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

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils 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 the food
Protein
106%
Star anise
24%
Cinnamon
Carbohydrates
50%
Star anise
81%
Cinnamon
Fats
73%
Star anise
6%
Cinnamon

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at 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 Sugars 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

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Star anise Cinnamon
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 contains less Sugars?
Star anise
Star anise contains less Sugars (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

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Star anise Cinnamon Opinion
Calories 337 247 Star anise
Protein 17.6 3.99 Star anise
Fats 15.9 1.24 Star anise
Vitamin C 21 3.8 Star anise
Carbs 50.02 80.59 Cinnamon
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 36.96 8.32 Star anise
Calcium 646 1002 Cinnamon
Potassium 1441 431 Star anise
Magnesium 170 60 Star anise
Sugars 2.17 Star anise
Fiber 14.6 53.1 Cinnamon
Copper 0.91 0.339 Star anise
Zinc 5.3 1.83 Star anise
Starch
Phosphorus 440 64 Star anise
Sodium 16 10 Cinnamon
Vitamin A 311 295 Star anise
Vitamin E 2.32 Cinnamon
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.34 0.022 Star anise
Vitamin B2 0.29 0.041 Star anise
Vitamin B3 3.06 1.332 Star anise
Vitamin B5 0.797 0.358 Star anise
Vitamin B6 0.65 0.158 Star anise
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 31.2 Cinnamon
Folate 10 6 Star anise
Trans Fat 0 Star anise
Saturated Fat 0.586 0.345 Cinnamon
Monounsaturated Fat 9.78 0.246 Star anise
Polyunsaturated fat 3.15 0.068 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 seperately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links of 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.