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Star anise vs Cinnamon - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Important differences between Star anise and Cinnamon

  • Star anise has more Iron, Copper, Phosphorus, Vitamin B6, Zinc, Potassium, and Vitamin B1, however Cinnamon is richer in Manganese, Fiber, and Calcium.
  • Cinnamon's daily need coverage for Manganese is 659% more.
  • Star anise contains 15 times more Vitamin B1 than Cinnamon. Star anise contains 0.34mg of Vitamin B1, while Cinnamon contains 0.022mg.

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

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

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 - 295
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 18% 47% 0% 13% 6% 10% 25% 22% 37% 5% 0% 78%
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 - 295

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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Star anise Cinnamon
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
21
Cinnamon
Mineral Summary Score
308
Star anise
111
Cinnamon

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
24%
Cinnamon
Carbohydrates
50%
Star anise
81%
Cinnamon
Fats
73%
Star anise
6%
Cinnamon

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. Star anise - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171316/nutrients
  2. Cinnamon - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171320/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.