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Saffron vs Star anise - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Saffron and Star anise different?

  • Saffron is higher in Manganese, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Magnesium, however Star anise is richer in Iron, Copper, Calcium, Fiber, Zinc, and Phosphorus.
  • Daily need coverage for Manganese from Saffron is 1135% higher.
  • Saffron contains 4 times more Vitamin C than Star anise. While Saffron contains 80.8mg of Vitamin C, Star anise contains only 21mg.

Spices, saffron and Spices, anise seed 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" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Contains more Potassium +19.6%
Contains more Magnesium +55.3%
Contains more Iron +233%
Contains more Calcium +482%
Contains more Copper +177.4%
Contains more Zinc +386.2%
Contains more Phosphorus +74.6%
Contains less Sodium -89.2%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 417% 34% 153% 189% 110% 30% 108% 20%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 1386% 194% 128% 122% 304% 145% 189% 3%
Contains more Potassium +19.6%
Contains more Magnesium +55.3%
Contains more Iron +233%
Contains more Calcium +482%
Contains more Copper +177.4%
Contains more Zinc +386.2%
Contains more Phosphorus +74.6%
Contains less Sodium -89.2%

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 +284.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +70.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +55.4%
Contains more Folate +830%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +195.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +109.6%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.29
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 270% 32% 0% 0% 29% 62% 28% 0% 234% 0% 0% 70%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 70% 19% 0% 0% 86% 67% 58% 48% 150% 0% 0% 8%
Contains more Vitamin C +284.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +70.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +55.4%
Contains more Folate +830%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +195.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +109.6%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.29

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
60
Saffron
42
Star anise
Mineral Summary Score
132
Saffron
308
Star anise

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
69%
Saffron
106%
Star anise
Carbohydrates
65%
Saffron
50%
Star anise
Fats
27%
Saffron
73%
Star anise

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.
Saffron Star anise
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Sugar Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

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Saffron Star anise
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 Sodium?
Star anise
Star anise contains less Sodium (difference - 132mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Star anise
Star anise is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Star anise
Star anise is lower in glycemic index (difference - 70)
Which food is cheaper?
Star anise
Star anise 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 contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
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 Saffron Star anise Opinion
Calories 310 337 Star anise
Protein 11.43 17.6 Star anise
Fats 5.85 15.9 Star anise
Vitamin C 80.8 21 Saffron
Carbs 65.37 50.02 Saffron
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 11.1 36.96 Star anise
Calcium 111 646 Star anise
Potassium 1724 1441 Saffron
Magnesium 264 170 Saffron
Sugar
Fiber 3.9 14.6 Star anise
Copper 0.328 0.91 Star anise
Zinc 1.09 5.3 Star anise
Starch
Phosphorus 252 440 Star anise
Sodium 148 16 Star anise
Vitamin A 530 311 Saffron
Vitamin E
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.115 0.34 Star anise
Vitamin B2 0.267 0.29 Star anise
Vitamin B3 1.46 3.06 Star anise
Vitamin B5 0.797 Star anise
Vitamin B6 1.01 0.65 Saffron
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K
Folate 93 10 Saffron
Trans Fat 0 Star anise
Saturated Fat 1.586 0.586 Star anise
Monounsaturated Fat 0.429 9.78 Star anise
Polyunsaturated fat 2.067 3.15 Star anise
Tryptophan
Threonine
Isoleucine
Leucine
Lysine
Methionine
Phenylalanine
Valine
Histidine
Fructose

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. Saffron - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170934/nutrients
  2. Star anise - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171316/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.