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

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 C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 13% 18% 47% 0% 6% 10% 25% 22% 37% 0% 78% 5%
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 +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 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 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

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Cinnamon 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 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 - 0)
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)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

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.