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Basil vs Lemongrass - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Basil and Lemongrass?

  • Basil is richer in Vitamin C, Copper, Calcium, and Vitamin B6, yet Lemongrass is richer in Manganese, Iron, Vitamin A RAE, Zinc, Potassium, and Phosphorus.
  • Lemongrass's daily need coverage for Manganese is 177% higher.
  • Basil has 7 times more Vitamin C than Lemongrass. Basil has 18mg of Vitamin C, while Lemongrass has 2.6mg.

We used Basil, fresh and Lemon grass (citronella), raw types in this comparison.

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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
Contains more Calcium +172.3%
Contains less Sodium -33.3%
Contains more Copper +44.7%
Contains more Iron +157.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +80.4%
Contains more Potassium +145.1%
Contains more Zinc +175.3%
Equal in Magnesium - 60
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 54% 119% 46% 24% 27% 1% 23% 129%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 20% 307% 43% 44% 64% 1% 61% 89%
Contains more Calcium +172.3%
Contains less Sodium -33.3%
Contains more Copper +44.7%
Contains more Iron +157.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +80.4%
Contains more Potassium +145.1%
Contains more Zinc +175.3%
Equal in Magnesium - 60

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
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Contains more Vitamin A +87816.7%
Contains more Vitamin C +592.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +318%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +93.8%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +91.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +77.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +22.1%
Contains more Folate +10.3%
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 1% 0% 0% 9% 17% 32% 21% 3% 19% 57% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +87816.7%
Contains more Vitamin C +592.3%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +318%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +93.8%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +91.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +77.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +22.1%
Contains more Folate +10.3%

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 Lemongrass
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Basil Lemongrass Opinion
Net carbs 1.05g 25.31g Lemongrass
Protein 3.15g 1.82g Basil
Fats 0.64g 0.49g Basil
Carbs 2.65g 25.31g Lemongrass
Calories 23kcal 99kcal Lemongrass
Starch g g
Fructose 0.02g g Basil
Sugar 0.3g g Lemongrass
Fiber 1.6g g Basil
Calcium 177mg 65mg Basil
Iron 3.17mg 8.17mg Lemongrass
Magnesium 64mg 60mg Basil
Phosphorus 56mg 101mg Lemongrass
Potassium 295mg 723mg Lemongrass
Sodium 4mg 6mg Basil
Zinc 0.81mg 2.23mg Lemongrass
Copper 0.385mg 0.266mg Basil
Vitamin A 5275IU 6IU Basil
Vitamin E 0.8mg mg Basil
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 18mg 2.6mg Basil
Vitamin B1 0.034mg 0.065mg Lemongrass
Vitamin B2 0.076mg 0.135mg Lemongrass
Vitamin B3 0.902mg 1.101mg Lemongrass
Vitamin B5 0.209mg 0.05mg Basil
Vitamin B6 0.155mg 0.08mg Basil
Folate 68µg 75µg Lemongrass
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 0.119g Basil
Monounsaturated Fat 0.088g 0.054g Basil
Polyunsaturated fat 0.389g 0.17g Basil

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Basil Lemongrass
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
13
Lemongrass
Mineral Summary Score
52
Basil
78
Lemongrass

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
11%
Lemongrass
Carbohydrates
3%
Basil
25%
Lemongrass
Fats
3%
Basil
2%
Lemongrass

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Lemongrass
Lemongrass is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.3g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Lemongrass
Lemongrass is lower in glycemic index (difference - 70)
Which food is cheaper?
Lemongrass
Lemongrass is cheaper (difference - $1.3)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Basil
Basil contains less Sodium (difference - 2mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Basil
Basil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.078g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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.
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. Lemongrass - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168573/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.