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Beef vs Horse meat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Beef and Horse meat different?

  • Beef is higher in Zinc, Selenium, and Monounsaturated Fat, however Horse meat is richer in Iron, Vitamin B12, Copper, and Phosphorus.
  • Daily need coverage for Iron from Horse meat is 30% higher.
  • Beef contains 3 times more Monounsaturated Fat than Horse meat. While Beef contains 6.668g of Monounsaturated Fat, Horse meat contains only 2.12g.
  • Horse meat has less Saturated Fat.

Beef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, patty, cooked, broiled and Game meat, horse, cooked, roasted are the varieties used in this article.

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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
Contains more Calcium +125%
Contains more Zinc +65.2%
Contains more Iron +93.5%
Contains more Magnesium +19%
Contains more Phosphorus +24.7%
Contains more Potassium +19.2%
Contains less Sodium -23.6%
Contains more Copper +101.2%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 98% 15% 85% 29% 10% 173% 29%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 3% 189% 18% 106% 34% 8% 105% 57%
Contains more Calcium +125%
Contains more Zinc +65.2%
Contains more Iron +93.5%
Contains more Magnesium +19%
Contains more Phosphorus +24.7%
Contains more Potassium +19.2%
Contains less Sodium -23.6%
Contains more Copper +101.2%

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
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Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +46.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +11.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +15.8%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +117.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +19.7%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 4.84
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 3% 0% 0% 12% 41% 101% 40% 89% 7% 331% 3%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 7% 25% 28% 91% 0% 77% 0% 396% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +46.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +11.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +15.8%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +117.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +19.7%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 4.84

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Beef Horse meat Opinion
Net carbs 0g 0g
Protein 25.93g 28.14g Horse meat
Fats 15.41g 6.05g Beef
Carbs 0g 0g
Calories 250kcal 175kcal Beef
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0g g Horse meat
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 18mg 8mg Beef
Iron 2.6mg 5.03mg Horse meat
Magnesium 21mg 25mg Horse meat
Phosphorus 198mg 247mg Horse meat
Potassium 318mg 379mg Horse meat
Sodium 72mg 55mg Horse meat
Zinc 6.31mg 3.82mg Beef
Copper 0.085mg 0.171mg Horse meat
Vitamin A 9IU 0IU Beef
Vitamin E 0.12mg mg Beef
Vitamin D 2IU IU Beef
Vitamin D 0µg µg Beef
Vitamin C 0mg 2mg Horse meat
Vitamin B1 0.046mg 0.1mg Horse meat
Vitamin B2 0.176mg 0.12mg Beef
Vitamin B3 5.378mg 4.84mg Beef
Vitamin B5 0.658mg mg Beef
Vitamin B6 0.382mg 0.33mg Beef
Folate 9µg µg Beef
Vitamin B12 2.64µg 3.16µg Horse meat
Vitamin K 1.2µg µg Beef
Tryptophan 0.094mg 0.349mg Horse meat
Threonine 0.72mg 1.262mg Horse meat
Isoleucine 0.822mg 1.334mg Horse meat
Leucine 1.45mg 2.232mg Horse meat
Lysine 1.54mg 2.398mg Horse meat
Methionine 0.478mg 0.623mg Horse meat
Phenylalanine 0.725mg 1.157mg Horse meat
Valine 0.914mg 1.458mg Horse meat
Histidine 0.604mg 1.081mg Horse meat
Cholesterol 88mg 68mg Horse meat
Trans Fat 0.572g g Horse meat
Saturated Fat 5.895g 1.9g Horse meat
Monounsaturated Fat 6.668g 2.12g Beef
Polyunsaturated fat 0.484g 0.85g Horse meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Beef Horse meat
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet Equal
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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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
52
Beef
52
Horse meat
Mineral Summary Score
55
Beef
65
Horse 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
169%
Horse meat
Carbohydrates
0%
Beef
0%
Horse meat
Fats
71%
Beef
28%
Horse meat

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Horse meat
Horse meat is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Horse meat
Horse meat contains less Sodium (difference - 17mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Horse meat
Horse meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 20mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Horse meat
Horse meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 3.995g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Beef
Beef is relatively richer in vitamins
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)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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. Beef - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174032/nutrients
  2. Horse meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175087/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.