Triticale Vs Wheat – In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

By: Jackie Martin    Last Updated: January 9, 2023       

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Triticale Vs Wheat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

Most of us are very familiar with wheat. We know it is often used for a great deal of foods. Wheat’s official name is ‘Triticum’, so when we are introduced to ‘Triticale’, we can assume that they are fairly similar. 

This is true, triticale is actually a hybrid of wheat and rye, so it is not all that different. However, if you are looking for the best nutritional value, which should you choose? 

Before we get into the depth of nutritional values, let’s take a look at what triticale actually is.

What Is Triticale?

Triticale is a hybrid of rye and wheat that was bred in labs in Scotland and Germany in the late 19th century. It has nearly always been a second-gen hybrid. 

It combines the grain quality and potential for yield that wheat has with the environment tolerance and disease resistance of rye.

However, while it was first bred in the 19th century, it has only recently become a commercially acceptable crop. 

Triticale can resemble wheat or rye depending on its cultivar.

This grain is usually grown for fodder or forage, however, some foods which are triticale based can be bought at healthy-eating food stores, and you can also find it in some breakfast cereals too!

Triticale May Be The Ideal Crop Alternative 

Triticale is very high in protein, which makes it an ideal feed type for livestock, in the years since its creation it has improved vastly and has gained a great deal of popularity as well. 

There are many benefits to growing this grain since it is more durable than wheat when it is grazed, meaning it is much healthier and stands up to weeds, cold weather, and diseases well. 

Triticale also has a higher yield of tonnage when taken for silage. 

In general, it is a much more efficient feed than soybeans, corn, and alfalfa as well, it could even completely replace corn in a pig diet. 

This hybrid grain has gained a lot of popularity, while it does not have all the same benefits as wheat does, it is still an incredibly good substitute, and it is better agriculturally as well. 

It is replacing a lot of grain when it comes to livestock feed, as it is just more viable.

Nutritional Values: Triticale Vs Wheat 

So, what is the base nutritional value of triticale and wheat? Well, let’s take a look! The table below shows the nutritional values per 100 grams of wheat and triticale. 

NutrientTriticaleWheatWhich Has More?
Folate73 µg43 µgTriticale
Zinc3.45 mg4.16 mgWheat
Iron2.57 mg3.52 mgWheat
Magnesium130 mg144 mgWheat
Phosphorus358 mg508 mgWheat
Vitamin B31.43 mg6.738 mgWheat
Potassium332 mg431 mgWheat

Mineral Values: Triticale Vs Wheat 

Wheat does have more overall nutrition than triticale does, however, what about mineral values? 

Have a look at the table below to find out how much of your daily mineral requirements can be met by 300 grams of triticale and by 300 grams of wheat. 

MineralTriticaleWheatWhich Has More?
Zinc95%114%Wheat
Copper153%185%Wheat
Calcium12%11%Triticale
Iron97%132%Wheat
Magnesium93%103%Wheat
Phosphorus154%218%Wheat
Potassium30%39%Wheat
Sodium1%1%Equal

Vitamin Values: Triticale Vs Wheat

As well as the mineral values, it is also important to consider the vitamin values of triticale and wheat.

Look to the table below to find out how much of your daily requirements for each vitamin is covered by 300 grams of triticale, and by 300 grams of wheat.

VitaminTriticaleWheatWhich Has More?
Folate55%33%Triticale
Vitamin B120%0%Equal
Vitamin K0%0%Equal
Vitamin A0%0%Equal
Vitamin E19%0%Triticale
Vitamin D0%0%Equal
Vitamin C0%0%Equal
Vitamin B1105%105%Equal
Vitamin B231%28%Triticale
Vitamin B327%127%Wheat
Vitamin B580%57%Triticale
Vitamin B632%97%Wheat

In terms of vitamins and vitamin content per day, Triticale does offer you much more than wheat does. However, both contain a fairly significant amount of the B vitamins.

Triticale Vs Wheat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

Total Nutritional Comparison: Triticale Vs Wheat

NutritionTriticaleWheatWhich Has More?
Carbs (Net)72.13 g71.13 gTriticale
Carbs72.13 g71.13 gTriticale
Fats2.09 g2.47 gWheat
Proteins13.05 g13.68 gWheat
Calories336 kcal339 kcalWheat 
Calcium37 mg34 mgTriticale
Magnesium130 mg144 mgWheat
Iron2.57 mg3.52 mgWheat
Potassium332 mg431 mgWheat
Zinc3.45 mg4.16 mgWheat
Phosphorus358 mg508 mgWheat
Sodium5 mg2 mgTriticale
Copper0.457 mg0.553 mgWheat
Vitamin E0.9 mgmgTriticale
Vitamin D0IU0IUN/A
Vitamin A0IU0IUN/A
Vitamin B10.416 mg0.419 mgWheat 
Vitamin C0 mg0 mgN/A
Vitamin B20.134 mg0.121 mgTriticale
Vitamin B31.43 mg6.738 mgWheat
Vitamin B51.323 mg0.935 mgTriticale
Vitamin B60.138 mg0.419 mgWheat
Vitamin B120 µg0 µgN/A
Folate73 µg43 µgTriticale
Vitamin KµgµgN/A
Threonine0.405 mg0.366 mgTriticale
Tryptophan0.157 mg0.176 mgWheat
Leucine0.911 mg0.934 mgWheat
Lysine0.365 mg0.303 mgTriticale
Isoleucine0.479 mg0.533 mgWheat
Methionine0.204 mg0.221 mgWheat
Valine0.609 mg0.594 mgTriticale
Phenylalanine0.638 mg0.681 mgWheat
Histidine0.311 mg0.322 mgWheat
Trans FatggN/A
Saturated Fats0.366 g0.454 gWheat
Polyunsaturated Fats0.913 g0.978 gWheat
Monounsaturated Fats0.211 g0.344 gWheat
Cholesterol0 mg0 mgN/A

Which Is Best For Your Diet?

Which of these is best for you depends totally on your diet. For those looking to stay on a low-fat diet, triticale is better, as wheat has a higher fat content.

Triticale is also a better choice for those who want a low-calorie diet as well. 

However, if you want to stay on a low-carb or low-glycemic index diet then wheat is the better overall choice for you as wheat has a low-carb count and a very low glycemic index as well. 

Overall

Triticale does not have all the same benefits that wheat does, however, it is still a totally viable option, and it has its own nutritional benefits, being ideal for low-calorie diets and low-fat diets as a substitute for wheat. 

While its difference in fats and calories may not be incredible, it could make a difference, and with its benefits for agriculture, we could be seeing a lot more triticale.

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