Tarragon vs Thyme - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison
Tarragon is higher in proteins, fats, and carbs. Thyme contains fewer calories. Thyme is three times higher in vitamin C. Tarragon is higher in all minerals and B-complex vitamins.
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Although both are herbs with a distinct aroma, tarragon and thyme have a lot of differences in terms of the nutrients they provide. This article will compare the nutritional values and health impacts of raw tarragon (1) and fresh thyme(2).
Tarragon and thyme are rich in macronutrients, such as carbs, proteins, and fats. However, these two herbs differ in the distribution of these compounds.
Although tarragon and thyme are not animal food products, they are surprisingly rich in protein. 100g of tarragon provides more protein (22.8g) than the same amount of thyme (5.56g).
Tarragon and thyme are relatively richer in fats than the other plant food products. Tarragon is higher in fats than thyme. It has 7.2g of fats compared to 1.7g in thyme. Tarragon is richer in polyunsaturated fats, which help to reduce harmful cholesterol levels in the blood.
In carbs, tarragon is approximately two times higher than thyme. It provides 50.2g of carbs per 100g, while the same amount of thyme contains 24.5g.
Thyme provides 14g of dietary fiber per 100g, while the same serving of tarragon contains only 7.4g of it. Thyme is rich in both insoluble and soluble fiber.
Thyme is lower in net carbs: 100g of it has 10.5g of net carbs, while the same amount of tarragon contains 42.8g.
Both thyme and tarragon are moderate-calorie foods. However, tarragon is higher in calories than thyme: it contains 295 calories, while thyme provides only 101 calories.
The two herbs are packed with different vitamins. Tarragon is an excellent source of B-complex vitamins: it is higher in vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6.
Thyme is richer in vitamins A and C. Thyme provides three times more vitamin C.
Thyme contains vitamin B5, while tarragon does not provide any amount of it.
Tarragon is the champion in this section. It is higher in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, iron, and copper.
Tarragon provides nearly five times more potassium than thyme: it has 3020mg per 100g of herb, while the same amount of thyme contains only 609mg.
You can check the mineral composition of these two fruits based on the DV coverage in the chart below.
Many companies use natural additives to help preserve food and fight bacteria that cause foodborne illness (3).
Tarragon and thyme oils have antibacterial effects against resistant strains of some bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Research (4) shows that tarragon oil is effective against Staphylococcus aureus and E.Coli. Thyme oil is also protective against Enterococcus and Pseudomonas bacteria (5).
Comparison summary table
|Lower in Sodium|
|Lower in Saturated Fat|
|Lower in price|
|Lower in glycemic index|
|Rich in minerals|
|Lower in Sugar||Equal|
|Lower in Cholesterol||Equal|
|Rich in vitamins||Equal|
All nutrients comparison - raw data values
Which food is preferable for your diet?
|Low Fats diet|
|Low Carbs diet|
|Low Calories diet|
|Low glycemic index diet|