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Coriander vs Basil - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Coriander and Basil different?

  • Coriander is higher in Vitamin E , Vitamin C, Vitamin A RAE, and Vitamin B5, however Basil is richer in Vitamin K, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Calcium, and Magnesium.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin K from Basil is 87% higher.
  • Coriander contains 3 times more Vitamin E than Basil. While Coriander contains 2.5mg of Vitamin E , Basil contains only 0.8mg.

Coriander (cilantro) leaves, raw and Basil, fresh 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
Contains more Potassium +76.6%
Contains more Calcium +164.2%
Contains more Iron +79.1%
Contains more Magnesium +146.2%
Contains more Phosphorus +16.7%
Contains less Sodium -91.3%
Contains more Zinc +62%
Contains more Copper +71.1%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 21% 67% 19% 21% 46% 6% 14% 75%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 54% 119% 46% 24% 27% 1% 23% 129%
Contains more Potassium +76.6%
Contains more Calcium +164.2%
Contains more Iron +79.1%
Contains more Magnesium +146.2%
Contains more Phosphorus +16.7%
Contains less Sodium -91.3%
Contains more Zinc +62%
Contains more Copper +71.1%

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
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Basil
Contains more Vitamin A +27.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +212.5%
Contains more Vitamin C +50%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +97.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +113.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +23.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +172.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.8%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.155
Equal in Folate - 68
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 405% 50% 0% 90% 17% 38% 21% 35% 35% 47% 0% 776%
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%
Contains more Vitamin A +27.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +212.5%
Contains more Vitamin C +50%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +97.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +113.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +23.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +172.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.8%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.155
Equal in Folate - 68

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.
Coriander Basil
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Coriander Basil Opinion
Net carbs 0.87g 1.05g Basil
Protein 2.13g 3.15g Basil
Fats 0.52g 0.64g Basil
Carbs 3.67g 2.65g Coriander
Calories 23kcal 23kcal
Starch g g
Fructose g 0.02g Basil
Sugar 0.87g 0.3g Basil
Fiber 2.8g 1.6g Coriander
Calcium 67mg 177mg Basil
Iron 1.77mg 3.17mg Basil
Magnesium 26mg 64mg Basil
Phosphorus 48mg 56mg Basil
Potassium 521mg 295mg Coriander
Sodium 46mg 4mg Basil
Zinc 0.5mg 0.81mg Basil
Copper 0.225mg 0.385mg Basil
Vitamin A 6748IU 5275IU Coriander
Vitamin E 2.5mg 0.8mg Coriander
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 27mg 18mg Coriander
Vitamin B1 0.067mg 0.034mg Coriander
Vitamin B2 0.162mg 0.076mg Coriander
Vitamin B3 1.114mg 0.902mg Coriander
Vitamin B5 0.57mg 0.209mg Coriander
Vitamin B6 0.149mg 0.155mg Basil
Folate 62µg 68µg Basil
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 310µg 414.8µg Basil
Tryptophan mg 0.039mg Basil
Threonine mg 0.104mg Basil
Isoleucine mg 0.104mg Basil
Leucine mg 0.191mg Basil
Lysine mg 0.11mg Basil
Methionine mg 0.036mg Basil
Phenylalanine mg 0.13mg Basil
Valine mg 0.127mg Basil
Histidine mg 0.051mg Basil
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.014g 0.041g Coriander
Monounsaturated Fat 0.275g 0.088g Coriander
Polyunsaturated fat 0.04g 0.389g Basil

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Coriander Basil
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet Equal
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
126
Coriander
131
Basil
Mineral Summary Score
33
Coriander
52
Basil

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
13%
Coriander
19%
Basil
Carbohydrates
4%
Coriander
3%
Basil
Fats
2%
Coriander
3%
Basil

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Coriander
Coriander is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.027g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Coriander
Coriander is lower in glycemic index (difference - 38)
Which food is cheaper?
Coriander
Coriander is cheaper (difference - $0.8)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Coriander
Coriander is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Basil
Basil is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.57g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Basil
Basil contains less Sodium (difference - 42mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Basil
Basil is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

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. Coriander - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169997/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.