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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 more Copper +20.3%
Contains less Sodium -88.2%
Contains more Calcium +142.4%
Contains more Potassium +67.5%
Contains more Magnesium +143.8%
Contains more Zinc +228.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +92.9%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 119% 54% 27% 46% 129% 23% 24% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 90% 129% 44% 112% 107% 73% 47% 5%
Contains more Iron +32.1%
Contains more Copper +20.3%
Contains less Sodium -88.2%
Contains more Calcium +142.4%
Contains more Potassium +67.5%
Contains more Magnesium +143.8%
Contains more Zinc +228.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +92.9%

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 C +718.2%
Contains more Vitamin A +46.6%
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 C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 60% 317% 16% 0% 9% 18% 17% 13% 36% 0% 1037% 51%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 8% 216% 0% 0% 9% 32% 88% 82% 146% 0% 0% 85%
Contains more Vitamin C +718.2%
Contains more Vitamin A +46.6%
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 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 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

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Basil Fireweed
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

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.