By studying the nutritional profiles for basil, it will make it easier for you to begin to understand how this herb can actually help your general health in a number of different ways. In actual fact, basil is widely known for its different healing properties and it is often down to the different things that are contained within it and you will probably be surprised as to what is included in this simple herb.
If we can begin with the basic macronutrients that are in the herb to show you some of the key things that are included in basil as you may be shocked at what it is capable of providing you.
Basil contains little protein even when you are looking at eating a total of 100g of the herb at the one time. However, even though there is little protein it does not mean that it is void of everything else as you still get 3.15g.
If we just refer to carbohydrates as sugar, then it is also something that is almost missing from basil even when you are eating it in large quantities. In actual fact, it is going to equate to a total of 2.65g of carbohydrates in 100g.
3. Fat – Total
100g of basil (which is more than you will generally use at the one time) has 0.24g of fat which is one reason why adding it to recipes makes so much sense as it adds nothing to the total fat contents.
4. Dietary Fiber.
Considering it is able to help with digestion, the fact that it has virtually no dietary fiber in it will come as a surprise. In the same 100g as we have discussed above, you are looking at 1.6g of dietary fiber.
In just 100g of basil, which is a lot, you are only going to consume a total of 22 calories. In other words, there is pretty much nothing in it.
As well as macronutrients, we also have to look at the different micronutrients that are contained within basil.
6. B-Complex Vitamins.
For B-Complex vitamins then there are several included in 100g of basil. This includes Niacin, Riboflavin, and Vitamin B6. The levels are low, but it still represents a reasonable percentage of your daily amounts.
7. Vitamin C
Even though it might not be the highest amount when it comes to vitamins in basil, you are still going to get 18 milligrams which is roughly 30% of your daily amount in just 100g of the herb.
8. Vitamin A
If you take our measurement of 100g of basil, then you are going to be able to consume 26.4 milligrams of Vitamin A. This equates to a total of 24% of your daily recommended amount which is a major boost for your body.
9. Vitamin D
We all need Vitamin D and yet struggle to get enough. Basil does not really help us with this but as it is so packed with other nutrients then it is not a problem.
10. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is something that the body needs for a whole host of reasons. In 100g you are looking at 0.8 milligrams of the vitamin which might not sound like much but our body does not require too much of it on a daily basis.
11. Vitamin K
Basil is high in Vitamin K. In actual fact, two tablespoons of the herb will provide you with 29% of your daily value. Furthermore, if we use the same measurement as we have done throughout this post, then in half a cup you would have 88 milligrams of the vitamin which is 108% of your recommended amount.
Basil also contains a number of minerals that are important for our health.
Boron is a mineral that is missing in basil.
Calcium of course helps the body by aiding our bones. In 100g of basil you are going to get a real boost as it contains 177 milligrams of calcium which is a significant amount.
Chloride might be an unusual thing to think about when it comes to a herb and basil does not contain any of it in any kind of quantity for you to be concerned about.
Chromium is yet another mineral that is missing in basil.
Copper does appear in basil in trace amounts but considering we need very little of this mineral then it is still going to be a rather useful addition. Indeed, you are looking at approximately 0.4 milligrams in 100g of basil which is quite substantial compared to a number of other herbs.
Scientific studies have shown that there is no fluoride in basil and that also includes in trace amounts.
Basil has been tested and it has been shown that there is no iodine in the herb although it is available in other foods. This applies to every variety of basil.
Iron is important and it is high in basil. In our 100g measurement it means that you are going to be able to get 3.17 milligrams which is quite impressive as it is 20% of your daily recommended value of iron.
Magnesium plays a key role in our body and the fact that it is in basil is quite impressive. With 100g, you are looking at a total of 64 milligrams of the mineral so it is able to give your body a real boost. If you are looking for a percentage, then this is roughly 15% of what you need each day.
Manganese is important for the way in which our body deals with Vitamin C. In 100g of basil, it has a total of 1.148 milligrams which might not sound like much but it still comes to a significant percentage of your recommended daily amount. Indeed, some believe that this amounts to more than 50% of what you need each day.
Molybdenum is yet another mineral that is completely absent from basil.
The body needs phosphorus for a number of functions so anything that can provide us with a reasonable amount is important. In this instance, we are looking at 56 milligrams in 100g of basil which gives you an indication of how high it is in the herb. As with a number of other minerals, this is roughly 10% of what scientists say you need each day.
If you thought that basil was high in phosphorus then it is nothing compared to the levels of potassium in the same 100g. In general, you are looking at 295 milligrams of potassium helping to elevate those levels in your body although this also amounts to approximately 10% of the total levels that you need each day.
Basil does contain some selenium although it is in very small quantities. Indeed, in 100g of basil you are still only looking at a trace amount of the mineral as it equates to 0.3 milligrams which does not even really amount to any percentage of the daily recommended value.
We all need sodium to survive but of course you need to be careful with how much. In 100g of basil it is going to equate to a total of 4 milligrams of sodium which might not sound a lot but it is quite high for a herb.
Zinc plays a more important role than you may realize. In this instance, 100g of the herb is able to provide 0.81 milligrams of the mineral which is going to really boost your immune system and general health. However, this is still only around 10% of what you are supposed to have on a daily basis.
As you can see, basil contains far more nutrients and vitamins than you probably thought possible. It has more to it than just being a useful addition to a number of recipes so if you have not made full use of it before now, then this would be a good time to start.
Basil cannot provide you with everything that you need when it comes to the different minerals unless you were able to eat vast quantities of it, but it can still offer a significant contribution if you use it on a daily basis. We understand that thinking about 100g of the herb is going to put a lot of people off, but even trace amounts can add up during the day especially when you think about the way in which the herb is going to boost the taste of your food.
Basil is about more than just cooking. Your body can extract so much goodness out of the king of herbs that you are able to benefit from it in a number of ways. Also, when you examine the different levels of minerals and nutrients that are contained within the plant then you can begin to really understand why so many people believe in its healing properties for a number of different ailments.