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

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

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 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

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Maize Pasta
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

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.