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Bay leaf vs. Basil — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Bay leaf and Basil different?

  • Bay leaf is higher than Basil in Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Fiber, Calcium, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin B2, Zinc, and Magnesium.
  • Bay leaf covers your daily need of Iron 498% more than Basil.
  • Bay leaf contains 16 times more Fiber than Basil. Bay leaf contains 26.3g of Fiber, while Basil contains 1.6g.

Spices, bay leaf and Basil, fresh types were 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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Basil
Contains more Calcium +371.2%
Contains more Iron +1256.5%
Contains more Magnesium +87.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +101.8%
Contains more Potassium +79.3%
Contains more Zinc +356.8%
Contains more Manganese +611.4%
Contains more Selenium +833.3%
Contains less Sodium -82.6%
Equal in Copper - 0.385
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 251% 1613% 86% 49% 47% 3% 101% 139% 1066% 16%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 54% 119% 46% 24% 27% 1% 23% 129% 150% 2%
Contains more Calcium +371.2%
Contains more Iron +1256.5%
Contains more Magnesium +87.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +101.8%
Contains more Potassium +79.3%
Contains more Zinc +356.8%
Contains more Manganese +611.4%
Contains more Selenium +833.3%
Contains less Sodium -82.6%
Equal in Copper - 0.385

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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Basil
Contains more Vitamin A +17.3%
Contains more Vitamin C +158.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +453.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +122.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1022.6%
Contains more Folate +164.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +277.8%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 372% 0% 0% 155% 3% 98% 38% 0% 402% 135% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 317% 16% 0% 60% 9% 18% 17% 13% 36% 51% 0% 7% 1037%
Contains more Vitamin A +17.3%
Contains more Vitamin C +158.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +453.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +122.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1022.6%
Contains more Folate +164.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +277.8%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Basil
Contains more Protein +141.6%
Contains more Fats +1206.3%
Contains more Carbs +2729.1%
Contains more Other +141.3%
Contains more Water +1592.3%
8% 8% 75% 5% 4%
Protein: 7.61 g
Fats: 8.36 g
Carbs: 74.97 g
Water: 5.44 g
Other: 3.62 g
3% 3% 92%
Protein: 3.15 g
Fats: 0.64 g
Carbs: 2.65 g
Water: 92.06 g
Other: 1.5 g
Contains more Protein +141.6%
Contains more Fats +1206.3%
Contains more Carbs +2729.1%
Contains more Other +141.3%
Contains more Water +1592.3%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Basil
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +1763.6%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +488.7%
Contains less Saturated Fat -98.2%
37% 26% 37%
Saturated Fat: 2.28 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.64 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 2.29 g
8% 17% 75%
Saturated Fat: 0.041 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.088 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.389 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +1763.6%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +488.7%
Contains less Saturated Fat -98.2%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Bay leaf Basil
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Bay leaf Basil Opinion
Net carbs 48.67g 1.05g Bay leaf
Protein 7.61g 3.15g Bay leaf
Fats 8.36g 0.64g Bay leaf
Carbs 74.97g 2.65g Bay leaf
Calories 313kcal 23kcal Bay leaf
Fructose 0.02g Basil
Sugar 0.3g Bay leaf
Fiber 26.3g 1.6g Bay leaf
Calcium 834mg 177mg Bay leaf
Iron 43mg 3.17mg Bay leaf
Magnesium 120mg 64mg Bay leaf
Phosphorus 113mg 56mg Bay leaf
Potassium 529mg 295mg Bay leaf
Sodium 23mg 4mg Basil
Zinc 3.7mg 0.81mg Bay leaf
Copper 0.416mg 0.385mg Bay leaf
Manganese 8.167mg 1.148mg Bay leaf
Selenium 2.8µg 0.3µg Bay leaf
Vitamin A 6185IU 5275IU Bay leaf
Vitamin A RAE 309µg 264µg Bay leaf
Vitamin E 0.8mg Basil
Vitamin C 46.5mg 18mg Bay leaf
Vitamin B1 0.009mg 0.034mg Basil
Vitamin B2 0.421mg 0.076mg Bay leaf
Vitamin B3 2.005mg 0.902mg Bay leaf
Vitamin B5 0.209mg Basil
Vitamin B6 1.74mg 0.155mg Bay leaf
Folate 180µg 68µg Bay leaf
Choline 11.4mg Basil
Vitamin K 414.8µg Basil
Tryptophan 0.039mg Basil
Threonine 0.104mg Basil
Isoleucine 0.104mg Basil
Leucine 0.191mg Basil
Lysine 0.11mg Basil
Methionine 0.036mg Basil
Phenylalanine 0.13mg Basil
Valine 0.127mg Basil
Histidine 0.051mg Basil
Saturated Fat 2.28g 0.041g Basil
Monounsaturated Fat 1.64g 0.088g Bay leaf
Polyunsaturated fat 2.29g 0.389g Bay leaf

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Bay leaf Basil
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
92%
Bay leaf
121%
Basil
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
337%
Bay leaf
57%
Basil

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Bay leaf
Bay leaf is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.3g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Bay leaf
Bay leaf is lower in glycemic index (difference - 70)
Which food is cheaper?
Bay leaf
Bay leaf is cheaper (difference - $2.8)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Bay leaf
Bay leaf is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sodium?
Basil
Basil contains less Sodium (difference - 19mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Basil
Basil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 2.239g)
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

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Bay leaf - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170917/nutrients
  2. Basil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172232/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.