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

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 C +50%
Contains more Vitamin A +27.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +212.5%
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 C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 90% 405% 50% 0% 17% 38% 21% 35% 35% 0% 776% 47%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 60% 317% 16% 0% 9% 18% 17% 13% 36% 0% 1037% 51%
Contains more Vitamin C +50%
Contains more Vitamin A +27.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +212.5%
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 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 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

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Coriander Basil
Low Calories diet Equal
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

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.