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Feta vs Ricotta - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison

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Article author photo Jack  Yacoubian by Jack Yacoubian | Last updated on September 02, 2021
Education: Haigazian Medical University
Feta
vs
Ricotta

Summary

Mars bar is higher in carbs, calories and has a higher glycemic index. On the other hand, snickers are richer in proteins and are higher in fats. Their vitamin and mineral profiles are poor. Consumption should be minimal because of their increased risks for different health disorders.

Introduction

Mars and snickers are chocolate bars that are widely known around the world. However, in the United States, mars bars are marketed in a milky way that comes in brown packaging. A global version of the milky way comes in a blue wrap; however, the two milky ways are not similar. Mars bars are marketed as the milky way in the US that come in a brown wrap.

Snickers, on the other hand, are widely known all over the world to be the same. It has many versions that are available worldwide.

In this article, we will discuss the difference between mars bars and snickers bars according to their nutritional content, health impacts, diets and weight loss, and variations.

What are the actual differences?

There are many differences which are regional availability, price, taste, and flavor.

Regional availability

Mars bars are available worldwide except in the US. However, the milky way in the US is the same as the mars bar.

Snickers, on the other hand, are available worldwide.

Price

Mars bars and snickers have similar prices. However, as varieties of each exist, the prices might be different between those.

Taste and flavor

The main difference of a mars bar is that it is made of a layer of nougat, caramel and all over coated with milk chocolate. In comparison, the main difference in snickers is the extra peanuts added to the nougat, caramel, and milk chocolate layer.

Nutritional content

The following sections will be discussed according to 100g of each. However, 1 bar of mars weighs 58g, and 1 bar of snickers weighs around 53g.

Calories

Mars bars and snickers have similar amounts of calories. However, when comparing each bar, due to the smaller weight of snickers, it has lower calories than mars.

Glycemic index

Mars bar has a higher glycemic index than snickers. Mars bar has a glycemic index of 62, whereas snickers have a glycemic index of 51.

Carbs

Mars contains higher amounts of carbs than snickers. It is important to note that they both contain very high amounts of carbs, which should be a matter of consideration while eating. In addition to that, the source of carbs is nearly totally from refined sugars.

Protein

Snickers contain higher amounts of protein than mars. Mostly from milk and egg, which is from the nougat and chocolate.

Fat

Snickers contain higher amounts of fat than mars. The fat content of both is nearly 99% from saturated fat sources.

Minerals

They don't have rich and versatile mineral profiles; however, they contain significant amounts of calcium equal for both. In addition to that, they contain iron and sodium. Mars is richer in iron whereas, snickers has higher amounts of sodium.

We can see the difference in their mineral charts in the following diagram.

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
Feta
6
:
Contains more Calcium +138.2%
Contains more Iron +71.1%
Contains more Magnesium +72.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +113.3%
Contains more Zinc +148.3%
Contains more Copper +52.4%
Contains more Potassium +69.4%
Contains less Sodium -90.8%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 148% 25% 14% 145% 6% 120% 79% 11%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 63% 15% 8% 68% 10% 11% 32% 7%
Contains more Calcium +138.2%
Contains more Iron +71.1%
Contains more Magnesium +72.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +113.3%
Contains more Zinc +148.3%
Contains more Copper +52.4%
Contains more Potassium +69.4%
Contains less Sodium -90.8%

Vitamins

Their vitamin profiles are very poor. Small amounts of vitamin A are present, however, not of much significance.

We can see the difference in their vitamin charts in the following diagram.

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
Feta
10
:
Contains more Vitamin E +63.6%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1084.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +332.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +852.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +354%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +886%
Contains more Folate +166.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +397.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +63.6%
Equal in Vitamin A - 445
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 26% 4% 12% 0% 39% 195% 19% 59% 98% 24% 212% 5%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 27% 3% 6% 0% 4% 45% 2% 13% 10% 9% 43% 3%
Contains more Vitamin E +63.6%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1084.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +332.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +852.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +354%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +886%
Contains more Folate +166.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +397.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +63.6%
Equal in Vitamin A - 445

Mars bars and snickers are mostly made of macronutrients mainly focused on refined sugars and saturated fats.

Varieties

In the case of Mars bars, there are different varieties. These are what are available in the market. Some may be discontinued in certain regions.

  • Almond bars
  • Midnight
  • Lite
  • Bisc &
  • Gold
  • Triple chocolate
  • Mix
  • Lava
  • Maple
  • Planets
  • Dark and light
  • Rocks
  • Miniatures
  • 100% caramel
  • Honeycomb
  • Delight
  • XXX
  • Frozen dessert bar
  • Midnight ice cream bars
  • Mini eggs
  • World cup
  • Red
  • Fling
  • Vanilla
  • Chill
  • Loaded

In the case of snickers, there are also many varieties, for example:

  • Original
  • Almond
  • Brownie
  • Protein bar
  • White
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Crisp
  • Hazelnut
  • Crisp duo
  • Peanut butter
  • Minis
  • Bites
  • Mix
  • Duo bar
  • Candy tree
  • Yard

As we can see from the list, there are different varieties for each; there are ice cream versions that also have varieties. Protein bars are available for each, which have a different macronutrient profile and are more expensive.

There are deep-fried versions of mars and snickers. A breading over the bar is done before frying. This is highly filled with refined sugars, fats, and trans fats.

Weight loss and diets

Mars bars and snickers are mostly composed of high amounts of refined sugars and saturated fats; thus, they are not an option to be part of a diet during a weight loss program. It can be called "unnecessary calories"; thus, it is better to avoid them. However, some days when extra tired and nothing is accessible as quickly as a snickers or mars bar, they serve as a great energy booster and help maintain sugar levels in case of hypoglycemia.

Keto

Mars and Snickers bars are forbidden to be consumed on a keto diet. They are packed with refined sugars and have very high carb levels. Thus avoid at all costs.

Vegan

Mars and snickers contain milk and egg products; thus, they should be avoided during the vegan diet. However, they are considered vegetarian. It is important to take into consideration their high amounts of sugars and fats.

Health impacts

Cardiovascular health

Refined sugars and high amounts of saturated fats are some of the main risks of increased cardiovascular diseases. As mentioned above in the macromolecular section, both mars bar and snickers contain high amounts of saturated fats and refined sugars. These are one of the main factors of increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. (1)

This study shows no association with

Diabetes

Diabetes and metabolic disorders are some of the main reasons for high mortality among populations. High caloric intake, high amounts of saturated fats, and refined sugars are the main reasons to increase risks of developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. (2) Mars bar and snickers bar fit the category of high saturated fat and high sugar foods.

Cancer

Mars and snickers contain high amounts of sugars which are directly indicative of increased risks of cancer. The increased risk of cancer development is between 23% and 200%, which is highly significant. (3)

Guidelines

Overall, guidelines indicate that to maintain good cardiovascular health regarding diet restrictions and control, there has to be a reduction of saturated fat and reduced intake of refined sugars. The saturated fat intake shouldn't surpass 10% of the total caloric intake. (4)

References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26586275/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11508264/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29801420/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5642188/
Article author photo Jack  Yacoubian
Education: Haigazian Medical University
Last updated: September 02, 2021

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Feta Ricotta Opinion
Net carbs 4.09g 3.04g Feta
Protein 14.21g 11.26g Feta
Fats 21.28g 12.98g Feta
Carbs 4.09g 3.04g Feta
Calories 264kcal 174kcal Feta
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 4.09g 0.27g Ricotta
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 493mg 207mg Feta
Iron 0.65mg 0.38mg Feta
Magnesium 19mg 11mg Feta
Phosphorus 337mg 158mg Feta
Potassium 62mg 105mg Ricotta
Sodium 917mg 84mg Ricotta
Zinc 2.88mg 1.16mg Feta
Copper 0.032mg 0.021mg Feta
Vitamin A 422IU 445IU Ricotta
Vitamin E 0.18mg 0.11mg Feta
Vitamin D 16IU 10IU Feta
Vitamin D 0.4µg 0.2µg Feta
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.154mg 0.013mg Feta
Vitamin B2 0.844mg 0.195mg Feta
Vitamin B3 0.991mg 0.104mg Feta
Vitamin B5 0.967mg 0.213mg Feta
Vitamin B6 0.424mg 0.043mg Feta
Folate 32µg 12µg Feta
Vitamin B12 1.69µg 0.34µg Feta
Vitamin K 1.8µg 1.1µg Feta
Tryptophan 0.2mg 0.125mg Feta
Threonine 0.637mg 0.517mg Feta
Isoleucine 0.803mg 0.589mg Feta
Leucine 1.395mg 1.221mg Feta
Lysine 1.219mg 1.338mg Ricotta
Methionine 0.368mg 0.281mg Feta
Phenylalanine 0.675mg 0.556mg Feta
Valine 1.065mg 0.692mg Feta
Histidine 0.397mg 0.459mg Ricotta
Cholesterol 89mg 51mg Ricotta
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 14.946g 8.295g Ricotta
Monounsaturated Fat 4.623g 3.627g Feta
Polyunsaturated fat 0.591g 0.385g Feta

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Feta Ricotta
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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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
57
Feta
14
Ricotta
Mineral Summary Score
68
Feta
26
Ricotta

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
85%
Feta
68%
Ricotta
Carbohydrates
4%
Feta
3%
Ricotta
Fats
98%
Feta
60%
Ricotta

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Ricotta
Ricotta is lower in Sugar (difference - 3.82g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Ricotta
Ricotta contains less Sodium (difference - 833mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Ricotta
Ricotta is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 38mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Ricotta
Ricotta is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 6.651g)
Which food is cheaper?
Ricotta
Ricotta is cheaper (difference - $0.5)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Feta
Feta is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Feta
Feta is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
?
The foods have equal glycemic indexes (27)

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. Feta - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173420/nutrients
  2. Ricotta - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170851/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.