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Cinnamon vs Star anise - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Important differences between Cinnamon and Star anise

  • Cinnamon has more Manganese, Fiber, and Calcium, however Star anise is richer in Iron, Copper, Phosphorus, Vitamin B6, Zinc, Potassium, and Vitamin B1.
  • Cinnamon's daily need coverage for Manganese is 659% more.
  • Cinnamon contains 4 times more Fiber than Star anise. Cinnamon contains 53.1g of Fiber, while Star anise contains 14.6g.

The food varieties used in the comparison are Spices, cinnamon, ground and Spices, anise seed.

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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 Calcium +55.1%
Contains less Sodium -37.5%
Contains more Iron +344.2%
Contains more Magnesium +183.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +587.5%
Contains more Potassium +234.3%
Contains more Zinc +189.6%
Contains more Copper +168.4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 301% 312% 43% 28% 39% 2% 50% 114%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 194% 1386% 122% 189% 128% 3% 145% 304%
Contains more Calcium +55.1%
Contains less Sodium -37.5%
Contains more Iron +344.2%
Contains more Magnesium +183.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +587.5%
Contains more Potassium +234.3%
Contains more Zinc +189.6%
Contains more Copper +168.4%

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 +452.6%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1445.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +607.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +129.7%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +122.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +311.4%
Contains more Folate +66.7%
Equal in Vitamin A - 311
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 18% 47% 0% 13% 6% 10% 25% 22% 37% 5% 0% 78%
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 C +452.6%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1445.5%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +607.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +129.7%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +122.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +311.4%
Contains more Folate +66.7%
Equal in Vitamin A - 311

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Cinnamon Star anise Opinion
Net carbs 27.49g 35.42g Star anise
Protein 3.99g 17.6g Star anise
Fats 1.24g 15.9g Star anise
Carbs 80.59g 50.02g Cinnamon
Calories 247kcal 337kcal Star anise
Starch g g
Fructose 1.11g g Cinnamon
Sugar 2.17g g Star anise
Fiber 53.1g 14.6g Cinnamon
Calcium 1002mg 646mg Cinnamon
Iron 8.32mg 36.96mg Star anise
Magnesium 60mg 170mg Star anise
Phosphorus 64mg 440mg Star anise
Potassium 431mg 1441mg Star anise
Sodium 10mg 16mg Cinnamon
Zinc 1.83mg 5.3mg Star anise
Copper 0.339mg 0.91mg Star anise
Vitamin A 295IU 311IU Star anise
Vitamin E 2.32mg mg Cinnamon
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 3.8mg 21mg Star anise
Vitamin B1 0.022mg 0.34mg Star anise
Vitamin B2 0.041mg 0.29mg Star anise
Vitamin B3 1.332mg 3.06mg Star anise
Vitamin B5 0.358mg 0.797mg Star anise
Vitamin B6 0.158mg 0.65mg Star anise
Folate 6µg 10µg Star anise
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K 31.2µg µg Cinnamon
Tryptophan 0.049mg mg Cinnamon
Threonine 0.136mg mg Cinnamon
Isoleucine 0.146mg mg Cinnamon
Leucine 0.253mg mg Cinnamon
Lysine 0.243mg mg Cinnamon
Methionine 0.078mg mg Cinnamon
Phenylalanine 0.146mg mg Cinnamon
Valine 0.224mg mg Cinnamon
Histidine 0.117mg mg Cinnamon
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g g Star anise
Saturated Fat 0.345g 0.586g Cinnamon
Monounsaturated Fat 0.246g 9.78g Star anise
Polyunsaturated fat 0.068g 3.15g Star anise

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Cinnamon 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
21
Cinnamon
42
Star anise
Mineral Summary Score
111
Cinnamon
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
24%
Cinnamon
106%
Star anise
Carbohydrates
81%
Cinnamon
50%
Star anise
Fats
6%
Cinnamon
73%
Star anise

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Star anise
Star anise is lower in Sugar (difference - 2.17g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Star anise
Star anise is lower in glycemic index (difference - 89)
Which food is cheaper?
Star anise
Star anise is cheaper (difference - $2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Star anise
Star anise is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Star anise
Star anise is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sodium?
Cinnamon
Cinnamon contains less Sodium (difference - 6mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Cinnamon
Cinnamon is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.241g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

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. Cinnamon - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171320/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.