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Bay leaf vs. Thyme — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Summary of differences between Bay leaf and Thyme

  • Bay leaf has more Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Fiber, Calcium, Folate, and Zinc, however, Thyme is higher in Vitamin C, Copper, and Magnesium.
  • Bay leaf covers your daily need of Iron 319% more than Thyme.
  • Bay leaf has 5 times more Vitamin B6 than Thyme. While Bay leaf has 1.74mg of Vitamin B6, Thyme has only 0.348mg.

These are the specific foods used in this comparison Spices, bay leaf and Thyme, fresh.

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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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Thyme
Contains more Calcium +105.9%
Contains more Iron +146.4%
Contains more Zinc +104.4%
Contains more Manganese +375.1%
Contains more Magnesium +33.3%
Contains more Potassium +15.1%
Contains less Sodium -60.9%
Contains more Copper +33.4%
Equal in Phosphorus - 106
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 122% 655% 115% 46% 54% 2% 50% 185% 225% 0%
Contains more Calcium +105.9%
Contains more Iron +146.4%
Contains more Zinc +104.4%
Contains more Manganese +375.1%
Contains more Magnesium +33.3%
Contains more Potassium +15.1%
Contains less Sodium -60.9%
Contains more Copper +33.4%
Equal in Phosphorus - 106

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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Thyme
Contains more Vitamin A +30.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +400%
Contains more Folate +300%
Contains more Vitamin C +244.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +433.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +11.9%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 1.824
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 286% 0% 0% 534% 12% 109% 35% 25% 81% 34% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +30.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +400%
Contains more Folate +300%
Contains more Vitamin C +244.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +433.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +11.9%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 1.824

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Thyme
Contains more Protein +36.9%
Contains more Fats +397.6%
Contains more Carbs +206.6%
Contains more Other +13.1%
Contains more Water +1096.9%
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
6% 2% 24% 65% 3%
Protein: 5.56 g
Fats: 1.68 g
Carbs: 24.45 g
Water: 65.11 g
Other: 3.2 g
Contains more Protein +36.9%
Contains more Fats +397.6%
Contains more Carbs +206.6%
Contains more Other +13.1%
Contains more Water +1096.9%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Thyme
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +1924.7%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +330.5%
Contains less Saturated Fat -79.5%
37% 26% 37%
Saturated Fat: 2.28 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.64 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 2.29 g
43% 8% 49%
Saturated Fat: 0.467 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.081 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.532 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +1924.7%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +330.5%
Contains less Saturated Fat -79.5%

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 Thyme
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Bay leaf Thyme Opinion
Net carbs 48.67g 10.45g Bay leaf
Protein 7.61g 5.56g Bay leaf
Fats 8.36g 1.68g Bay leaf
Carbs 74.97g 24.45g Bay leaf
Calories 313kcal 101kcal Bay leaf
Fiber 26.3g 14g Bay leaf
Calcium 834mg 405mg Bay leaf
Iron 43mg 17.45mg Bay leaf
Magnesium 120mg 160mg Thyme
Phosphorus 113mg 106mg Bay leaf
Potassium 529mg 609mg Thyme
Sodium 23mg 9mg Thyme
Zinc 3.7mg 1.81mg Bay leaf
Copper 0.416mg 0.555mg Thyme
Manganese 8.167mg 1.719mg Bay leaf
Selenium 2.8µg Bay leaf
Vitamin A 6185IU 4751IU Bay leaf
Vitamin A RAE 309µg 238µg Bay leaf
Vitamin C 46.5mg 160.1mg Thyme
Vitamin B1 0.009mg 0.048mg Thyme
Vitamin B2 0.421mg 0.471mg Thyme
Vitamin B3 2.005mg 1.824mg Bay leaf
Vitamin B5 0.409mg Thyme
Vitamin B6 1.74mg 0.348mg Bay leaf
Folate 180µg 45µg Bay leaf
Tryptophan 0.114mg Thyme
Threonine 0.154mg Thyme
Isoleucine 0.285mg Thyme
Leucine 0.262mg Thyme
Lysine 0.126mg Thyme
Valine 0.307mg Thyme
Saturated Fat 2.28g 0.467g Thyme
Monounsaturated Fat 1.64g 0.081g Bay leaf
Polyunsaturated fat 2.29g 0.532g Bay leaf

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Bay leaf Thyme
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
86%
Thyme
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
337%
Bay leaf
145%
Thyme

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Thyme
Thyme contains less Sodium (difference - 14mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Thyme
Thyme is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.813g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Bay leaf
Bay leaf is lower in glycemic index (difference - 45)
Which food is cheaper?
Bay leaf
Bay leaf is cheaper (difference - $2.2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Bay leaf
Bay leaf is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
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. Thyme - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173470/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.