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Chicken meat vs Ground meat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Chicken meat and Ground meat

  • Chicken meat is richer in Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Selenium, and Vitamin B6, yet Ground meat is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Iron.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 from Ground meat is 91% higher.
  • Chicken meat contains 2 times more Vitamin B3 than Ground meat. Chicken meat contains 8.487mg of Vitamin B3, while Ground meat contains 4.026mg.
  • Chicken meat contains less Saturated Fat.

Food types used in this article are Chicken, broilers or fryers, meat and skin, cooked, roasted and Beef, ground, 70% lean meat / 30% fat, loaf, cooked, baked.

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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
Contains more Magnesium +35.3%
Contains more Calcium +120%
Contains more Iron +80.2%
Contains less Sodium -11%
Contains more Zinc +201%
Contains more Copper +19.7%
Equal in Phosphorus - 166
Equal in Potassium - 241
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 5% 48% 17% 78% 20% 11% 53% 22%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 10% 86% 13% 72% 22% 10% 160% 27%
Contains more Magnesium +35.3%
Contains more Calcium +120%
Contains more Iron +80.2%
Contains less Sodium -11%
Contains more Zinc +201%
Contains more Copper +19.7%
Equal in Phosphorus - 166
Equal in Potassium - 241

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
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Contains more Vitamin A +1688.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +125%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +23.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +110.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +101.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +28.6%
Contains more Folate +40%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +730%
Contains more Vitamin K +20.8%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.171
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 10% 6% 0% 0% 16% 39% 160% 62% 93% 4% 38% 6%
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% 13% 40% 76% 31% 72% 6% 312% 8%
Contains more Vitamin A +1688.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +125%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +23.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +110.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +101.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +28.6%
Contains more Folate +40%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +730%
Contains more Vitamin K +20.8%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.171

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.
Chicken meat Ground meat
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chicken meat Ground meat Opinion
Net carbs 0g 0g
Protein 27.3g 23.87g Chicken meat
Fats 13.6g 15.37g Ground meat
Carbs 0g 0g
Calories 239kcal 241kcal Ground meat
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0g 0g
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 15mg 33mg Ground meat
Iron 1.26mg 2.27mg Ground meat
Magnesium 23mg 17mg Chicken meat
Phosphorus 182mg 166mg Chicken meat
Potassium 223mg 241mg Ground meat
Sodium 82mg 73mg Ground meat
Zinc 1.94mg 5.84mg Ground meat
Copper 0.066mg 0.079mg Ground meat
Vitamin A 161IU 9IU Chicken meat
Vitamin E 0.27mg 0.12mg Chicken meat
Vitamin D 2IU 2IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.063mg 0.051mg Chicken meat
Vitamin B2 0.168mg 0.171mg Ground meat
Vitamin B3 8.487mg 4.026mg Chicken meat
Vitamin B5 1.03mg 0.512mg Chicken meat
Vitamin B6 0.4mg 0.311mg Chicken meat
Folate 5µg 7µg Ground meat
Vitamin B12 0.3µg 2.49µg Ground meat
Vitamin K 2.4µg 2.9µg Ground meat
Tryptophan 0.305mg 0.121mg Chicken meat
Threonine 1.128mg 0.923mg Chicken meat
Isoleucine 1.362mg 1.055mg Chicken meat
Leucine 1.986mg 1.861mg Chicken meat
Lysine 2.223mg 1.976mg Chicken meat
Methionine 0.726mg 0.614mg Chicken meat
Phenylalanine 1.061mg 0.931mg Chicken meat
Valine 1.325mg 1.172mg Chicken meat
Histidine 0.802mg 0.775mg Chicken meat
Cholesterol 88mg 88mg
Trans Fat g 1.173g Chicken meat
Saturated Fat 3.79g 6.073g Chicken meat
Monounsaturated Fat 5.34g 7.322g Ground meat
Polyunsaturated fat 2.97g 0.408g Chicken meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Chicken meat Ground 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
36
Chicken meat
46
Ground meat
Mineral Summary Score
31
Chicken meat
49
Ground 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
164%
Chicken meat
143%
Ground meat
Carbohydrates
0%
Chicken meat
0%
Ground meat
Fats
63%
Chicken meat
71%
Ground meat

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Ground meat
Ground meat contains less Sodium (difference - 9mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 2.283g)
Which food is cheaper?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat is cheaper (difference - $1)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar (0 g)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (88 mg)
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. Chicken meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171450/nutrients
  2. Ground meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169474/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.