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Lemongrass vs Basil - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Lemongrass and Basil?

  • Lemongrass is richer in Manganese, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, and Phosphorus, yet Basil is richer in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Copper, Calcium, and Vitamin B6.
  • Lemongrass's daily need coverage for Manganese is 177% higher.
  • Lemongrass has 3 times more Zinc than Basil. Lemongrass has 2.23mg of Zinc, while Basil has 0.81mg.

We used Lemon grass (citronella), raw and Basil, fresh types in this comparison.

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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 Iron +157.7%
Contains more Potassium +145.1%
Contains more Zinc +175.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +80.4%
Contains more Calcium +172.3%
Contains more Copper +44.7%
Contains less Sodium -33.3%
Equal in Magnesium - 64
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 307% 20% 64% 43% 89% 61% 44% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 119% 54% 27% 46% 129% 23% 24% 1%
Contains more Iron +157.7%
Contains more Potassium +145.1%
Contains more Zinc +175.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +80.4%
Contains more Calcium +172.3%
Contains more Copper +44.7%
Contains less Sodium -33.3%
Equal in Magnesium - 64

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 B1 +91.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +77.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +22.1%
Contains more Folate +10.3%
Contains more Vitamin C +592.3%
Contains more Vitamin A +87816.7%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +318%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +93.8%
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 9% 1% 0% 0% 17% 32% 21% 3% 19% 0% 0% 57%
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 B1 +91.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +77.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +22.1%
Contains more Folate +10.3%
Contains more Vitamin C +592.3%
Contains more Vitamin A +87816.7%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +318%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +93.8%
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
13
Lemongrass
131
Basil
Mineral Summary Score
78
Lemongrass
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
11%
Lemongrass
19%
Basil
Carbohydrates
25%
Lemongrass
3%
Basil
Fats
2%
Lemongrass
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.
Lemongrass Basil
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

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Lemongrass Basil
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Lemongrass
Lemongrass is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.3g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Lemongrass
Lemongrass is lower in glycemic index (difference - 70)
Which food is cheaper?
Lemongrass
Lemongrass is cheaper (difference - $1.3)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Basil
Basil contains less Sodium (difference - 2mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Basil
Basil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.078g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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.
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Lemongrass Basil Opinion
Calories 99 23 Lemongrass
Protein 1.82 3.15 Basil
Fats 0.49 0.64 Basil
Vitamin C 2.6 18 Basil
Carbs 25.31 2.65 Lemongrass
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 8.17 3.17 Lemongrass
Calcium 65 177 Basil
Potassium 723 295 Lemongrass
Magnesium 60 64 Basil
Sugar 0.3 Lemongrass
Fiber 1.6 Basil
Copper 0.266 0.385 Basil
Zinc 2.23 0.81 Lemongrass
Starch
Phosphorus 101 56 Lemongrass
Sodium 6 4 Basil
Vitamin A 6 5275 Basil
Vitamin E 0.8 Basil
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.065 0.034 Lemongrass
Vitamin B2 0.135 0.076 Lemongrass
Vitamin B3 1.101 0.902 Lemongrass
Vitamin B5 0.05 0.209 Basil
Vitamin B6 0.08 0.155 Basil
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 414.8 Basil
Folate 75 68 Lemongrass
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.119 0.041 Basil
Monounsaturated Fat 0.054 0.088 Basil
Polyunsaturated fat 0.17 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. Lemongrass - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168573/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.