In Defense of Macaroni
    Footnotes

    “In Defense of Macaroni,” Ensign, Feb. 1975, 57

    In Defense of Macaroni

    Macaroni has a reputation of being low in food value. But this chart shows that it’s a fairly good source of several nutrients, especially when combined with other foods (such as cheese). Compared with a baked potato, it has a few more calories—but also more nutrients.

    (All data is for 1 cup portions, and recommended allowance figures are for an average person aged 22 to 35.)

    Nutrient

    Recommended Daily Allowance

    Macaroni

    Macaroni with Cheese

    Potato

    Protein

    50 Grams

    6

    18

    3

    Calcium

    80 Milligrams

    14

    398

    9

    Iron

    15 Milligrams

    1.4

    2.0

    0.7

    Riboflavin

    1.6 Milligrams

    .14

    .44

    .04

    Niacin

    15 Milligrams

    1.9

    2.0

    1.7

    Calories

    2,500

    190

    470

    90