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Fireweed vs. Basil — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Fireweed and Basil different?

  • Fireweed is higher in Manganese, Vitamin B6, Fiber, Calcium, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Magnesium, Zinc, and Folate, however, Basil is richer in Vitamin C.
  • Daily need coverage for Manganese from Fireweed is 242% higher.
  • Fireweed contains 7 times more Fiber than Basil. While Fireweed contains 10.6g of Fiber, Basil contains only 1.6g.

Fireweed, 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" 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 +142.4%
Contains more Magnesium +143.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +92.9%
Contains more Potassium +67.5%
Contains more Zinc +228.4%
Contains more Manganese +484%
Contains more Selenium +200%
Contains more Iron +32.1%
Contains less Sodium -88.2%
Contains more Copper +20.3%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 129% 90% 112% 47% 44% 5% 73% 107% 875% 5%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 54% 119% 46% 24% 27% 1% 23% 129% 150% 2%
Contains more Calcium +142.4%
Contains more Magnesium +143.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +92.9%
Contains more Potassium +67.5%
Contains more Zinc +228.4%
Contains more Manganese +484%
Contains more Selenium +200%
Contains more Iron +32.1%
Contains less Sodium -88.2%
Contains more Copper +20.3%

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 B2 +80.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +418.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +548.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +307.7%
Contains more Folate +64.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +46.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +718.2%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.034
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 216% 0% 0% 8% 9% 32% 88% 82% 146% 85% 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 B2 +80.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +418.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +548.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +307.7%
Contains more Folate +64.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +46.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +718.2%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.034

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Basil
Contains more Protein +49.5%
Contains more Fats +329.7%
Contains more Carbs +625.3%
Contains more Other +69.3%
Contains more Water +30.1%
5% 3% 19% 71% 3%
Protein: 4.71 g
Fats: 2.75 g
Carbs: 19.22 g
Water: 70.78 g
Other: 2.54 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 +49.5%
Contains more Fats +329.7%
Contains more Carbs +625.3%
Contains more Other +69.3%
Contains more Water +30.1%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Fireweed Basil Opinion
Net carbs 8.62g 1.05g Fireweed
Protein 4.71g 3.15g Fireweed
Fats 2.75g 0.64g Fireweed
Carbs 19.22g 2.65g Fireweed
Calories 103kcal 23kcal Fireweed
Fructose 0.02g Basil
Sugar 0.3g Fireweed
Fiber 10.6g 1.6g Fireweed
Calcium 429mg 177mg Fireweed
Iron 2.4mg 3.17mg Basil
Magnesium 156mg 64mg Fireweed
Phosphorus 108mg 56mg Fireweed
Potassium 494mg 295mg Fireweed
Sodium 34mg 4mg Basil
Zinc 2.66mg 0.81mg Fireweed
Copper 0.32mg 0.385mg Basil
Manganese 6.704mg 1.148mg Fireweed
Selenium 0.9µg 0.3µg Fireweed
Vitamin A 3598IU 5275IU Basil
Vitamin A RAE 180µg 264µg Basil
Vitamin E 0.8mg Basil
Vitamin C 2.2mg 18mg Basil
Vitamin B1 0.033mg 0.034mg Basil
Vitamin B2 0.137mg 0.076mg Fireweed
Vitamin B3 4.674mg 0.902mg Fireweed
Vitamin B5 1.356mg 0.209mg Fireweed
Vitamin B6 0.632mg 0.155mg Fireweed
Folate 112µg 68µg Fireweed
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 0.041g Fireweed
Monounsaturated Fat 0.088g Basil
Polyunsaturated fat 0.389g Basil

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Fireweed 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
51%
Fireweed
121%
Basil
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
148%
Fireweed
57%
Basil

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Fireweed
Fireweed is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.3g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Fireweed
Fireweed is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.041g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Fireweed
Fireweed is lower in glycemic index (difference - 70)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Fireweed
Fireweed is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sodium?
Basil
Basil contains less Sodium (difference - 30mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Basil
Basil is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
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. Fireweed - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169399/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.