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Lentil vs Cereal - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Lentil and Cereal different?

  • Lentil is richer in Fiber, while Cereal is higher in Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Iron, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin A RAE, Zinc, and Vitamin C.
  • Cereal covers your daily need of Vitamin B1 510% more than Lentil.
  • Lentil contains 6 times more Fiber than Cereal. Lentil contains 7.9g of Fiber, while Cereal contains 1.4g.
  • Lentil is lower in Sodium.

Lentils, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt and Cereals ready-to-eat, USDA Commodity Corn and Rice (includes all commodity brands) 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
Lentil
6
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2
Cereal
Contains more Calcium +90%
Contains more Magnesium +89.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +133.8%
Contains more Potassium +251.4%
Contains less Sodium -99.7%
Contains more Copper +83.2%
Contains more Iron +922.8%
Contains more Zinc +498.4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 125% 26% 78% 33% 1% 35% 84%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 3% 1278% 14% 33% 10% 104% 208% 46%
Contains more Calcium +90%
Contains more Magnesium +89.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +133.8%
Contains more Potassium +251.4%
Contains less Sodium -99.7%
Contains more Copper +83.2%
Contains more Iron +922.8%
Contains more Zinc +498.4%

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
Lentil
6
:
6
Cereal
Contains more Vitamin E +37.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +182.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +34800%
Contains more Vitamin C +2466.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +3620.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +5201.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +2694.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +3262.9%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 3% 0% 5% 43% 17% 20% 39% 42% 136% 0% 5%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 168% 2% 0% 129% 1572% 894% 556% 14% 1382% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin E +37.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +182.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +34800%
Contains more Vitamin C +2466.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +3620.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +5201.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +2694.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +3262.9%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Lentil Cereal Opinion
Net carbs 12.23g 85.45g Cereal
Protein 9.02g 6.06g Lentil
Fats 0.38g 1.08g Cereal
Carbs 20.13g 86.85g Cereal
Calories 116kcal 378kcal Cereal
Starch g g
Fructose g 0.26g Cereal
Sugar 1.8g 10.35g Lentil
Fiber 7.9g 1.4g Lentil
Calcium 19mg 10mg Lentil
Iron 3.33mg 34.06mg Cereal
Magnesium 36mg 19mg Lentil
Phosphorus 180mg 77mg Lentil
Potassium 369mg 105mg Lentil
Sodium 2mg 795mg Lentil
Zinc 1.27mg 7.6mg Cereal
Copper 0.251mg 0.137mg Lentil
Vitamin A 8IU 2792IU Cereal
Vitamin E 0.11mg 0.08mg Lentil
Vitamin D 0IU IU Lentil
Vitamin D 0µg µg Lentil
Vitamin C 1.5mg 38.5mg Cereal
Vitamin B1 0.169mg 6.288mg Cereal
Vitamin B2 0.073mg 3.87mg Cereal
Vitamin B3 1.06mg 29.62mg Cereal
Vitamin B5 0.638mg 0.226mg Lentil
Vitamin B6 0.178mg 5.986mg Cereal
Folate 181µg µg Lentil
Vitamin B12 0µg µg Lentil
Vitamin K 1.7µg 0µg Lentil
Tryptophan 0.081mg 0.066mg Lentil
Threonine 0.323mg 0.241mg Lentil
Isoleucine 0.39mg 0.26mg Lentil
Leucine 0.654mg 0.767mg Cereal
Lysine 0.63mg 0.113mg Lentil
Methionine 0.077mg 0.13mg Cereal
Phenylalanine 0.445mg 0.365mg Lentil
Valine 0.448mg 0.344mg Lentil
Histidine 0.254mg 0.162mg Lentil
Cholesterol 0mg mg Cereal
Trans Fat 0g g Cereal
Saturated Fat 0.053g 0.26g Lentil
Monounsaturated Fat 0.064g 0.204g Cereal
Polyunsaturated fat 0.175g 0.354g Cereal

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Lentil Cereal
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
26
Lentil
393
Cereal
Mineral Summary Score
48
Lentil
212
Cereal

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
54%
Lentil
36%
Cereal
Carbohydrates
20%
Lentil
87%
Cereal
Fats
2%
Lentil
5%
Cereal

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in Sugar (difference - 8.55g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Lentil
Lentil contains less Sodium (difference - 793mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.207g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Lentil
Lentil is lower in glycemic index (difference - 40)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Cereal
Cereal is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 0mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Cereal
Cereal is cheaper (difference - $1.1)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

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. 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.