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Chicken breast vs. Ground turkey — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Chicken breast and Ground turkey different?

  • Chicken breast is higher in Vitamin B3, however, Ground turkey is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Vitamin B2, Monounsaturated Fat, and Polyunsaturated fat.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 from Ground turkey is 40% higher.
  • Chicken breast contains 2 times more Vitamin B3 than Ground turkey. While Chicken breast contains 14.782mg of Vitamin B3, Ground turkey contains only 8.724mg.
  • Chicken breast has less Saturated Fat.

Chicken, broilers or fryers, breast, meat only, cooked, fried and Ground turkey, cooked 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Manganese +90.9%
Contains more Calcium +75%
Contains more Iron +33.3%
Contains more Zinc +188%
Contains more Copper +179.6%
Contains more Selenium +18.7%
Equal in Magnesium - 30
Equal in Phosphorus - 254
Equal in Potassium - 294
Equal in Sodium - 78
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 5% 43% 23% 106% 25% 11% 30% 18% 3% 143%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 9% 57% 22% 109% 26% 11% 85% 51% 2% 170%
Contains more Manganese +90.9%
Contains more Calcium +75%
Contains more Iron +33.3%
Contains more Zinc +188%
Contains more Copper +179.6%
Contains more Selenium +18.7%
Equal in Magnesium - 30
Equal in Phosphorus - 254
Equal in Potassium - 294
Equal in Sodium - 78

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.
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Contains more Vitamin E +281.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +69.4%
Contains more Choline +22.6%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +243.5%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +68.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +14.7%
Contains more Folate +75%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +262.2%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.077
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.633
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 2% 9% 3% 0% 20% 29% 278% 63% 148% 3% 47% 53% 6%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 5% 3% 6% 0% 20% 49% 164% 72% 147% 6% 168% 43% 0%
Contains more Vitamin E +281.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +69.4%
Contains more Choline +22.6%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +243.5%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +68.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +14.7%
Contains more Folate +75%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +262.2%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.077
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.633

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +22.2%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +606.3%
Contains more Fats +120.8%
Equal in Water - 62.07
33% 5% 60%
Protein: 33.44 g
Fats: 4.71 g
Carbs: 0.51 g
Water: 60.21 g
Other: 1.13 g
27% 10% 62%
Protein: 27.37 g
Fats: 10.4 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 62.07 g
Other: 0.16 g
Contains more Protein +22.2%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +606.3%
Contains more Fats +120.8%
Equal in Water - 62.07

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -51.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +101%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +172.6%
32% 42% 26%
Saturated Fat: 1.29 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.72 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.07 g
30% 38% 32%
Saturated Fat: 2.669 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 3.458 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 2.917 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -51.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +101%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +172.6%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chicken breast Ground turkey Opinion
Net carbs 0.51g 0g Chicken breast
Protein 33.44g 27.37g Chicken breast
Fats 4.71g 10.4g Ground turkey
Carbs 0.51g 0g Chicken breast
Calories 187kcal 203kcal Ground turkey
Calcium 16mg 28mg Ground turkey
Iron 1.14mg 1.52mg Ground turkey
Magnesium 31mg 30mg Chicken breast
Phosphorus 246mg 254mg Ground turkey
Potassium 276mg 294mg Ground turkey
Sodium 79mg 78mg Ground turkey
Zinc 1.08mg 3.11mg Ground turkey
Copper 0.054mg 0.151mg Ground turkey
Manganese 0.021mg 0.011mg Chicken breast
Selenium 26.2µg 31.1µg Ground turkey
Vitamin A 23IU 79IU Ground turkey
Vitamin A RAE 7µg 24µg Ground turkey
Vitamin E 0.42mg 0.11mg Chicken breast
Vitamin D 5IU 8IU Ground turkey
Vitamin D 0.1µg 0.2µg Ground turkey
Vitamin B1 0.079mg 0.077mg Chicken breast
Vitamin B2 0.125mg 0.211mg Ground turkey
Vitamin B3 14.782mg 8.724mg Chicken breast
Vitamin B5 1.04mg 1.193mg Ground turkey
Vitamin B6 0.64mg 0.633mg Chicken breast
Folate 4µg 7µg Ground turkey
Vitamin B12 0.37µg 1.34µg Ground turkey
Choline 95.9mg 78.2mg Chicken breast
Vitamin K 2.4µg 0µg Chicken breast
Tryptophan 0.39mg 0.312mg Chicken breast
Threonine 1.412mg 1.258mg Chicken breast
Isoleucine 1.765mg 1.227mg Chicken breast
Leucine 2.509mg 2.262mg Chicken breast
Lysine 2.836mg 2.452mg Chicken breast
Methionine 0.925mg 0.806mg Chicken breast
Phenylalanine 1.328mg 1.068mg Chicken breast
Valine 1.659mg 1.27mg Chicken breast
Histidine 1.037mg 0.811mg Chicken breast
Cholesterol 91mg 93mg Chicken breast
Trans Fat 0.134g Chicken breast
Saturated Fat 1.29g 2.669g Chicken breast
Omega-3 - DHA 0.03g 0.009g Chicken breast
Omega-3 - EPA 0.01g 0.01g
Omega-3 - DPA 0.02g 0.012g Chicken breast
Monounsaturated Fat 1.72g 3.458g Ground turkey
Polyunsaturated fat 1.07g 2.917g Ground turkey
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.019g Ground turkey
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 2.508g Ground turkey
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.008g Ground turkey
Omega-3 - ALA 0.136g Ground turkey
Omega-3 - Eicosatrienoic acid 0.001g Ground turkey
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0.011g Ground turkey

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Chicken breast Ground turkey
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
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
50%
Chicken breast
52%
Ground turkey
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
40%
Chicken breast
54%
Ground turkey

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Ground turkey
Ground turkey is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sodium?
Ground turkey
Ground turkey contains less Sodium (difference - 1mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Chicken breast
Chicken breast is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 2mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Chicken breast
Chicken breast is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.379g)
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 ($)
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

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. Chicken breast - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171078/nutrients
  2. Ground turkey - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171506/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.