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Oregano vs Parsley - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison

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INTRODUCTION

Herbs and spices are a perfect way to add a range of flavors to any dish and parsley and oregano are ideal herbs and spices. Parsley is classified as umbellifers, similar to coriander and celery. On the other hand, Oregano is botanically classified in the family of mints. Oregano’s flavor is due to thymol, carvacrol, ocimene, pinene, limonene, and caryophyllene.
In this article, we are going to compare parsley and oregano focusing on their nutritional differences and health impacts

NUTRITIONAL CONTENT COMPARISON

Parsley is richer in Vitamins C, K, and A. Compared to oregano which is richer in vitamins E, B complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6), and folate. Comparing their mineral profile, oregano is richer in phosphorus, iron, calcium, zinc, copper, magnesium, and potassium. Parsley and oregano are low in sodium. 

HEALTH IMPACT

Myricetin, a flavonoid found in the parsley helps prevent skin cancer. (1)
Parsley decreases the risks of developing type 2 diabetes. (2) This study shows the antiviral potential of oregano against norovirus infections. (3) Generally, this parsley and oregano have protective roles against the following:

  • Cancer prevention (4) (5)
  • Bone health improvement

Parsley has antiosteoporotic effects on bone tissue. (6)

  • Antibacterial properties (7) (8)
  • Anti-inflammatory properties (9) (10)

SUMMARY

To sum up, oregano contains significantly more vitamins and minerals than parsley. Moreover, both parsley and oregano have been at the center of scientific attention, though parsley is researched more. However, both are irreplaceable as a source of antioxidants and vitamins in the daily diet. 

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5629766/ 
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16223573/ 
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24779581/ 
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6680447/ 
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5629766/ 
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4891838/ 
  7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27525894/ 
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6152729/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5322505/ 
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5801825/
Article author photo Tatevik  Stepanyan
Profession: Food Blogger
Last updated: April 23, 2021
Medically reviewed by Jack Yacoubian

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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 Iron +493.5%
Contains more Calcium +1057.2%
Contains more Potassium +127.4%
Contains more Magnesium +440%
Contains more Copper +324.8%
Contains more Zinc +151.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +155.2%
Contains less Sodium -55.4%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 1380% 480% 112% 193% 212% 74% 64% 4%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 233% 42% 49% 36% 50% 30% 25% 8%
Contains more Iron +493.5%
Contains more Calcium +1057.2%
Contains more Potassium +127.4%
Contains more Magnesium +440%
Contains more Copper +324.8%
Contains more Zinc +151.4%
Contains more Phosphorus +155.2%
Contains less Sodium -55.4%

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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Contains more Vitamin E +2334.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +105.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +438.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +253.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +130.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1060%
Contains more Folate +55.9%
Contains more Vitamin C +5682.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +395.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +163.8%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 8% 103% 366% 0% 45% 122% 87% 56% 241% 0% 1555% 178%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 444% 506% 15% 0% 22% 23% 25% 24% 21% 0% 4100% 114%
Contains more Vitamin E +2334.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +105.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +438.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +253.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +130.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1060%
Contains more Folate +55.9%
Contains more Vitamin C +5682.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +395.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +163.8%

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
230
Oregano
441
Parsley
Mineral Summary Score
314
Oregano
59
Parsley

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
54%
Oregano
18%
Parsley
Carbohydrates
69%
Oregano
6%
Parsley
Fats
20%
Oregano
4%
Parsley

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

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Oregano Parsley
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?
Parsley
Parsley is lower in Sugar (difference - 3.24g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Parsley
Parsley is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.419g)
Which food is cheaper?
Parsley
Parsley is cheaper (difference - $4.3)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Oregano
Oregano contains less Sodium (difference - 31mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Oregano
Oregano is lower in glycemic index (difference - 27)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Oregano
Oregano is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Oregano
Oregano is relatively richer in vitamins
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 Oregano Parsley Opinion
Calories 265 36 Oregano
Protein 9 2.97 Oregano
Fats 4.28 0.79 Oregano
Vitamin C 2.3 133 Parsley
Carbs 68.92 6.33 Oregano
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 36.8 6.2 Oregano
Calcium 1597 138 Oregano
Potassium 1260 554 Oregano
Magnesium 270 50 Oregano
Sugar 4.09 0.85 Parsley
Fiber 42.5 3.3 Oregano
Copper 0.633 0.149 Oregano
Zinc 2.69 1.07 Oregano
Starch
Phosphorus 148 58 Oregano
Sodium 25 56 Oregano
Vitamin A 1701 8424 Parsley
Vitamin E 18.26 0.75 Oregano
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.177 0.086 Oregano
Vitamin B2 0.528 0.098 Oregano
Vitamin B3 4.64 1.313 Oregano
Vitamin B5 0.921 0.4 Oregano
Vitamin B6 1.044 0.09 Oregano
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 621.7 1640 Parsley
Folate 237 152 Oregano
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 1.551 0.132 Parsley
Monounsaturated Fat 0.716 0.295 Oregano
Polyunsaturated fat 1.369 0.124 Oregano
Tryptophan 0.203 0.045 Oregano
Threonine 0.322 0.122 Oregano
Isoleucine 0.441 0.118 Oregano
Leucine 0.78 0.204 Oregano
Lysine 0.5 0.181 Oregano
Methionine 0.127 0.042 Oregano
Phenylalanine 0.449 0.145 Oregano
Valine 0.585 0.172 Oregano
Histidine 0.144 0.061 Oregano
Fructose 1.13 Oregano

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. Oregano - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171328/nutrients
  2. Parsley - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170416/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

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