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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
Contains more Calcium +671.4%
Contains more Iron +584%
Contains more Magnesium +355.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +231%
Contains more Potassium +1229.5%
Contains more Zinc +194.1%
Contains more Copper +158%
Contains less Sodium -99.7%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 17% 129% 59% 83% 52% 39% 41% 86%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 3% 19% 13% 25% 4% 1% 14% 34%
Contains more Calcium +671.4%
Contains more Iron +584%
Contains more Magnesium +355.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +231%
Contains more Potassium +1229.5%
Contains more Zinc +194.1%
Contains more Copper +158%
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 A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
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 A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 0% 0% 6% 37% 39% 20% 18% 29% 70% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 2% 0% 0% 5% 5% 8% 7% 12% 6% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
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%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Falafel Spaghetti Opinion
Net carbs 31.84g 29.06g Falafel
Protein 13.31g 5.8g Falafel
Fats 17.8g 0.93g Falafel
Carbs 31.84g 30.86g Falafel
Calories 333kcal 158kcal Falafel
Starch g 26.01g Spaghetti
Fructose g 0.03g Spaghetti
Sugar g 0.56g Falafel
Fiber g 1.8g Spaghetti
Calcium 54mg 7mg Falafel
Iron 3.42mg 0.5mg Falafel
Magnesium 82mg 18mg Falafel
Phosphorus 192mg 58mg Falafel
Potassium 585mg 44mg Falafel
Sodium 294mg 1mg Spaghetti
Zinc 1.5mg 0.51mg Falafel
Copper 0.258mg 0.1mg Falafel
Vitamin A 13IU 0IU Falafel
Vitamin E mg 0.06mg Spaghetti
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 1.6mg 0mg Falafel
Vitamin B1 0.146mg 0.02mg Falafel
Vitamin B2 0.166mg 0.02mg Falafel
Vitamin B3 1.044mg 0.4mg Falafel
Vitamin B5 0.292mg 0.112mg Falafel
Vitamin B6 0.125mg 0.049mg Falafel
Folate 93µg 7µg Falafel
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K µg 0µg Spaghetti
Tryptophan 0.134mg 0.083mg Falafel
Threonine 0.492mg 0.206mg Falafel
Isoleucine 0.567mg 0.228mg Falafel
Leucine 0.944mg 0.44mg Falafel
Lysine 0.856mg 0.133mg Falafel
Methionine 0.187mg 0.065mg Falafel
Phenylalanine 0.707mg 0.297mg Falafel
Valine 0.562mg 0.262mg Falafel
Histidine 0.364mg 0.132mg Falafel
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 2.383g 0.176g Spaghetti
Monounsaturated Fat 10.171g 0.131g Falafel
Polyunsaturated fat 4.16g 0.326g Falafel

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Falafel Spaghetti
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
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

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)

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.