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Tofu vs Falafel - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Tofu and Falafel

  • Tofu is richer in Calcium, Selenium, Manganese, and Copper, yet Falafel is richer in Folate, Potassium, Iron, and Magnesium.
  • Daily need coverage for Calcium from Tofu is 63% higher.
  • Tofu contains 17 times more Selenium than Falafel. Tofu contains 17.4µg of Selenium, while Falafel contains 1µg.
  • Tofu contains less Saturated Fat.

Food types used in this article are Tofu, raw, firm, prepared with calcium sulfate and Falafel, home-prepared.

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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
Tofu
4
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Contains more Calcium +1164.8%
Contains less Sodium -95.2%
Contains more Copper +46.5%
Contains more Iron +28.6%
Contains more Magnesium +41.4%
Contains more Potassium +146.8%
Equal in Phosphorus - 192
Equal in Zinc - 1.5
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 205% 100% 42% 82% 21% 2% 43% 126%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 17% 129% 59% 83% 52% 39% 41% 86%
Contains more Calcium +1164.8%
Contains less Sodium -95.2%
Contains more Copper +46.5%
Contains more Iron +28.6%
Contains more Magnesium +41.4%
Contains more Potassium +146.8%
Equal in Phosphorus - 192
Equal in Zinc - 1.5

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
Tofu
2
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Contains more Vitamin A +1176.9%
Contains more Vitamin C +700%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +62.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +174%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +119.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +35.9%
Contains more Folate +220.7%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.146
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 10% 0% 0% 1% 40% 24% 8% 8% 22% 22% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 0% 0% 6% 37% 39% 20% 18% 29% 70% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +1176.9%
Contains more Vitamin C +700%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +62.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +174%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +119.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +35.9%
Contains more Folate +220.7%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.146

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.
Tofu Falafel
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Tofu Falafel Opinion
Net carbs 0.48g 31.84g Falafel
Protein 17.27g 13.31g Tofu
Fats 8.72g 17.8g Falafel
Carbs 2.78g 31.84g Falafel
Calories 144kcal 333kcal Falafel
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g g
Fiber 2.3g g Tofu
Calcium 683mg 54mg Tofu
Iron 2.66mg 3.42mg Falafel
Magnesium 58mg 82mg Falafel
Phosphorus 190mg 192mg Falafel
Potassium 237mg 585mg Falafel
Sodium 14mg 294mg Tofu
Zinc 1.57mg 1.5mg Tofu
Copper 0.378mg 0.258mg Tofu
Vitamin A 166IU 13IU Tofu
Vitamin E mg mg
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0.2mg 1.6mg Falafel
Vitamin B1 0.158mg 0.146mg Tofu
Vitamin B2 0.102mg 0.166mg Falafel
Vitamin B3 0.381mg 1.044mg Falafel
Vitamin B5 0.133mg 0.292mg Falafel
Vitamin B6 0.092mg 0.125mg Falafel
Folate 29µg 93µg Falafel
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K µg µg
Tryptophan 0.235mg 0.134mg Tofu
Threonine 0.785mg 0.492mg Tofu
Isoleucine 0.849mg 0.567mg Tofu
Leucine 1.392mg 0.944mg Tofu
Lysine 0.883mg 0.856mg Tofu
Methionine 0.211mg 0.187mg Tofu
Phenylalanine 0.835mg 0.707mg Tofu
Valine 0.87mg 0.562mg Tofu
Histidine 0.431mg 0.364mg Tofu
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 1.261g 2.383g Tofu
Monounsaturated Fat 1.925g 10.171g Falafel
Polyunsaturated fat 4.921g 4.16g Tofu

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Tofu Falafel
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
11
Tofu
18
Falafel
Mineral Summary Score
77
Tofu
63
Falafel

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
104%
Tofu
80%
Falafel
Carbohydrates
3%
Tofu
32%
Falafel
Fats
40%
Tofu
82%
Falafel

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Tofu
Tofu contains less Sodium (difference - 280mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Tofu
Tofu is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.122g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Tofu
Tofu is lower in glycemic index (difference - 18)
Which food is cheaper?
Tofu
Tofu is cheaper (difference - $4)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Falafel
Falafel is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
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.

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. Tofu - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172475/nutrients
  2. Falafel - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172455/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.