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Refried beans vs Pasta - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Refried beans and Pasta?

  • Refried beans are higher in Potassium and Vitamin B6, yet Pasta is higher in Folate, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B2.
  • Refried beans' daily need coverage for Sodium is 16% more.
  • Refried beans have 13 times more Potassium than Pasta. While Refried beans have 319mg of Potassium, Pasta has only 24mg.
  • The amount of Sodium in Pasta is lower.

We used Refried beans, canned, traditional style (includes USDA commodity) and Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, plain, cooked 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" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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Pasta
Contains more Iron +26.3%
Contains more Calcium +383.3%
Contains more Potassium +1229.2%
Contains more Magnesium +94.4%
Contains more Copper +38.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +46%
Contains less Sodium -98.4%
Equal in Zinc - 0.56
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 54% 9% 29% 25% 43% 16% 40% 49%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 43% 2% 3% 13% 31% 16% 27% 1%
Contains more Iron +26.3%
Contains more Calcium +383.3%
Contains more Potassium +1229.2%
Contains more Magnesium +94.4%
Contains more Copper +38.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +46%
Contains less Sodium -98.4%
Equal in Zinc - 0.56

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
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6
Pasta
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +202.9%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +175%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +89.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +170.3%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Contains more Folate +481.8%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.183
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 20% 0% 2% 0% 19% 19% 7% 12% 24% 0% 6% 9%
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 B6 +202.9%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +175%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +89.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +170.3%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Contains more Folate +481.8%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.183

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils human daily needs, the more the summary score is
Vitamin Summary Score
10
Refried beans
16
Pasta
Mineral Summary Score
33
Refried beans
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 the food
Protein
30%
Refried beans
31%
Pasta
Carbohydrates
14%
Refried beans
25%
Pasta
Fats
9%
Refried beans
5%
Pasta

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Refried beans Pasta
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sugars ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Rich in vitamins Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Refried beans 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 Cholesterol?
Refried beans
Refried beans is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 33mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Refried beans
Refried beans is lower in glycemic index (difference - 11)
Which food is cheaper?
Refried beans
Refried beans is cheaper (difference - $3)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Refried beans
Refried beans is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sugars?
Pasta
Pasta contains less Sugars (difference - 0.54g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Pasta
Pasta contains less Sodium (difference - 364mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.481g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be definitely stated which food is richer in vitamins. See charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Refried beans Pasta Opinion
Calories 90 131 Pasta
Protein 4.98 5.15 Pasta
Fats 2.01 1.05 Refried beans
Vitamin C 6 0 Refried beans
Carbs 13.55 24.93 Pasta
Cholesterol 0 33 Refried beans
Vitamin D 0 Refried beans
Iron 1.44 1.14 Refried beans
Calcium 29 6 Refried beans
Potassium 319 24 Refried beans
Magnesium 35 18 Refried beans
Sugars 0.54 Pasta
Fiber 3.7 Refried beans
Copper 0.129 0.093 Refried beans
Zinc 0.58 0.56 Refried beans
Starch 7.43 Refried beans
Phosphorus 92 63 Refried beans
Sodium 370 6 Pasta
Vitamin A 0 20 Pasta
Vitamin E 0.09 Refried beans
Vitamin D 0 Refried beans
Vitamin B1 0.076 0.209 Pasta
Vitamin B2 0.079 0.15 Pasta
Vitamin B3 0.367 0.992 Pasta
Vitamin B5 0.189 0.183 Refried beans
Vitamin B6 0.103 0.034 Refried beans
Vitamin B12 0 0.14 Pasta
Vitamin K 2.1 Refried beans
Folate 11 64 Pasta
Trans Fat 0.016 Pasta
Saturated Fat 0.631 0.15 Pasta
Monounsaturated Fat 0.601 0.124 Refried beans
Polyunsaturated fat 0.543 0.429 Refried beans
Tryptophan 0.065 0.065
Threonine 0.231 0.134 Refried beans
Isoleucine 0.242 0.197 Refried beans
Leucine 0.438 0.348 Refried beans
Lysine 0.377 0.097 Refried beans
Methionine 0.083 0.079 Refried beans
Phenylalanine 0.297 0.247 Refried beans
Valine 0.287 0.217 Refried beans
Histidine 153 0.103 Refried beans
Fructose 0 Refried beans

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 of the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Refried beans - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172438/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.