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Beef vs Ground meat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Summary of differences between Beef and Ground meat

  • Ground meat has less Vitamin B3, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin B6 than Beef.

These are the specific foods used in this comparison Beef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, patty, cooked, broiled and Beef, ground, 70% lean meat / 30% fat, loaf, cooked, baked.

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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
Beef
7
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Contains more Iron +14.5%
Contains more Potassium +32%
Contains more Magnesium +23.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +19.3%
Contains more Calcium +83.3%
Equal in Copper - 0.079
Equal in Zinc - 5.84
Equal in Sodium - 73
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 98% 6% 29% 15% 29% 173% 85% 10%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 86% 10% 22% 13% 27% 160% 72% 10%
Contains more Iron +14.5%
Contains more Potassium +32%
Contains more Magnesium +23.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +19.3%
Contains more Calcium +83.3%
Equal in Copper - 0.079
Equal in Zinc - 5.84
Equal in Sodium - 73

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
Beef
6
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Contains more Vitamin B3 +33.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +28.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +22.8%
Contains more Folate +28.6%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +10.9%
Contains more Vitamin K +141.7%
Equal in Vitamin A - 9
Equal in Vitamin E - 0.12
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.171
Equal in Vitamin B12 - 2.49
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 1% 3% 0% 12% 41% 101% 40% 89% 331% 3% 7%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 1% 3% 0% 13% 40% 76% 31% 72% 312% 8% 6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +33.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +28.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +22.8%
Contains more Folate +28.6%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +10.9%
Contains more Vitamin K +141.7%
Equal in Vitamin A - 9
Equal in Vitamin E - 0.12
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.171
Equal in Vitamin B12 - 2.49

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
52
Beef
46
Ground meat
Mineral Summary Score
55
Beef
49
Ground meat

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
156%
Beef
143%
Ground meat
Carbohydrates
0%
Beef
0%
Ground meat
Fats
71%
Beef
71%
Ground meat

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.
Beef Ground meat
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Lower in price Equal

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Beef Ground meat
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet Equal
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Beef
Beef contains less Sodium (difference - 1mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Beef
Beef is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.178g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Beef
Beef is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Beef
Beef is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (88 mg)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar (0 g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($2)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Beef Ground meat Opinion
Calories 250 241 Beef
Protein 25.93 23.87 Beef
Fats 15.41 15.37 Beef
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 0 0
Cholesterol 88 88
Vitamin D 2 2
Iron 2.6 2.27 Beef
Calcium 18 33 Ground meat
Potassium 318 241 Beef
Magnesium 21 17 Beef
Sugar 0 0
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.085 0.079 Beef
Zinc 6.31 5.84 Beef
Starch
Phosphorus 198 166 Beef
Sodium 72 73 Beef
Vitamin A 9 9
Vitamin E 0.12 0.12
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.046 0.051 Ground meat
Vitamin B2 0.176 0.171 Beef
Vitamin B3 5.378 4.026 Beef
Vitamin B5 0.658 0.512 Beef
Vitamin B6 0.382 0.311 Beef
Vitamin B12 2.64 2.49 Beef
Vitamin K 1.2 2.9 Ground meat
Folate 9 7 Beef
Trans Fat 0.572 1.173 Beef
Saturated Fat 5.895 6.073 Beef
Monounsaturated Fat 6.668 7.322 Ground meat
Polyunsaturated fat 0.484 0.408 Beef
Tryptophan 0.094 0.121 Ground meat
Threonine 0.72 0.923 Ground meat
Isoleucine 0.822 1.055 Ground meat
Leucine 1.45 1.861 Ground meat
Lysine 1.54 1.976 Ground meat
Methionine 0.478 0.614 Ground meat
Phenylalanine 0.725 0.931 Ground meat
Valine 0.914 1.172 Ground meat
Histidine 0.604 0.775 Ground meat
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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. Beef - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174032/nutrients
  2. Ground meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169474/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.