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Maize vs Pasta - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Differences between Maize and Pasta

  • Maize has more Vitamin B5, and Potassium, while Pasta has more Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, and Folate.
  • Pasta's daily need coverage for Cholesterol is 11% higher.
  • Pasta contains 11 times less Potassium than Maize. Maize contains 270mg of Potassium, while Pasta contains 24mg.

The food types used in this comparison are Corn, sweet, yellow, raw and Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, plain, cooked.

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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
Maize
3
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5
Pasta
Contains more Magnesium +105.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +41.3%
Contains more Potassium +1025%
Contains more Calcium +200%
Contains more Iron +119.2%
Contains less Sodium -60%
Contains more Zinc +21.7%
Contains more Copper +72.2%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 1% 20% 27% 39% 24% 2% 13% 18%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 2% 43% 13% 27% 3% 1% 16% 31%
Contains more Magnesium +105.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +41.3%
Contains more Potassium +1025%
Contains more Calcium +200%
Contains more Iron +119.2%
Contains less Sodium -60%
Contains more Zinc +21.7%
Contains more Copper +72.2%

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
Maize
8
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4
Pasta
Contains more Vitamin A +835%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +78.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +291.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +173.5%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +172.7%
Contains more Folate +52.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 12% 2% 0% 23% 39% 13% 34% 44% 22% 32% 0% 1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 2% 0% 0% 0% 53% 35% 19% 11% 8% 48% 18% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +835%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +78.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +291.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +173.5%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +34.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +172.7%
Contains more Folate +52.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%

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.
Maize Pasta
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 vitamins ok
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Maize Pasta Opinion
Net carbs 16.7g 24.93g Pasta
Protein 3.27g 5.15g Pasta
Fats 1.35g 1.05g Maize
Carbs 18.7g 24.93g Pasta
Calories 86kcal 131kcal Pasta
Starch 5.7g g Maize
Fructose 1.94g g Maize
Sugar 6.26g g Pasta
Fiber 2g g Maize
Calcium 2mg 6mg Pasta
Iron 0.52mg 1.14mg Pasta
Magnesium 37mg 18mg Maize
Phosphorus 89mg 63mg Maize
Potassium 270mg 24mg Maize
Sodium 15mg 6mg Pasta
Zinc 0.46mg 0.56mg Pasta
Copper 0.054mg 0.093mg Pasta
Vitamin A 187IU 20IU Maize
Vitamin E 0.07mg mg Maize
Vitamin D 0IU IU Maize
Vitamin D 0µg µg Maize
Vitamin C 6.8mg 0mg Maize
Vitamin B1 0.155mg 0.209mg Pasta
Vitamin B2 0.055mg 0.15mg Pasta
Vitamin B3 1.77mg 0.992mg Maize
Vitamin B5 0.717mg 0.183mg Maize
Vitamin B6 0.093mg 0.034mg Maize
Folate 42µg 64µg Pasta
Vitamin B12 0µg 0.14µg Pasta
Vitamin K 0.3µg µg Maize
Tryptophan 0.023mg 0.065mg Pasta
Threonine 0.129mg 0.134mg Pasta
Isoleucine 0.129mg 0.197mg Pasta
Leucine 0.348mg 0.348mg
Lysine 0.137mg 0.097mg Maize
Methionine 0.067mg 0.079mg Pasta
Phenylalanine 0.15mg 0.247mg Pasta
Valine 0.185mg 0.217mg Pasta
Histidine 0.089mg 0.103mg Pasta
Cholesterol 0mg 33mg Maize
Trans Fat 0g g Pasta
Saturated Fat 0.325g 0.15g Pasta
Monounsaturated Fat 0.432g 0.124g Maize
Polyunsaturated fat 0.487g 0.429g Maize

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Maize Pasta
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
Maize
16
Pasta
Mineral Summary Score
18
Maize
17
Pasta

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
20%
Maize
31%
Pasta
Carbohydrates
19%
Maize
25%
Pasta
Fats
6%
Maize
5%
Pasta

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Sugar (difference - 6.26g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Pasta
Pasta contains less Sodium (difference - 9mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.175g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in glycemic index (difference - 3)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Maize
Maize is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 33mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Maize
Maize is cheaper (difference - $1.8)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Maize
Maize is relatively richer in vitamins
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.

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. Maize - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169998/nutrients
  2. Pasta - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169728/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.