Vitamin B-6 Content of Spices

  • Leonard S
  • Hardin K
  • Leklem J
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The vitamin B-6 content of 42 spices was measured in duplicate using a microbiological assay. There was a wide range of values for these 42 spices (0.10-4.02 mg/100 g). Relatively high sources were the red pepper spices such as chili, cayenne, and paprika (2.45-4.02 mg/100 g), garlic (2.94 mg/100 g), and certain leaves such as basil, bay leaf, dill weed, oregano, rosemary, sage, and tarragon (1.71-2.69 mg/100 g). The seeds were relatively low sources (0.21-0.89 mg/100 g). One teaspoon (5 g) per day of some of the spices which could be considered relatively better sources of vitamin B-6, could contribute anywhere from 0.1 to 0.2 mg of vitamin B-6 (5-10% of the current RDA for vitamin B-6) to the overall daily dietary consumption of the vitamin. © 2001 Academic Press.

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  • Non-irradiated
  • Spices
  • Vitamin B-6

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  • Scott W. Leonard

  • Karin Hardin

  • James E. Leklem

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