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Parsley vs Oregano - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison

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Introduction

Herbs and spices are a perfect way to boost flavor and give a fantastic look to any dish and parsley is one of them. It is also used in culinary due to its huge amount of nutrients and vitamins. Oregano, being a mint family member, is another widely used species with a number of health benefits. For its unique flavor it is grateful to thymol, carvacol, ocimene, pinene, limonene and caryophyllene. It not only provides pleasant smell, but also has a lot of health claims thanks to its antioxidants and anti-bacterial features.

Nutritional Content Comparison

Taking a glance at the comparison chart below you can easily notice that the amount of useful vitamins is considerably higher in the first food, whereas the second one contains a few times more minerals in contrast to its “brother” plant. It is enough to mention that the amount of calcium is 10x more in oregano and that of Vitamin A is almost 5x more in parsley.

Health Impact

From scientific viewpoint we dare to mention that parsley is more discussed and explored than oregano. Myrecetin, a flavonoid found in the first green is believed to help prevent skin cancer. Its effectiveness has been proved in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. This study proves the antiviral properties of the other green against MNV and it is considered a sanitizer to control human norovirus. Generally, these two foods are a wonderful method for:

  • Cancer prevention
  • Bone health improvement
  • Anti-bacterial properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

SUMMARY

To sum up, we should mention that oregano contains significantly more vitamins and minerals than parsley. Moreover, both parsley and oregano have been in the center of scientific attention, though parsley is discussed a little more. However, both are irreplaceable as a source of antioxidants and vitamins for your dish.

Article author photo Tatevik  Stepanyan
Profession: Food Blogger
Last updated: November 29, 2020

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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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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%
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 C +5682.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +395.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +163.8%
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, total +55.9%
Contains more Vitamin C +5682.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +395.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +163.8%
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, total +55.9%

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils human daily needs, the more the summary score is
Vitamin Summary Score
579
Parsley
252
Oregano
Mineral Summary Score
37
Parsley
200
Oregano

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 the food
Protein
18%
Parsley
54%
Oregano
Carbohydrates
6%
Parsley
69%
Oregano
Fats
4%
Parsley
20%
Oregano

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Parsley Oregano
Lower in Sugars 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

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

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is better in case of low diet
Parsley Oregano
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 contains less Sugars?
Parsley
Parsley contains less Sugars (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

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Parsley Oregano Opinion
Calories 36 265 Oregano
Protein 2.97 9 Oregano
Fats 0.79 4.28 Oregano
Vitamin C 133 2.3 Parsley
Carbs 6.33 68.92 Oregano
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 6.2 36.8 Oregano
Calcium 138 1597 Oregano
Potassium 554 1260 Oregano
Magnesium 50 270 Oregano
Sugars 0.85 4.09 Oregano
Fiber 3.3 42.5 Oregano
Copper 0.149 0.633 Oregano
Zinc 1.07 2.69 Oregano
Starch
Phosphorus 58 148 Oregano
Sodium 56 25 Oregano
Vitamin A 8424 1701 Parsley
Vitamin E 0.75 18.26 Oregano
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.086 0.177 Oregano
Vitamin B2 0.098 0.528 Oregano
Vitamin B3 1.313 4.64 Oregano
Vitamin B5 0.4 0.921 Oregano
Vitamin B6 0.09 1.044 Oregano
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 1640 621.7 Parsley
Folate, total 152 237 Oregano
Folic acid (B9) 0 0
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.132 1.551 Parsley
Monounsaturated Fat 0.295 0.716 Oregano
Polyunsaturated fat 0.124 1.369 Oregano
Tryptophan 0.045 0.203 Oregano
Threonine 0.122 0.322 Oregano
Isoleucine 0.118 0.441 Oregano
Leucine 0.204 0.78 Oregano
Lysine 0.181 0.5 Oregano
Methionine 0.042 0.127 Oregano
Phenylalanine 0.145 0.449 Oregano
Valine 0.172 0.585 Oregano
Histidine 0.061 0.144 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 seperately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links of the foods presented on this page can be found below.

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

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.