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Basil vs Fireweed - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Basil and Fireweed different?

  • Basil is higher in Vitamin C, however Fireweed is richer in Manganese, Vitamin B6, Fiber, Calcium, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Magnesium, Zinc, and Folate.
  • Daily need coverage for Manganese from Fireweed is 242% higher.
  • Basil contains 8 times more Vitamin C than Fireweed. While Basil contains 18mg of Vitamin C, Fireweed contains only 2.2mg.

Basil, fresh and Fireweed, leaves, raw are the varieties used 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
Basil
3
:
Contains more Iron +32.1%
Contains less Sodium -88.2%
Contains more Copper +20.3%
Contains more Calcium +142.4%
Contains more Magnesium +143.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +92.9%
Contains more Potassium +67.5%
Contains more Zinc +228.4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 54% 119% 46% 24% 27% 1% 23% 129%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 129% 90% 112% 47% 44% 5% 73% 107%
Contains more Iron +32.1%
Contains less Sodium -88.2%
Contains more Copper +20.3%
Contains more Calcium +142.4%
Contains more Magnesium +143.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +92.9%
Contains more Potassium +67.5%
Contains more Zinc +228.4%

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
Basil
5
:
Contains more Vitamin A +46.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +718.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +80.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +418.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +548.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +307.7%
Contains more Folate +64.7%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.033
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 317% 16% 0% 60% 9% 18% 17% 13% 36% 51% 0% 1037%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 216% 0% 0% 8% 9% 32% 88% 82% 146% 85% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +46.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +718.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +80.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +418.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +548.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +307.7%
Contains more Folate +64.7%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.033

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Basil Fireweed Opinion
Net carbs 1.05g 8.62g Fireweed
Protein 3.15g 4.71g Fireweed
Fats 0.64g 2.75g Fireweed
Carbs 2.65g 19.22g Fireweed
Calories 23kcal 103kcal Fireweed
Starch g g
Fructose 0.02g g Basil
Sugar 0.3g g Fireweed
Fiber 1.6g 10.6g Fireweed
Calcium 177mg 429mg Fireweed
Iron 3.17mg 2.4mg Basil
Magnesium 64mg 156mg Fireweed
Phosphorus 56mg 108mg Fireweed
Potassium 295mg 494mg Fireweed
Sodium 4mg 34mg Basil
Zinc 0.81mg 2.66mg Fireweed
Copper 0.385mg 0.32mg Basil
Vitamin A 5275IU 3598IU Basil
Vitamin E 0.8mg mg Basil
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 18mg 2.2mg Basil
Vitamin B1 0.034mg 0.033mg Basil
Vitamin B2 0.076mg 0.137mg Fireweed
Vitamin B3 0.902mg 4.674mg Fireweed
Vitamin B5 0.209mg 1.356mg Fireweed
Vitamin B6 0.155mg 0.632mg Fireweed
Folate 68µg 112µg Fireweed
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 414.8µg µg Basil
Tryptophan 0.039mg mg Basil
Threonine 0.104mg mg Basil
Isoleucine 0.104mg mg Basil
Leucine 0.191mg mg Basil
Lysine 0.11mg mg Basil
Methionine 0.036mg mg Basil
Phenylalanine 0.13mg mg Basil
Valine 0.127mg mg Basil
Histidine 0.051mg mg Basil
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.041g g Fireweed
Monounsaturated Fat 0.088g g Basil
Polyunsaturated fat 0.389g g Basil

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Basil Fireweed
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
131
Basil
55
Fireweed
Mineral Summary Score
52
Basil
75
Fireweed

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
19%
Basil
28%
Fireweed
Carbohydrates
3%
Basil
19%
Fireweed
Fats
3%
Basil
13%
Fireweed

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Fireweed
Fireweed is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.3g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Fireweed
Fireweed is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.041g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Fireweed
Fireweed is lower in glycemic index (difference - 70)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Fireweed
Fireweed is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sodium?
Basil
Basil contains less Sodium (difference - 30mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Basil
Basil is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
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. Basil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172232/nutrients
  2. Fireweed - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169399/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.