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Beef vs. Veal — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Significant differences between Beef and Veal

  • Beef has more Vitamin B12, Iron, Vitamin B6, Selenium, Vitamin B2, and Phosphorus, however, Veal is richer in Vitamin B3, and Vitamin B5.
  • Beef covers your daily Vitamin B12 needs 123% more than Veal.
  • Veal has 3 times less Iron than Beef. Beef has 3.04mg of Iron, while Veal has 0.99mg.
  • Beef contains less Cholesterol.

Specific food types used in this comparison are Beef, loin, tenderloin roast, separable lean only, boneless, trimmed to 0" fat, select, cooked, roasted and Veal, ground, cooked, broiled.

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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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Beef
5
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5
Veal
Contains more Iron +207.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +19.4%
Contains less Sodium -34.9%
Contains more Selenium +85.4%
Contains more Calcium +30.8%
Contains more Magnesium +71.4%
Contains more Manganese +288.9%
Equal in Potassium - 337
Equal in Zinc - 3.87
Equal in Copper - 0.103
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 4% 114% 10% 111% 32% 8% 101% 33% 2% 139%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 38% 18% 93% 30% 11% 106% 35% 5% 75%
Contains more Iron +207.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +19.4%
Contains less Sodium -34.9%
Contains more Selenium +85.4%
Contains more Calcium +30.8%
Contains more Magnesium +71.4%
Contains more Manganese +288.9%
Equal in Potassium - 337
Equal in Zinc - 3.87
Equal in Copper - 0.103

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Beef
8
:
4
Veal
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +66.7%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +48.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +71.5%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +231.5%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +39.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +141.2%
Contains more Folate +57.1%
Contains more Choline +25.7%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.07
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 1% 5% 3% 0% 19% 93% 108% 29% 155% 6% 527% 42% 4%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 3% 0% 0% 18% 63% 151% 70% 90% 9% 159% 52% 3%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +66.7%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +48.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +71.5%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +231.5%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +39.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +141.2%
Contains more Folate +57.1%
Contains more Choline +25.7%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.07

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Beef
1
:
3
Veal
Contains more Protein +13%
Contains more Fats +15.6%
Contains more Other +550%
Equal in Water - 66.76
28% 7% 66%
Protein: 27.55 g
Fats: 6.54 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 65.71 g
Other: 0.2 g
24% 8% 67%
Protein: 24.38 g
Fats: 7.56 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 66.76 g
Other: 1.3 g
Contains more Protein +13%
Contains more Fats +15.6%
Contains more Other +550%
Equal in Water - 66.76

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Beef
1
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2
Veal
Contains less Saturated Fat -14.6%
Equal in Monounsaturated Fat - 2.84
Equal in Polyunsaturated fat - 0.55
44% 47% 9%
Saturated Fat: 2.595 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.734 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.532 g
47% 44% 9%
Saturated Fat: 3.04 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.84 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.55 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -14.6%
Equal in Monounsaturated Fat - 2.84
Equal in Polyunsaturated fat - 0.55

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Beef Veal
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Beef Veal Opinion
Protein 27.55g 24.38g Beef
Fats 6.54g 7.56g Veal
Calories 169kcal 172kcal Veal
Calcium 13mg 17mg Veal
Iron 3.04mg 0.99mg Beef
Magnesium 14mg 24mg Veal
Phosphorus 259mg 217mg Beef
Potassium 352mg 337mg Beef
Sodium 54mg 83mg Beef
Zinc 3.7mg 3.87mg Veal
Copper 0.097mg 0.103mg Veal
Manganese 0.009mg 0.035mg Veal
Selenium 25.4µg 13.7µg Beef
Vitamin A 6IU 0IU Beef
Vitamin A RAE 2µg 0µg Beef
Vitamin E 0.25mg 0.15mg Beef
Vitamin D 3IU 0IU Beef
Vitamin D 0.1µg 0µg Beef
Vitamin B1 0.074mg 0.07mg Beef
Vitamin B2 0.4mg 0.27mg Beef
Vitamin B3 5.76mg 8.03mg Veal
Vitamin B5 0.481mg 1.16mg Veal
Vitamin B6 0.669mg 0.39mg Beef
Folate 7µg 11µg Veal
Vitamin B12 4.21µg 1.27µg Beef
Choline 75.6mg 95mg Veal
Vitamin K 1.6µg 1.2µg Beef
Tryptophan 0.359mg 0.247mg Beef
Threonine 1.534mg 1.065mg Beef
Isoleucine 1.52mg 1.201mg Beef
Leucine 2.833mg 1.94mg Beef
Lysine 3.178mg 2.009mg Beef
Methionine 0.871mg 0.569mg Beef
Phenylalanine 1.299mg 0.984mg Beef
Valine 1.603mg 1.347mg Beef
Histidine 1.244mg 0.885mg Beef
Cholesterol 85mg 103mg Beef
Trans Fat 0.375g Veal
Saturated Fat 2.595g 3.04g Beef
Omega-3 - DHA 0.002g 0g Beef
Omega-3 - EPA 0.002g 0g Beef
Omega-3 - DPA 0.011g 0g Beef
Monounsaturated Fat 2.734g 2.84g Veal
Polyunsaturated fat 0.532g 0.55g Veal
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.002g Beef
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 0.349g Beef
Omega-3 - ALA 0.013g Beef
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0.017g Beef

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Beef Veal
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet Equal
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet Equal

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
76%
Beef
47%
Veal
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
55%
Beef
41%
Veal

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Beef
Beef contains less Sodium (difference - 29mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Beef
Beef is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 18mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Beef
Beef is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.445g)
Which food is cheaper?
Beef
Beef is cheaper (difference - $2.2)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Beef
Beef is relatively richer in vitamins
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.

References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Beef - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174006/nutrients
  2. Veal - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175291/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.