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Falafel vs Lentil - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Falafel and Lentil different?

  • Falafel is richer in Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin B2, Potassium, and Monounsaturated Fat, while Lentil is higher in Folate, and Vitamin B5.
  • Lentil covers your daily need of Folate 22% more than Falafel.
  • Falafel contains 159 times more Monounsaturated Fat than Lentil. Falafel contains 10.171g of Monounsaturated Fat, while Lentil contains 0.064g.
  • Lentil is lower in Sodium.

Falafel, home-prepared and Lentils, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 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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Lentil
Contains more Calcium +184.2%
Contains more Potassium +58.5%
Contains more Magnesium +127.8%
Contains more Zinc +18.1%
Contains less Sodium -99.3%
Equal in Iron - 3.33
Equal in Copper - 0.251
Equal in Phosphorus - 180
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 129% 17% 52% 59% 86% 41% 83% 39%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 125% 6% 33% 26% 84% 35% 78% 1%
Contains more Calcium +184.2%
Contains more Potassium +58.5%
Contains more Magnesium +127.8%
Contains more Zinc +18.1%
Contains less Sodium -99.3%
Equal in Iron - 3.33
Equal in Copper - 0.251
Equal in Phosphorus - 180

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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Lentil
Contains more Vitamin A +62.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +127.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +15.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +118.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +42.4%
Contains more Folate +94.6%
Equal in Vitamin C - 1.5
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 1.06
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 6% 1% 0% 0% 37% 39% 20% 18% 29% 0% 0% 70%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 5% 1% 3% 0% 43% 17% 20% 39% 42% 0% 5% 136%
Contains more Vitamin A +62.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +127.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +15.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +118.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +42.4%
Contains more Folate +94.6%
Equal in Vitamin C - 1.5
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 1.06

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
18
Falafel
26
Lentil
Mineral Summary Score
63
Falafel
48
Lentil

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
80%
Falafel
54%
Lentil
Carbohydrates
32%
Falafel
20%
Lentil
Fats
82%
Falafel
2%
Lentil

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

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Falafel Lentil
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?
Lentil
Lentil contains less Sodium (difference - 292mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 2.33g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in glycemic index (difference - 4)
Which food is cheaper?
Lentil
Lentil is cheaper (difference - $2.9)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Lentil
Lentil is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Falafel
Falafel is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.8g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Falafel
Falafel is relatively richer in minerals
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 Falafel Lentil Opinion
Calories 333 116 Falafel
Protein 13.31 9.02 Falafel
Fats 17.8 0.38 Falafel
Vitamin C 1.6 1.5 Falafel
Carbs 31.84 20.13 Falafel
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 3.42 3.33 Falafel
Calcium 54 19 Falafel
Potassium 585 369 Falafel
Magnesium 82 36 Falafel
Sugar 1.8 Falafel
Fiber 7.9 Lentil
Copper 0.258 0.251 Falafel
Zinc 1.5 1.27 Falafel
Starch
Phosphorus 192 180 Falafel
Sodium 294 2 Lentil
Vitamin A 13 8 Falafel
Vitamin E 0.11 Lentil
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.146 0.169 Lentil
Vitamin B2 0.166 0.073 Falafel
Vitamin B3 1.044 1.06 Lentil
Vitamin B5 0.292 0.638 Lentil
Vitamin B6 0.125 0.178 Lentil
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 1.7 Lentil
Folate 93 181 Lentil
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 2.383 0.053 Lentil
Monounsaturated Fat 10.171 0.064 Falafel
Polyunsaturated fat 4.16 0.175 Falafel
Tryptophan 0.134 0.081 Falafel
Threonine 0.492 0.323 Falafel
Isoleucine 0.567 0.39 Falafel
Leucine 0.944 0.654 Falafel
Lysine 0.856 0.63 Falafel
Methionine 0.187 0.077 Falafel
Phenylalanine 0.707 0.445 Falafel
Valine 0.562 0.448 Falafel
Histidine 0.364 0.254 Falafel
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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. Falafel - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172455/nutrients
  2. Lentil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172421/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.