Pasta vs. Lima Beans

Nutrition comparison of Pasta and Lima Beans


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of pasta versus lima beans (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in pasta and lima beans:

  • Both lima beans and pasta are high in calories, dietary fiber, iron and potassium.
  • Lima bean is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
  • Pasta has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate.
  • Pasta is an excellent source of protein.
Detailed nutritional comparison of pasta and lima beans is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Pasta (Pasta, dry, enriched) and Lima Beans (Lima beans, immature seeds, raw) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Both lima beans and pasta are high in calories. Pasta has 228% more calories than lima bean - lima bean has 113 calories per 100 grams and pasta has 371 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, pasta is lighter in protein, heavier in carbs and similar to lima beans for fat. Pasta has a macronutrient ratio of 14:82:4 and for lima beans, 24:70:7 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Pasta Lima Beans
Protein 14% 24%
Carbohydrates 82% 70%
Fat 4% 7%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Pasta is high in carbohydrates and lima bean has 73% less carbohydrates than pasta - lima bean has 20.2g of total carbs per 100 grams and pasta has 74.7g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Both lima beans and pasta are high in dietary fiber. Lima bean has 53% more dietary fiber than pasta - lima bean has 4.9g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and pasta has 3.2g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Lima beans and pasta contain similar amounts of sugar - lima bean has 1.5g of sugar per 100 grams and pasta has 2.7g of sugar.



Protein

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Pasta is an excellent source of protein and it has 91% more protein than lima bean - lima bean has 6.8g of protein per 100 grams and pasta has 13g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both lima beans and pasta are low in saturated fat - lima bean has 0.2g of saturated fat per 100 grams and pasta has 0.28g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Lima bean is an excellent source of Vitamin C and it has more Vitamin C than pasta - lima bean has 23.4mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and pasta does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin A

Lima bean has more Vitamin A than pasta - lima bean has 10ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and pasta does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Lima beans and pasta contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - lima bean has 0.32mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and pasta has 0.11mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Lima beans and pasta contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - lima bean has 5.6ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and pasta has 0.1ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

Pasta has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate. Both pasta and lima beans contain significant amounts of pantothenic acid and Vitamin B6.

Pasta Lima Beans
Thiamin 0.891 MG 0.217 MG
Riboflavin 0.4 MG 0.103 MG
Niacin 7.177 MG 1.474 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.431 MG 0.247 MG
Vitamin B6 0.142 MG 0.204 MG
Folate 237 UG 34 UG

Minerals

calcium

Lima bean has 62% more calcium than pasta - lima bean has 34mg of calcium per 100 grams and pasta has 21mg of calcium.

iron

Both lima beans and pasta are high in iron. Lima bean is very similar to lima bean for iron - lima bean has 3.1mg of iron per 100 grams and pasta has 3.3mg of iron.

potassium

Both lima beans and pasta are high in potassium. Lima bean has 109% more potassium than pasta - lima bean has 467mg of potassium per 100 grams and pasta has 223mg of potassium.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

carotenoids

Carotenoids are micronutrients commonly found in plants and some animal products. An example is beta-carotene, the notable carotenoid which is a popular source of Vitamin A.[4][5]

For specific types of carotenoids,

Pasta Lima Beans
lutein + zeaxanthin 18 UG ~
beta-carotene ~ 126 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, lima bean has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) than pasta per 100 grams.

Pasta Lima Beans
alpha linoleic acid 0.024 G 0.136 G
Total 0.024 G 0.136 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, both pasta and lima beans contain significant amounts of linoleic acid.

Pasta Lima Beans
linoleic acid 0.54 G 0.283 G
Total 0.54 G 0.283 G



Customize your serving size


The comparison below is by common portions, e.g. cups, packages. You can also see a more concrete comparison by weight at equal weight (by grams) comparison.

Note: The specific food items compared are: Pasta (Pasta, dry, enriched) and Lima Beans (Lima beans, immature seeds, raw) .

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