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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 Magnesium +55.3%
Contains more Potassium +19.6%
Contains more Calcium +482%
Contains more Iron +233%
Contains more Phosphorus +74.6%
Contains less Sodium -89.2%
Contains more Zinc +386.2%
Contains more Copper +177.4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 34% 417% 189% 108% 153% 20% 30% 110%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 194% 1386% 122% 189% 128% 3% 145% 304%
Contains more Magnesium +55.3%
Contains more Potassium +19.6%
Contains more Calcium +482%
Contains more Iron +233%
Contains more Phosphorus +74.6%
Contains less Sodium -89.2%
Contains more Zinc +386.2%
Contains more Copper +177.4%

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

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 price ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Saffron Star anise Opinion
Net carbs 61.47g 35.42g Saffron
Protein 11.43g 17.6g Star anise
Fats 5.85g 15.9g Star anise
Carbs 65.37g 50.02g Saffron
Calories 310kcal 337kcal Star anise
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g g
Fiber 3.9g 14.6g Star anise
Calcium 111mg 646mg Star anise
Iron 11.1mg 36.96mg Star anise
Magnesium 264mg 170mg Saffron
Phosphorus 252mg 440mg Star anise
Potassium 1724mg 1441mg Saffron
Sodium 148mg 16mg Star anise
Zinc 1.09mg 5.3mg Star anise
Copper 0.328mg 0.91mg Star anise
Vitamin A 530IU 311IU Saffron
Vitamin E mg mg
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 80.8mg 21mg Saffron
Vitamin B1 0.115mg 0.34mg Star anise
Vitamin B2 0.267mg 0.29mg Star anise
Vitamin B3 1.46mg 3.06mg Star anise
Vitamin B5 mg 0.797mg Star anise
Vitamin B6 1.01mg 0.65mg Saffron
Folate 93µg 10µg Saffron
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K µg µg
Tryptophan mg mg
Threonine mg mg
Isoleucine mg mg
Leucine mg mg
Lysine mg mg
Methionine mg mg
Phenylalanine mg mg
Valine mg mg
Histidine mg mg
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g g Star anise
Saturated Fat 1.586g 0.586g Star anise
Monounsaturated Fat 0.429g 9.78g Star anise
Polyunsaturated fat 2.067g 3.15g Star anise

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Saffron Star anise
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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

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 cheaper?
Star anise
Star anise is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Saffron
Saffron is lower in glycemic index (difference - 19)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
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.

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.