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Muffin vs. Pancake — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Muffin and Pancake?

  • Muffin is higher in Manganese, Monounsaturated Fat, and Polyunsaturated fat, yet Pancake is higher in Calcium, Selenium, Vitamin B2, and Iron.
  • Pancake's daily need coverage for Calcium is 17% more.
  • Muffin has 2 times more Manganese than Pancake. While Muffin has 0.449mg of Manganese, Pancake has only 0.2mg.
  • The amount of Sodium in Muffin is lower.

We used Muffins, blueberry, commercially prepared (Includes mini-muffins) and Pancakes, plain, prepared from recipe types 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.
Muffin
3
:
Contains less Sodium -23.5%
Contains more Copper +22.4%
Contains more Manganese +124.5%
Contains more Calcium +397.7%
Contains more Iron +38.5%
Contains more Magnesium +60%
Contains more Zinc +51.4%
Contains more Selenium +81.7%
Equal in Phosphorus - 159
Equal in Potassium - 132
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 14% 49% 8% 63% 11% 44% 11% 20% 59% 45%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 66% 68% 12% 69% 12% 58% 16% 17% 27% 82%
Contains less Sodium -23.5%
Contains more Copper +22.4%
Contains more Manganese +124.5%
Contains more Calcium +397.7%
Contains more Iron +38.5%
Contains more Magnesium +60%
Contains more Zinc +51.4%
Contains more Selenium +81.7%
Equal in Phosphorus - 159
Equal in Potassium - 132

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.
Muffin
7
:
Contains more Vitamin C +200%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +16%
Contains more Folate +26.3%
Contains more Vitamin A +168.5%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +19.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +72.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +10.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +15%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +37.5%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 5% 33% 3% 3% 43% 38% 27% 29% 10% 36% 20% 51% 99%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 12% 0% 0% 1% 51% 65% 30% 25% 11% 29% 28% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin C +200%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +16%
Contains more Folate +26.3%
Contains more Vitamin A +168.5%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +19.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +72.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +10.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +15%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +37.5%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Muffin
2
:
Contains more Fats +65.7%
Contains more Carbs +87.3%
Contains more Protein +42.5%
Contains more Water +111.9%
Contains more Other +82.4%
4% 16% 53% 25%
Protein: 4.49 g
Fats: 16.07 g
Carbs: 53 g
Water: 24.96 g
Other: 1.48 g
6% 10% 28% 53% 3%
Protein: 6.4 g
Fats: 9.7 g
Carbs: 28.3 g
Water: 52.9 g
Other: 2.7 g
Contains more Fats +65.7%
Contains more Carbs +87.3%
Contains more Protein +42.5%
Contains more Water +111.9%
Contains more Other +82.4%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Muffin
2
:
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +94.9%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +82.2%
Contains less Saturated Fat -25.4%
18% 31% 51%
Saturated Fat: 2.844 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 4.822 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 8.103 g
23% 27% 49%
Saturated Fat: 2.122 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.474 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 4.447 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +94.9%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +82.2%
Contains less Saturated Fat -25.4%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Muffin Pancake Opinion
Net carbs 51.9g 28.3g Muffin
Protein 4.49g 6.4g Pancake
Fats 16.07g 9.7g Muffin
Carbs 53g 28.3g Muffin
Calories 375kcal 227kcal Muffin
Starch 16.31g Muffin
Fructose 1.21g Muffin
Sugar 31.47g Pancake
Fiber 1.1g Muffin
Calcium 44mg 219mg Pancake
Iron 1.3mg 1.8mg Pancake
Magnesium 10mg 16mg Pancake
Phosphorus 146mg 159mg Pancake
Potassium 121mg 132mg Pancake
Sodium 336mg 439mg Muffin
Zinc 0.37mg 0.56mg Pancake
Copper 0.06mg 0.049mg Muffin
Manganese 0.449mg 0.2mg Muffin
Selenium 8.2µg 14.9µg Pancake
Vitamin A 73IU 196IU Pancake
Vitamin A RAE 21µg 54µg Pancake
Vitamin E 1.63mg Muffin
Vitamin D 4IU Muffin
Vitamin D 0.1µg Muffin
Vitamin C 0.9mg 0.3mg Muffin
Vitamin B1 0.168mg 0.201mg Pancake
Vitamin B2 0.163mg 0.281mg Pancake
Vitamin B3 1.418mg 1.567mg Pancake
Vitamin B5 0.47mg 0.405mg Muffin
Vitamin B6 0.04mg 0.046mg Pancake
Folate 48µg 38µg Muffin
Vitamin B12 0.16µg 0.22µg Pancake
Choline 92.5mg Muffin
Vitamin K 39.2µg Muffin
Tryptophan 0.066mg 0.08mg Pancake
Threonine 0.181mg 0.237mg Pancake
Isoleucine 0.224mg 0.297mg Pancake
Leucine 0.421mg 0.513mg Pancake
Lysine 0.199mg 0.321mg Pancake
Methionine 0.115mg 0.147mg Pancake
Phenylalanine 0.277mg 0.319mg Pancake
Valine 0.257mg 0.335mg Pancake
Histidine 0.128mg 0.152mg Pancake
Cholesterol 30mg 59mg Muffin
Trans Fat 0.2g Pancake
Saturated Fat 2.844g 2.122g Pancake
Omega-3 - DHA 0.008g 0.005g Muffin
Omega-3 - DPA 0.001g 0g Muffin
Monounsaturated Fat 4.822g 2.474g Muffin
Polyunsaturated fat 8.103g 4.447g Muffin
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.007g Muffin
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 6.911g Muffin
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.048g Muffin
Omega-3 - ALA 1.022g Muffin
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0.002g Muffin

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Muffin Pancake
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
30%
Muffin
19%
Pancake
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
32%
Muffin
42%
Pancake

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Pancake
Pancake is lower in Sugar (difference - 31.47g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pancake
Pancake is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.722g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Pancake
Pancake is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sodium?
Muffin
Muffin contains less Sodium (difference - 103mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Muffin
Muffin is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 29mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Muffin
Muffin is lower in glycemic index (difference - 7)
Which food is cheaper?
?
The foods are relatively equal in price ($)
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

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. Muffin - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172765/nutrients
  2. Pancake - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175009/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.

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