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Mars vs. Starburst — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Mars and Starburst different?

  • Mars is richer in Iron, Calcium, and Fiber, while Starburst is higher in Vitamin C.
  • Starburst covers your daily need of Vitamin C 65% more than Mars.
  • Starburst is lower in Sodium.

Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, M&M's Crispy Chocolate Candies and Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, STARBURST Fruit Chews, Original fruits 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Mars
2
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Contains more Calcium +∞%
Contains more Iron +8500%
Contains less Sodium -98.5%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 27% 32% 0% 0% 0% 18% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 0% 0.38% 0.71% 2.1% 0.18% 0.26% 0% 4% 2% 4.4%
Contains more Calcium +∞%
Contains more Iron +8500%
Contains less Sodium -98.5%

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Mars
1
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Contains more Vitamin A +16600%
Contains more Vitamin C +11640%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 10% 0% 0% 1.7% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0.06% 6.6% 0% 196% 0.25% 0.46% 0.09% 2.1% 0% 0.75% 0% 0% 5.3%
Contains more Vitamin A +16600%
Contains more Vitamin C +11640%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Mars
3
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Contains more Protein +943.9%
Contains more Fats +135.3%
Contains more Other +666.7%
Contains more Carbs +14%
Contains more Water +400.6%
4% 19% 72% 2% 2%
Protein: 4.28 g
Fats: 19.32 g
Carbs: 72.4 g
Water: 1.7 g
Other: 2.3 g
8% 83% 9%
Protein: 0.41 g
Fats: 8.21 g
Carbs: 82.57 g
Water: 8.51 g
Other: 0.3 g
Contains more Protein +943.9%
Contains more Fats +135.3%
Contains more Other +666.7%
Contains more Carbs +14%
Contains more Water +400.6%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Mars
0
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Contains less Saturated Fat -33.2%
100%
Saturated Fat: 11.651 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g
100%
Saturated Fat: 7.778 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -33.2%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Mars Starburst
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Mars Starburst Opinion
Net carbs 70.4g 82.57g Starburst
Protein 4.28g 0.41g Mars
Fats 19.32g 8.21g Mars
Carbs 72.4g 82.57g Starburst
Calories 475kcal 408kcal Mars
Sugar 58.94g 58.12g Starburst
Fiber 2g 0g Mars
Calcium 90mg 0mg Mars
Iron 0.86mg 0.01mg Mars
Magnesium 1mg Starburst
Phosphorus 5mg Starburst
Potassium 2mg Starburst
Sodium 136mg 2mg Starburst
Copper 0.012mg Starburst
Manganese 0.015mg Starburst
Selenium 0.8µg Starburst
Vitamin A 167IU 1IU Mars
Vitamin E 0.33mg Starburst
Vitamin C 0.5mg 58.7mg Starburst
Vitamin B1 0.001mg Starburst
Vitamin B2 0.002mg Starburst
Vitamin B3 0.005mg Starburst
Vitamin B5 0.035mg Starburst
Folate 1µg Starburst
Vitamin K 2.1µg Starburst
Cholesterol 12mg 0mg Starburst
Trans Fat 0.131g 0.141g Mars
Saturated Fat 11.651g 7.778g Starburst

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Mars Starburst
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
1%
Mars
16%
Starburst
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
8%
Mars
1%
Starburst

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Starburst
Starburst is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.82g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Starburst
Starburst contains less Sodium (difference - 134mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Starburst
Starburst is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 12mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Starburst
Starburst is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 3.873g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Starburst
Starburst is lower in glycemic index (difference - 62)
Which food is cheaper?
Starburst
Starburst is cheaper (difference - $2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Starburst
Starburst is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Starburst
Starburst is relatively richer in vitamins

References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Mars - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168814/nutrients
  2. Starburst - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169590/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.