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Chicory vs. Spirulina — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Chicory and Spirulina?

  • Chicory is higher in Fiber, and Folate, yet Spirulina is higher in Copper, Iron, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B3.
  • Spirulina's daily need coverage for Copper is 61% more.
  • Chicory has 8 times more Fiber than Spirulina. While Chicory has 3.1g of Fiber, Spirulina has only 0.4g.
  • The amount of Sodium in Chicory is lower.

We used Chicory, witloof, raw and Seaweed, spirulina, raw types 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.
Contains more Calcium +58.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +136.4%
Contains more Potassium +66.1%
Contains less Sodium -98%
Contains more Iron +1062.5%
Contains more Magnesium +90%
Contains more Zinc +25%
Contains more Copper +1070.6%
Contains more Manganese +86%
Contains more Selenium +250%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 9% 8% 12% 19% 1% 5% 17% 14% 2%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 4% 105% 14% 5% 12% 13% 6% 199% 25% 4%
Contains more Calcium +58.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +136.4%
Contains more Potassium +66.1%
Contains less Sodium -98%
Contains more Iron +1062.5%
Contains more Magnesium +90%
Contains more Zinc +25%
Contains more Copper +1070.6%
Contains more Manganese +86%
Contains more Selenium +250%

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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Contains more Vitamin C +211.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +23.5%
Contains more Folate +311.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +93.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +258.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +1166.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +647.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +124.1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 2% 0% 0% 10% 16% 7% 3% 9% 10% 28% 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 4% 10% 0% 3% 56% 79% 23% 20% 8% 7% 0% 4% 7%
Contains more Vitamin C +211.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +23.5%
Contains more Folate +311.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +93.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +258.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +1166.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +647.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +124.1%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Carbs +65.3%
Contains more Protein +557.8%
Contains more Fats +290%
Contains more Other +25%
Equal in Water - 90.67
4% 95%
Protein: 0.9 g
Fats: 0.1 g
Carbs: 4 g
Water: 94.52 g
Other: 0.48 g
6% 2% 91%
Protein: 5.92 g
Fats: 0.39 g
Carbs: 2.42 g
Water: 90.67 g
Other: 0.6 g
Contains more Carbs +65.3%
Contains more Protein +557.8%
Contains more Fats +290%
Contains more Other +25%
Equal in Water - 90.67

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -82.2%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +1600%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +140.9%
34% 3% 63%
Saturated Fat: 0.024 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.044 g
49% 12% 39%
Saturated Fat: 0.135 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.034 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.106 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -82.2%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +1600%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +140.9%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chicory Spirulina Opinion
Net carbs 0.9g 2.02g Spirulina
Protein 0.9g 5.92g Spirulina
Fats 0.1g 0.39g Spirulina
Carbs 4g 2.42g Chicory
Calories 17kcal 26kcal Spirulina
Sugar 0.3g Chicory
Fiber 3.1g 0.4g Chicory
Calcium 19mg 12mg Chicory
Iron 0.24mg 2.79mg Spirulina
Magnesium 10mg 19mg Spirulina
Phosphorus 26mg 11mg Chicory
Potassium 211mg 127mg Chicory
Sodium 2mg 98mg Chicory
Zinc 0.16mg 0.2mg Spirulina
Copper 0.051mg 0.597mg Spirulina
Manganese 0.1mg 0.186mg Spirulina
Selenium 0.2µg 0.7µg Spirulina
Vitamin A 29IU 56IU Spirulina
Vitamin A RAE 1µg 3µg Spirulina
Vitamin E 0.49mg Spirulina
Vitamin C 2.8mg 0.9mg Chicory
Vitamin B1 0.062mg 0.222mg Spirulina
Vitamin B2 0.027mg 0.342mg Spirulina
Vitamin B3 0.16mg 1.196mg Spirulina
Vitamin B5 0.145mg 0.325mg Spirulina
Vitamin B6 0.042mg 0.034mg Chicory
Folate 37µg 9µg Chicory
Choline 6.5mg Spirulina
Vitamin K 2.5µg Spirulina
Tryptophan 0.016mg 0.096mg Spirulina
Threonine 0.025mg 0.306mg Spirulina
Isoleucine 0.054mg 0.331mg Spirulina
Leucine 0.039mg 0.509mg Spirulina
Lysine 0.035mg 0.312mg Spirulina
Methionine 0.005mg 0.118mg Spirulina
Phenylalanine 0.022mg 0.286mg Spirulina
Valine 0.041mg 0.362mg Spirulina
Histidine 0.015mg 0.112mg Spirulina
Saturated Fat 0.024g 0.135g Chicory
Monounsaturated Fat 0.002g 0.034g Spirulina
Polyunsaturated fat 0.044g 0.106g Spirulina

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Chicory Spirulina
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
6%
Chicory
17%
Spirulina
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
9%
Chicory
38%
Spirulina

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Spirulina
Spirulina is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Spirulina
Spirulina is lower in glycemic index (difference - 0)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Spirulina
Spirulina is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Chicory
Chicory is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.3g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Chicory
Chicory contains less Sodium (difference - 96mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Chicory
Chicory is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.111g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($)

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. Chicory - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170404/nutrients
  2. Spirulina - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170091/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.