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Scallion vs. Basil — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Scallion and Basil

  • Scallion has less Vitamin K, Manganese, Copper, Vitamin A RAE, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6.
  • Basil covers your daily Vitamin K needs 173% more than Scallion.
  • Basil contains 2 times less Fiber than Scallion. Scallion contains 2.6g of Fiber, while Basil contains 1.6g.

Food varieties used in this article are Onions, spring or scallions (includes tops and bulb), raw and Basil, fresh.

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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 Selenium +100%
Contains more Calcium +145.8%
Contains more Iron +114.2%
Contains more Magnesium +220%
Contains more Phosphorus +51.4%
Contains less Sodium -75%
Contains more Zinc +107.7%
Contains more Copper +363.9%
Contains more Manganese +617.5%
Equal in Potassium - 295
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 22% 56% 15% 16% 25% 3% 11% 28% 21% 4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 54% 119% 46% 24% 27% 1% 23% 129% 150% 2%
Contains more Selenium +100%
Contains more Calcium +145.8%
Contains more Iron +114.2%
Contains more Magnesium +220%
Contains more Phosphorus +51.4%
Contains less Sodium -75%
Contains more Zinc +107.7%
Contains more Copper +363.9%
Contains more Manganese +617.5%
Equal in Potassium - 295

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 B1 +61.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +429.1%
Contains more Vitamin E +45.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +71.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +178.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +154.1%
Contains more Choline +100%
Contains more Vitamin K +100.4%
Equal in Vitamin C - 18
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.076
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 Choline Vitamin K 60% 11% 0% 63% 14% 19% 10% 5% 15% 48% 0% 4% 518%
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 B1 +61.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +429.1%
Contains more Vitamin E +45.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +71.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +178.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +154.1%
Contains more Choline +100%
Contains more Vitamin K +100.4%
Equal in Vitamin C - 18
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.076
Equal in Folate - 68

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Basil
Contains more Carbs +177%
Contains more Protein +72.1%
Contains more Fats +236.8%
Contains more Other +85.2%
Equal in Water - 92.06
2% 7% 90%
Protein: 1.83 g
Fats: 0.19 g
Carbs: 7.34 g
Water: 89.83 g
Other: 0.81 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 Carbs +177%
Contains more Protein +72.1%
Contains more Fats +236.8%
Contains more Other +85.2%
Equal in Water - 92.06

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Basil
Contains less Saturated Fat -22%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +225.9%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +425.7%
24% 20% 56%
Saturated Fat: 0.032 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.027 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.074 g
8% 17% 75%
Saturated Fat: 0.041 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.088 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.389 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -22%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +225.9%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +425.7%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Scallion Basil Opinion
Net carbs 4.74g 1.05g Scallion
Protein 1.83g 3.15g Basil
Fats 0.19g 0.64g Basil
Carbs 7.34g 2.65g Scallion
Calories 32kcal 23kcal Scallion
Fructose 0.02g Basil
Sugar 2.33g 0.3g Basil
Fiber 2.6g 1.6g Scallion
Calcium 72mg 177mg Basil
Iron 1.48mg 3.17mg Basil
Magnesium 20mg 64mg Basil
Phosphorus 37mg 56mg Basil
Potassium 276mg 295mg Basil
Sodium 16mg 4mg Basil
Zinc 0.39mg 0.81mg Basil
Copper 0.083mg 0.385mg Basil
Manganese 0.16mg 1.148mg Basil
Selenium 0.6µg 0.3µg Scallion
Vitamin A 997IU 5275IU Basil
Vitamin A RAE 50µg 264µg Basil
Vitamin E 0.55mg 0.8mg Basil
Vitamin C 18.8mg 18mg Scallion
Vitamin B1 0.055mg 0.034mg Scallion
Vitamin B2 0.08mg 0.076mg Scallion
Vitamin B3 0.525mg 0.902mg Basil
Vitamin B5 0.075mg 0.209mg Basil
Vitamin B6 0.061mg 0.155mg Basil
Folate 64µg 68µg Basil
Choline 5.7mg 11.4mg Basil
Vitamin K 207µg 414.8µg Basil
Tryptophan 0.02mg 0.039mg Basil
Threonine 0.072mg 0.104mg Basil
Isoleucine 0.077mg 0.104mg Basil
Leucine 0.109mg 0.191mg Basil
Lysine 0.091mg 0.11mg Basil
Methionine 0.02mg 0.036mg Basil
Phenylalanine 0.059mg 0.13mg Basil
Valine 0.081mg 0.127mg Basil
Histidine 0.032mg 0.051mg Basil
Saturated Fat 0.032g 0.041g Scallion
Monounsaturated Fat 0.027g 0.088g Basil
Polyunsaturated fat 0.074g 0.389g Basil

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Scallion 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
59%
Scallion
121%
Basil
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
20%
Scallion
57%
Basil

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Scallion
Scallion is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.009g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Scallion
Scallion is lower in glycemic index (difference - 38)
Which food is cheaper?
Scallion
Scallion is cheaper (difference - $2.6)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Basil
Basil is lower in Sugar (difference - 2.03g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Basil
Basil contains less Sodium (difference - 12mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Basil
Basil is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Basil
Basil is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

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. Scallion - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170005/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.