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Star anise vs Saffron - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Star anise and Saffron different?

  • Star anise is higher in Iron, Copper, Calcium, Fiber, Zinc, and Phosphorus, however Saffron is richer in Manganese, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Magnesium.
  • Daily need coverage for Manganese from Saffron is 1135% higher.
  • Star anise contains 6 times more Calcium than Saffron. While Star anise contains 646mg of Calcium, Saffron contains only 111mg.

Spices, anise seed and Spices, saffron 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 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%
Contains more Magnesium +55.3%
Contains more Potassium +19.6%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 194% 1386% 122% 189% 128% 3% 145% 304%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 34% 417% 189% 108% 153% 20% 30% 110%
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%
Contains more Magnesium +55.3%
Contains more Potassium +19.6%

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 B1 +195.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +109.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +70.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +284.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +55.4%
Contains more Folate +830%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.267
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%
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%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +195.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +109.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +70.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +284.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +55.4%
Contains more Folate +830%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.267

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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Star anise Saffron
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
42
Star anise
60
Saffron
Mineral Summary Score
308
Star anise
132
Saffron

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

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