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Beef vs Meat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Beef and Meat different?

  • Beef is higher in Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Iron, however Meat is richer in Vitamin B1, Selenium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, and Phosphorus.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 from Beef is 86% higher.
  • Beef contains 5 times more Saturated Fat than Meat. While Beef contains 5.895g of Saturated Fat, Meat contains only 1.198g.

Beef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, patty, cooked, broiled and Pork, fresh, loin, tenderloin, separable lean only, 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
Beef
3
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5
Meat
Contains more Calcium +200%
Contains more Iron +126.1%
Contains more Zinc +160.7%
Contains more Magnesium +38.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +34.8%
Contains more Potassium +32.4%
Contains less Sodium -20.8%
Contains more Copper +30.6%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 98% 15% 85% 29% 10% 173% 29%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 2% 44% 21% 115% 38% 8% 66% 37%
Contains more Calcium +200%
Contains more Iron +126.1%
Contains more Zinc +160.7%
Contains more Magnesium +38.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +34.8%
Contains more Potassium +32.4%
Contains less Sodium -20.8%
Contains more Copper +30.6%

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
5
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6
Meat
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +50%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +363.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1965.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +119.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +38.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +53.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +93.5%
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% 2% 6% 0% 238% 90% 140% 61% 171% 0% 72% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +50%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +363.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1965.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +119.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +38.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +53.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +93.5%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Beef Meat Opinion
Net carbs 0g 0g
Protein 25.93g 26.17g Meat
Fats 15.41g 3.51g Beef
Carbs 0g 0g
Calories 250kcal 143kcal Beef
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0g 0g
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 18mg 6mg Beef
Iron 2.6mg 1.15mg Beef
Magnesium 21mg 29mg Meat
Phosphorus 198mg 267mg Meat
Potassium 318mg 421mg Meat
Sodium 72mg 57mg Meat
Zinc 6.31mg 2.42mg Beef
Copper 0.085mg 0.111mg Meat
Vitamin A 9IU 0IU Beef
Vitamin E 0.12mg 0.08mg Beef
Vitamin D 2IU 10IU Meat
Vitamin D 0µg 0.2µg Meat
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.046mg 0.95mg Meat
Vitamin B2 0.176mg 0.387mg Meat
Vitamin B3 5.378mg 7.432mg Meat
Vitamin B5 0.658mg 1.012mg Meat
Vitamin B6 0.382mg 0.739mg Meat
Folate 9µg 0µg Beef
Vitamin B12 2.64µg 0.57µg Beef
Vitamin K 1.2µg 0µg Beef
Tryptophan 0.094mg 0.275mg Meat
Threonine 0.72mg 1.175mg Meat
Isoleucine 0.822mg 1.288mg Meat
Leucine 1.45mg 2.229mg Meat
Lysine 1.54mg 2.427mg Meat
Methionine 0.478mg 0.721mg Meat
Phenylalanine 0.725mg 1.1mg Meat
Valine 0.914mg 1.367mg Meat
Histidine 0.604mg 1.13mg Meat
Cholesterol 88mg 73mg Meat
Trans Fat 0.572g 0.033g Meat
Saturated Fat 5.895g 1.198g Meat
Monounsaturated Fat 6.668g 1.334g Beef
Polyunsaturated fat 0.484g 0.506g Meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Beef 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
65
Meat
Mineral Summary Score
55
Beef
41
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
157%
Meat
Carbohydrates
0%
Beef
0%
Meat
Fats
71%
Beef
16%
Meat

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Meat
Meat contains less Sodium (difference - 15mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Meat
Meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 15mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Meat
Meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.697g)
Which food is cheaper?
Meat
Meat is cheaper (difference - $1.5)
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 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.
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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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. Meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168250/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.