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Chicken meat vs. Ground beef — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Chicken meat and Ground beef

  • Chicken meat is richer in Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Selenium, and Vitamin B6, yet Ground beef is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Iron.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 from Ground beef is 91% higher.
  • Chicken meat contains 2 times more Vitamin B3 than Ground beef. Chicken meat contains 8.487mg of Vitamin B3, while Ground beef 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Magnesium +35.3%
Contains more Manganese +122.2%
Contains more Selenium +25.1%
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 Manganese Selenium 5% 48% 17% 78% 20% 11% 53% 22% 3% 131%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 10% 86% 13% 72% 22% 10% 160% 27% 2% 105%
Contains more Magnesium +35.3%
Contains more Manganese +122.2%
Contains more Selenium +25.1%
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" 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 +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 Choline +11.1%
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 Choline Vitamin K 10% 6% 0% 0% 16% 39% 160% 62% 93% 4% 38% 36% 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 1% 3% 0% 0% 13% 40% 76% 31% 72% 6% 312% 40% 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 Choline +11.1%
Contains more Vitamin K +20.8%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.171

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +14.4%
Contains more Fats +13%
Equal in Water - 58.37
Equal in Other - 2.39
27% 14% 59%
Protein: 27.3 g
Fats: 13.6 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 59.45 g
Other: 0 g
24% 15% 58% 2%
Protein: 23.87 g
Fats: 15.37 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 58.37 g
Other: 2.39 g
Contains more Protein +14.4%
Contains more Fats +13%
Equal in Water - 58.37
Equal in Other - 2.39

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -37.6%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +627.9%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +37.1%
31% 44% 25%
Saturated Fat: 3.79 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 5.34 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 2.97 g
44% 53% 3%
Saturated Fat: 6.073 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 7.322 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.408 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -37.6%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +627.9%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +37.1%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Chicken meat Ground beef
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 beef Opinion
Protein 27.3g 23.87g Chicken meat
Fats 13.6g 15.37g Ground beef
Calories 239kcal 241kcal Ground beef
Calcium 15mg 33mg Ground beef
Iron 1.26mg 2.27mg Ground beef
Magnesium 23mg 17mg Chicken meat
Phosphorus 182mg 166mg Chicken meat
Potassium 223mg 241mg Ground beef
Sodium 82mg 73mg Ground beef
Zinc 1.94mg 5.84mg Ground beef
Copper 0.066mg 0.079mg Ground beef
Manganese 0.02mg 0.009mg Chicken meat
Selenium 23.9µg 19.1µg Chicken meat
Vitamin A 161IU 9IU Chicken meat
Vitamin A RAE 48µg 3µg Chicken meat
Vitamin E 0.27mg 0.12mg Chicken meat
Vitamin D 2IU 2IU
Vitamin B1 0.063mg 0.051mg Chicken meat
Vitamin B2 0.168mg 0.171mg Ground beef
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 beef
Vitamin B12 0.3µg 2.49µg Ground beef
Choline 65.9mg 73.2mg Ground beef
Vitamin K 2.4µg 2.9µg Ground beef
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 1.173g Chicken meat
Saturated Fat 3.79g 6.073g Chicken meat
Omega-3 - DHA 0.04g 0g Chicken meat
Omega-3 - EPA 0.01g 0g Chicken meat
Omega-3 - DPA 0.02g 0g Chicken meat
Monounsaturated Fat 5.34g 7.322g Ground beef
Polyunsaturated fat 2.97g 0.408g Chicken meat
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.008g Ground beef

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Chicken meat Ground beef
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
36%
Chicken meat
46%
Ground beef
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
38%
Chicken meat
50%
Ground beef

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Ground beef
Ground beef 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

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 meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171450/nutrients
  2. Ground beef - 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.