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Chicken breast vs. Lamb shoulder — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Chicken breast and Lamb shoulder different?

  • Chicken breast is higher in Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, and Vitamin B5, however, Lamb shoulder is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iron, Vitamin B2, and Copper.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 from Lamb shoulder is 91% higher.
  • Chicken breast contains 5 times more Vitamin B6 than Lamb shoulder. While Chicken breast contains 0.64mg of Vitamin B6, Lamb shoulder contains only 0.12mg.
  • Chicken breast has less Saturated Fat.

Chicken, broilers or fryers, breast, meat only, cooked, fried and Lamb, domestic, shoulder, arm, separable lean and fat, trimmed to 1/4" fat, choice, 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Magnesium +34.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +34.4%
Contains more Calcium +12.5%
Contains more Iron +78.1%
Contains less Sodium -17.7%
Contains more Zinc +314.8%
Contains more Copper +109.3%
Equal in Potassium - 259
Equal in Manganese - 0.021
Equal in Selenium - 25.4
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 6% 77% 17% 79% 23% 9% 123% 38% 3% 139%
Contains more Magnesium +34.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +34.4%
Contains more Calcium +12.5%
Contains more Iron +78.1%
Contains less Sodium -17.7%
Contains more Zinc +314.8%
Contains more Copper +109.3%
Equal in Potassium - 259
Equal in Manganese - 0.021
Equal in Selenium - 25.4

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 A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +200%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +122%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +46.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +433.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +13.9%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +100%
Contains more Folate +400%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +589.2%
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 0% 3% 0% 0% 23% 58% 125% 43% 28% 15% 319% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +200%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +122%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +46.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +433.3%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +13.9%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +100%
Contains more Folate +400%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +589.2%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +48.4%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Fats +329.7%
Contains more Other +15.9%
Equal in Water - 55.92
33% 5% 60%
Protein: 33.44 g
Fats: 4.71 g
Carbs: 0.51 g
Water: 60.21 g
Other: 1.13 g
23% 20% 56%
Protein: 22.53 g
Fats: 20.24 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 55.92 g
Other: 1.31 g
Contains more Protein +48.4%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Fats +329.7%
Contains more Other +15.9%
Equal in Water - 55.92

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -85.2%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +382.6%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +50.5%
32% 42% 26%
Saturated Fat: 1.29 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.72 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.07 g
47% 45% 9%
Saturated Fat: 8.74 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 8.3 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.61 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -85.2%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +382.6%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +50.5%

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 Lamb shoulder
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 Chicken breast Lamb shoulder Opinion
Net carbs 0.51g 0g Chicken breast
Protein 33.44g 22.53g Chicken breast
Fats 4.71g 20.24g Lamb shoulder
Carbs 0.51g 0g Chicken breast
Calories 187kcal 279kcal Lamb shoulder
Calcium 16mg 18mg Lamb shoulder
Iron 1.14mg 2.03mg Lamb shoulder
Magnesium 31mg 23mg Chicken breast
Phosphorus 246mg 183mg Chicken breast
Potassium 276mg 259mg Chicken breast
Sodium 79mg 65mg Lamb shoulder
Zinc 1.08mg 4.48mg Lamb shoulder
Copper 0.054mg 0.113mg Lamb shoulder
Manganese 0.021mg 0.021mg
Selenium 26.2µg 25.4µg Chicken breast
Vitamin A 23IU 0IU Chicken breast
Vitamin A RAE 7µg 0µg Chicken breast
Vitamin E 0.42mg 0.14mg Chicken breast
Vitamin D 5IU Chicken breast
Vitamin D 0.1µg Chicken breast
Vitamin B1 0.079mg 0.09mg Lamb shoulder
Vitamin B2 0.125mg 0.25mg Lamb shoulder
Vitamin B3 14.782mg 6.66mg Chicken breast
Vitamin B5 1.04mg 0.71mg Chicken breast
Vitamin B6 0.64mg 0.12mg Chicken breast
Folate 4µg 20µg Lamb shoulder
Vitamin B12 0.37µg 2.55µg Lamb shoulder
Choline 95.9mg Chicken breast
Vitamin K 2.4µg Chicken breast
Tryptophan 0.39mg 0.263mg Chicken breast
Threonine 1.412mg 0.964mg Chicken breast
Isoleucine 1.765mg 1.087mg Chicken breast
Leucine 2.509mg 1.753mg Chicken breast
Lysine 2.836mg 1.99mg Chicken breast
Methionine 0.925mg 0.578mg Chicken breast
Phenylalanine 1.328mg 0.917mg Chicken breast
Valine 1.659mg 1.216mg Chicken breast
Histidine 1.037mg 0.714mg Chicken breast
Cholesterol 91mg 92mg Chicken breast
Saturated Fat 1.29g 8.74g Chicken breast
Omega-3 - DHA 0.03g Chicken breast
Omega-3 - EPA 0.01g Chicken breast
Omega-3 - DPA 0.02g Chicken breast
Monounsaturated Fat 1.72g 8.3g Lamb shoulder
Polyunsaturated fat 1.07g 1.61g Lamb shoulder

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Chicken breast Lamb shoulder
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
47%
Lamb shoulder
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
40%
Chicken breast
51%
Lamb shoulder

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Lamb shoulder
Lamb shoulder is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Lamb shoulder
Lamb shoulder contains less Sodium (difference - 14mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Chicken breast
Chicken breast is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 1mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Chicken breast
Chicken breast is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 7.45g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Chicken breast
Chicken breast 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 ($)
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. Chicken breast - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171078/nutrients
  2. Lamb shoulder - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174329/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.