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Beef vs Pepperoni - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Beef and Pepperoni

  • Beef is higher in Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Iron, yet Pepperoni is higher in Manganese, Vitamin B1, Selenium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B2.
  • Pepperoni covers your daily Sodium needs 66% more than Beef.
  • Beef contains 3 times more Zinc than Pepperoni. While Beef contains 6.31mg of Zinc, Pepperoni contains only 2.44mg.
  • The amount of Saturated Fat in Beef is lower.

Food varieties used in this article are Beef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, patty, cooked, broiled and Pepperoni, beef and pork, sliced.

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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
6
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Contains more Iron +95.5%
Contains more Magnesium +16.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +25.3%
Contains more Potassium +16.1%
Contains less Sodium -95.4%
Contains more Zinc +158.6%
Equal in Calcium - 19
Equal in Copper - 0.091
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 98% 15% 85% 29% 10% 173% 29%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 50% 13% 68% 25% 207% 67% 31%
Contains more Iron +95.5%
Contains more Magnesium +16.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +25.3%
Contains more Potassium +16.1%
Contains less Sodium -95.4%
Contains more Zinc +158.6%
Equal in Calcium - 19
Equal in Copper - 0.091

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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Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +103.1%
Contains more Vitamin E +758.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +489.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +46%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +41.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +383.3%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 4.987
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.362
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% 21% 39% 0% 68% 60% 94% 56% 84% 4% 163% 15%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +103.1%
Contains more Vitamin E +758.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +489.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +46%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +41.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +383.3%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 4.987
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.362

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Beef Pepperoni Opinion
Net carbs 0g 1.18g Pepperoni
Protein 25.93g 19.25g Beef
Fats 15.41g 46.28g Pepperoni
Carbs 0g 1.18g Pepperoni
Calories 250kcal 504kcal Pepperoni
Starch g g
Fructose g 0g Pepperoni
Sugar 0g 0g
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 18mg 19mg Pepperoni
Iron 2.6mg 1.33mg Beef
Magnesium 21mg 18mg Beef
Phosphorus 198mg 158mg Beef
Potassium 318mg 274mg Beef
Sodium 72mg 1582mg Beef
Zinc 6.31mg 2.44mg Beef
Copper 0.085mg 0.091mg Pepperoni
Vitamin A 9IU 0IU Beef
Vitamin E 0.12mg 1.03mg Pepperoni
Vitamin D 2IU 52IU Pepperoni
Vitamin D 0µg 1.3µg Pepperoni
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.046mg 0.271mg Pepperoni
Vitamin B2 0.176mg 0.257mg Pepperoni
Vitamin B3 5.378mg 4.987mg Beef
Vitamin B5 0.658mg 0.93mg Pepperoni
Vitamin B6 0.382mg 0.362mg Beef
Folate 9µg 5µg Beef
Vitamin B12 2.64µg 1.3µg Beef
Vitamin K 1.2µg 5.8µg Pepperoni
Tryptophan 0.094mg 0.23mg Pepperoni
Threonine 0.72mg 0.869mg Pepperoni
Isoleucine 0.822mg 0.901mg Pepperoni
Leucine 1.45mg 1.575mg Pepperoni
Lysine 1.54mg 1.652mg Pepperoni
Methionine 0.478mg 0.511mg Pepperoni
Phenylalanine 0.725mg 0.778mg Pepperoni
Valine 0.914mg 0.987mg Pepperoni
Histidine 0.604mg 0.688mg Pepperoni
Cholesterol 88mg 97mg Beef
Trans Fat 0.572g 1.527g Beef
Saturated Fat 5.895g 17.708g Beef
Monounsaturated Fat 6.668g 20.77g Pepperoni
Polyunsaturated fat 0.484g 4.458g Pepperoni

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Beef Pepperoni
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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
50
Pepperoni
Mineral Summary Score
55
Beef
58
Pepperoni

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
116%
Pepperoni
Carbohydrates
0%
Beef
1%
Pepperoni
Fats
71%
Beef
214%
Pepperoni

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Beef
Beef contains less Sodium (difference - 1510mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Beef
Beef is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 9mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Beef
Beef is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 11.813g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Beef
Beef is lower in glycemic index (difference - 28)
Which food is cheaper?
Beef
Beef is cheaper (difference - $1)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar (0 g)
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. Pepperoni - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174575/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.