the varieties 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
Contains more Potassium +52.6%
Contains less Sodium -97%
Contains more Calcium +50%
Contains more Iron +57.9%
Contains more Magnesium +162.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +245.5%
Contains more Zinc +150%
Contains more Copper +139%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 3% 15% 6% 10% 6% 1% 8% 14%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 4% 23% 15% 33% 4% 22% 18% 33%
Contains more Potassium +52.6%
Contains less Sodium -97%
Contains more Calcium +50%
Contains more Iron +57.9%
Contains more Magnesium +162.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +245.5%
Contains more Zinc +150%
Contains more Copper +139%

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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Contains more Vitamin B1 +110%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +35%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +145.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +41.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +10.9%
Contains more Folate +114.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +30.8%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.046
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 3% 0% 0% 16% 7% 19% 23% 12% 12% 0% 1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 2% 4% 0% 0% 8% 5% 8% 16% 11% 6% 12% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +110%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +35%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +145.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +41.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +10.9%
Contains more Folate +114.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +30.8%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.046

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Couscous Spätzle Opinion
Net carbs 21.82g 23.96g Spätzle
Protein 3.79g 4.54g Spätzle
Fats 0.16g 2.07g Spätzle
Carbs 23.22g 25.16g Spätzle
Calories 112kcal 138kcal Spätzle
Starch g g
Fructose g 0g Spätzle
Sugar 0.1g 0.4g Couscous
Fiber 1.4g 1.2g Couscous
Calcium 8mg 12mg Spätzle
Iron 0.38mg 0.6mg Spätzle
Magnesium 8mg 21mg Spätzle
Phosphorus 22mg 76mg Spätzle
Potassium 58mg 38mg Couscous
Sodium 5mg 165mg Couscous
Zinc 0.26mg 0.65mg Spätzle
Copper 0.041mg 0.098mg Spätzle
Vitamin A 0IU 21IU Spätzle
Vitamin E 0.13mg 0.17mg Spätzle
Vitamin D 0IU IU Couscous
Vitamin D 0µg µg Couscous
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.063mg 0.03mg Couscous
Vitamin B2 0.027mg 0.02mg Couscous
Vitamin B3 0.983mg 0.4mg Couscous
Vitamin B5 0.371mg 0.263mg Couscous
Vitamin B6 0.051mg 0.046mg Couscous
Folate 15µg 7µg Couscous
Vitamin B12 0µg 0.09µg Spätzle
Vitamin K 0.1µg 0µg Couscous
Tryptophan 0.049mg 0.043mg Couscous
Threonine 0.1mg 0.138mg Spätzle
Isoleucine 0.147mg 0.19mg Spätzle
Leucine 0.259mg 0.365mg Spätzle
Lysine 0.073mg 0.137mg Spätzle
Methionine 0.059mg 0.086mg Spätzle
Phenylalanine 0.184mg 0.24mg Spätzle
Valine 0.162mg 0.22mg Spätzle
Histidine 0.077mg 0.121mg Spätzle
Cholesterol 0mg 29mg Couscous
Trans Fat g 0.029g Couscous
Saturated Fat 0.029g 0.419g Couscous
Monounsaturated Fat 0.022g 0.581g Spätzle
Polyunsaturated fat 0.064g 0.552g Spätzle

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Couscous Spätzle
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
7
Couscous
6
Spätzle
Mineral Summary Score
7
Couscous
19
Spätzle

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
27%
Spätzle
Carbohydrates
23%
Couscous
25%
Spätzle
Fats
1%
Couscous
10%
Spätzle

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Spätzle
Spätzle is lower in glycemic index (difference - 65)
Which food is cheaper?
Spätzle
Spätzle is cheaper (difference - $1.3)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Spätzle
Spätzle is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Couscous
Couscous is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.3g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Couscous
Couscous contains less Sodium (difference - 160mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Couscous
Couscous is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 29mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Couscous
Couscous is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.39g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Couscous
Couscous is relatively richer in vitamins

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. Spätzle - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169762/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.