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Falafel vs Spaghetti - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Falafel and Spaghetti different?

  • Falafel is higher in Iron, Folate, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Vitamin B2, however Spaghetti is richer in Selenium.
  • Daily need coverage for Selenium from Spaghetti is 46% higher.
  • Falafel contains 294 times more Sodium than Spaghetti. While Falafel contains 294mg of Sodium, Spaghetti contains only 1mg.

Falafel, home-prepared and Pasta, cooked, unenriched, without 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
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Contains more Iron +584%
Contains more Calcium +671.4%
Contains more Potassium +1229.5%
Contains more Magnesium +355.6%
Contains more Copper +158%
Contains more Zinc +194.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +231%
Contains less Sodium -99.7%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 129% 17% 52% 59% 86% 41% 83% 39%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 19% 3% 4% 13% 34% 14% 25% 1%
Contains more Iron +584%
Contains more Calcium +671.4%
Contains more Potassium +1229.5%
Contains more Magnesium +355.6%
Contains more Copper +158%
Contains more Zinc +194.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +231%
Contains less Sodium -99.7%

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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Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +630%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +730%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +161%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +160.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +155.1%
Contains more Folate +1228.6%
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 0% 0% 2% 0% 5% 5% 8% 7% 12% 0% 0% 6%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +630%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +730%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +161%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +160.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +155.1%
Contains more Folate +1228.6%

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
3
Spaghetti
Mineral Summary Score
63
Falafel
14
Spaghetti

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
35%
Spaghetti
Carbohydrates
32%
Falafel
31%
Spaghetti
Fats
82%
Falafel
4%
Spaghetti

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 Spaghetti
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
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal

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Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Spaghetti
Spaghetti contains less Sodium (difference - 293mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Spaghetti
Spaghetti is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 2.207g)
Which food is cheaper?
Spaghetti
Spaghetti is cheaper (difference - $2.4)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Falafel
Falafel is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.56g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Falafel
Falafel is lower in glycemic index (difference - 16)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Falafel
Falafel is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Falafel
Falafel 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 Falafel Spaghetti Opinion
Calories 333 158 Falafel
Protein 13.31 5.8 Falafel
Fats 17.8 0.93 Falafel
Vitamin C 1.6 0 Falafel
Carbs 31.84 30.86 Falafel
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 3.42 0.5 Falafel
Calcium 54 7 Falafel
Potassium 585 44 Falafel
Magnesium 82 18 Falafel
Sugar 0.56 Falafel
Fiber 1.8 Spaghetti
Copper 0.258 0.1 Falafel
Zinc 1.5 0.51 Falafel
Starch 26.01 Spaghetti
Phosphorus 192 58 Falafel
Sodium 294 1 Spaghetti
Vitamin A 13 0 Falafel
Vitamin E 0.06 Spaghetti
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.146 0.02 Falafel
Vitamin B2 0.166 0.02 Falafel
Vitamin B3 1.044 0.4 Falafel
Vitamin B5 0.292 0.112 Falafel
Vitamin B6 0.125 0.049 Falafel
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 0 Spaghetti
Folate 93 7 Falafel
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 2.383 0.176 Spaghetti
Monounsaturated Fat 10.171 0.131 Falafel
Polyunsaturated fat 4.16 0.326 Falafel
Tryptophan 0.134 0.083 Falafel
Threonine 0.492 0.206 Falafel
Isoleucine 0.567 0.228 Falafel
Leucine 0.944 0.44 Falafel
Lysine 0.856 0.133 Falafel
Methionine 0.187 0.065 Falafel
Phenylalanine 0.707 0.297 Falafel
Valine 0.562 0.262 Falafel
Histidine 0.364 0.132 Falafel
Fructose 0.03 Spaghetti

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. Spaghetti - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168928/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.