Moringa vs Spirulina

As 2016 comes to a close, we thought it was high time to revive our favorite moringa series, the Battle of the Greens! In our five previous rounds, moringa has had no trouble whatsoever holding its own against various other super greens. Just to give you a quick recap, so far moringa has taken out matcha, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, and kelp in that order.  So now that moringa holds a respectable 5-0 record, we thought we’d put it up against something a little more competitive.  What could possibly hope to compete with moringa, you ask?  This time around we’ll be looking at everyone’s favorite blue-green algae, spirulina.

*Cue dramatic music*

Compared to moringa’s previous super-opponents, this next contender might actually put up a fight.  For as you may or may not know, spirulina is a mighty, mighty protein beast.  In fact, spirulina is so high in protein that it actually holds the number one spot on two very appealing lists: highest protein content per calorie, and highest protein content per ounce. That’s right, 100 grams of spirulina contains nearly 58 grams of protein!  And like moringa, spirulina is a complete plant protein meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids.  Not to mention it’s also said to have been eaten by Aztec warriors in preparation for battle.

But you know we’re not here just tell you how great spirulina is so let’s get to the action.  For this battle, moringa will be relying on a few of its old standbys: its incredibly high iron content, as well as its respectable amounts of vitamin A, calcium, and fiber.  For this round we will be looking at 10g of Kuli Kuli moringa powder (about 1 tablespoon) vs. 10g of spirulina powder.

So without further ado… ROUND SIX… FIGHT!!

moringa vs spirulina

Moringa is the Champion!

DING DING DING!

Moringa knocks out spirulina 7-3 with several decisive wins.  As it turns out, spirulina is kind of a one trick pony. Beyond its high protein content, it really wasn’t very competitive in any of the other categories.  Let’s visualize things a little differently in a 100% stacked bar chart.  This is a great way to compare the nutritional content of the two foods as you can see the relative differences between moringa and spirulina for each nutrient.

moringa vs spirulina

As you can see, moringa did in fact pull off big wins in the vitamin A, calcium, fiber, and iron categories.  A single serving of moringa will give you half of your daily recommended iron content which is why it is such a great addition to any vegetarian’s diet. It’s also quite low in sodium, and its protein content is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Furthermore, since moringa and spirulina are both complete plant proteins, moringa is really just an all around more nutritious food.  Moringa has also been shown to reduce blood sugar, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is a well known lactation enhancer making it a great choice for diabetics, athletes, and new mothers alike.

So now that you know how great moringa is, you may be wondering how to add it to your diet.  As you might have guessed, we have an extensive catalog of moringa recipes on our site for your reading pleasure.

Previous Battles

Curious to see just how well moringa has done against other mighty greens?  Check our our previous Battle of the Greens rounds to see how moringa has made its way to a 6-0 record.  And be sure to stay tuned for round seven coming soon!

Round 1: Moringa vs. Matcha

Round 2: Moringa vs. Spinach

Round 3: Moringa vs. Collard Greens

Round 4: Moringa vs. Swiss Chard

Round 5: Moringa vs. Kelp


Sources

Moringa: Kuli Kuli Moringa Powder Nutrition Facts

Spirulina: United States Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database