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Thyme vs Basil - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Summary of differences between Thyme and Basil

  • Basil has less Iron, Vitamin C, Fiber, Vitamin B2, Manganese, Magnesium, Calcium, Copper, Vitamin B6, and Potassium than Thyme.
  • Thyme covers your daily need of Iron 179% more than Basil.
  • Thyme has 9 times more Vitamin C than Basil. While Thyme has 160.1mg of Vitamin C, Basil has only 18mg.

These are the specific foods used in this comparison Thyme, fresh and Basil, fresh.

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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
Thyme
7
:
1
Basil
Contains more Calcium +128.8%
Contains more Iron +450.5%
Contains more Magnesium +150%
Contains more Phosphorus +89.3%
Contains more Potassium +106.4%
Contains more Zinc +123.5%
Contains more Copper +44.2%
Contains less Sodium -55.6%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 122% 655% 115% 46% 54% 2% 50% 185%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 54% 119% 46% 24% 27% 1% 23% 129%
Contains more Calcium +128.8%
Contains more Iron +450.5%
Contains more Magnesium +150%
Contains more Phosphorus +89.3%
Contains more Potassium +106.4%
Contains more Zinc +123.5%
Contains more Copper +44.2%
Contains less Sodium -55.6%

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
Thyme
6
:
4
Basil
Contains more Vitamin C +789.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +41.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +519.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +102.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +95.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +124.5%
Contains more Vitamin A +11%
Contains more Folate +51.1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 286% 0% 0% 534% 12% 109% 35% 25% 81% 34% 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 317% 16% 0% 60% 9% 18% 17% 13% 36% 51% 0% 1037%
Contains more Vitamin C +789.4%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +41.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +519.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +102.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +95.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +124.5%
Contains more Vitamin A +11%
Contains more Folate +51.1%

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.
Thyme Basil
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Thyme Basil Opinion
Net carbs 10.45g 1.05g Thyme
Protein 5.56g 3.15g Thyme
Fats 1.68g 0.64g Thyme
Carbs 24.45g 2.65g Thyme
Calories 101kcal 23kcal Thyme
Starch g g
Fructose g 0.02g Basil
Sugar g 0.3g Thyme
Fiber 14g 1.6g Thyme
Calcium 405mg 177mg Thyme
Iron 17.45mg 3.17mg Thyme
Magnesium 160mg 64mg Thyme
Phosphorus 106mg 56mg Thyme
Potassium 609mg 295mg Thyme
Sodium 9mg 4mg Basil
Zinc 1.81mg 0.81mg Thyme
Copper 0.555mg 0.385mg Thyme
Vitamin A 4751IU 5275IU Basil
Vitamin E mg 0.8mg Basil
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 160.1mg 18mg Thyme
Vitamin B1 0.048mg 0.034mg Thyme
Vitamin B2 0.471mg 0.076mg Thyme
Vitamin B3 1.824mg 0.902mg Thyme
Vitamin B5 0.409mg 0.209mg Thyme
Vitamin B6 0.348mg 0.155mg Thyme
Folate 45µg 68µg Basil
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K µg 414.8µg Basil
Tryptophan 0.114mg 0.039mg Thyme
Threonine 0.154mg 0.104mg Thyme
Isoleucine 0.285mg 0.104mg Thyme
Leucine 0.262mg 0.191mg Thyme
Lysine 0.126mg 0.11mg Thyme
Methionine mg 0.036mg Basil
Phenylalanine mg 0.13mg Basil
Valine 0.307mg 0.127mg Thyme
Histidine mg 0.051mg Basil
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Trans Fat 0g 0g
Saturated Fat 0.467g 0.041g Basil
Monounsaturated Fat 0.081g 0.088g Basil
Polyunsaturated fat 0.532g 0.389g Thyme

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Thyme Basil
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
93
Thyme
131
Basil
Mineral Summary Score
153
Thyme
52
Basil

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
33%
Thyme
19%
Basil
Carbohydrates
24%
Thyme
3%
Basil
Fats
8%
Thyme
3%
Basil

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Thyme
Thyme is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.3g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Thyme
Thyme is lower in glycemic index (difference - 25)
Which food is cheaper?
Thyme
Thyme is cheaper (difference - $0.6)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Thyme
Thyme is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sodium?
Basil
Basil contains less Sodium (difference - 5mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Basil
Basil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.426g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
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. Thyme - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173470/nutrients
  2. Basil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172232/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.