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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
Contains more Calcium +383.3%
Contains more Iron +26.3%
Contains more Magnesium +94.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +46%
Contains more Potassium +1229.2%
Contains more Copper +38.7%
Contains less Sodium -98.4%
Equal in Zinc - 0.56
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 9% 54% 25% 40% 29% 49% 16% 43%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 2% 43% 13% 27% 3% 1% 16% 31%
Contains more Calcium +383.3%
Contains more Iron +26.3%
Contains more Magnesium +94.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +46%
Contains more Potassium +1229.2%
Contains more Copper +38.7%
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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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 Folate +481.8%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.183
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 2% 0% 20% 19% 19% 7% 12% 24% 9% 0% 6%
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 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 Folate +481.8%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.183

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.
Refried beans Pasta
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Refried beans Pasta Opinion
Net carbs 9.85g 24.93g Pasta
Protein 4.98g 5.15g Pasta
Fats 2.01g 1.05g Refried beans
Carbs 13.55g 24.93g Pasta
Calories 90kcal 131kcal Pasta
Starch 7.43g g Refried beans
Fructose 0g g Refried beans
Sugar 0.54g g Pasta
Fiber 3.7g g Refried beans
Calcium 29mg 6mg Refried beans
Iron 1.44mg 1.14mg Refried beans
Magnesium 35mg 18mg Refried beans
Phosphorus 92mg 63mg Refried beans
Potassium 319mg 24mg Refried beans
Sodium 370mg 6mg Pasta
Zinc 0.58mg 0.56mg Refried beans
Copper 0.129mg 0.093mg Refried beans
Vitamin A 0IU 20IU Pasta
Vitamin E 0.09mg mg Refried beans
Vitamin D 0IU IU Refried beans
Vitamin D 0µg µg Refried beans
Vitamin C 6mg 0mg Refried beans
Vitamin B1 0.076mg 0.209mg Pasta
Vitamin B2 0.079mg 0.15mg Pasta
Vitamin B3 0.367mg 0.992mg Pasta
Vitamin B5 0.189mg 0.183mg Refried beans
Vitamin B6 0.103mg 0.034mg Refried beans
Folate 11µg 64µg Pasta
Vitamin B12 0µg 0.14µg Pasta
Vitamin K 2.1µg µg Refried beans
Tryptophan 0.065mg 0.065mg
Threonine 0.231mg 0.134mg Refried beans
Isoleucine 0.242mg 0.197mg Refried beans
Leucine 0.438mg 0.348mg Refried beans
Lysine 0.377mg 0.097mg Refried beans
Methionine 0.083mg 0.079mg Refried beans
Phenylalanine 0.297mg 0.247mg Refried beans
Valine 0.287mg 0.217mg Refried beans
Histidine 153mg 0.103mg Refried beans
Cholesterol 0mg 33mg Refried beans
Trans Fat 0.016g g Pasta
Saturated Fat 0.631g 0.15g Pasta
Monounsaturated Fat 0.601g 0.124g Refried beans
Polyunsaturated fat 0.543g 0.429g Refried beans

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Refried beans 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
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 food.
Protein
30%
Refried beans
31%
Pasta
Carbohydrates
14%
Refried beans
25%
Pasta
Fats
9%
Refried beans
5%
Pasta

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 is lower in Sugar?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Sugar (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 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. 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.