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Chicken meat vs Turkey meat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Chicken meat and Turkey meat

  • Turkey meat is higher than Chicken meat in Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Selenium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3 and Phosphorus.
  • Turkey meat covers your daily Vitamin B12 needs 30% more than Chicken meat.
  • Chicken meat contains 2 times more Saturated Fat than Turkey meat. While Chicken meat contains 3.79g of Saturated Fat, Turkey meat contains only 2.155g.

Food varieties used in this article are Chicken, broilers or fryers, meat and skin, cooked, roasted and Turkey, whole, meat and skin, cooked, roasted.

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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
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Contains more Iron +15.6%
Contains less Sodium -20.4%
Contains more Magnesium +30.4%
Contains more Copper +40.9%
Contains more Zinc +27.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +22.5%
Equal in Calcium - 14
Equal in Potassium - 239
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 48% 5% 20% 17% 22% 53% 78% 11%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 41% 5% 22% 22% 31% 68% 96% 14%
Contains more Iron +15.6%
Contains less Sodium -20.4%
Contains more Magnesium +30.4%
Contains more Copper +40.9%
Contains more Zinc +27.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +22.5%
Equal in Calcium - 14
Equal in Potassium - 239

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 +312.8%
Contains more Vitamin E +285.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +40%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +67.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +12.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +54%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +240%
Contains more Folate +80%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.948
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 10% 6% 0% 16% 39% 160% 62% 93% 38% 6% 4%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 3% 2% 12% 12% 65% 180% 57% 143% 128% 0% 7%
Contains more Vitamin A +312.8%
Contains more Vitamin E +285.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +40%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +67.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +12.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +54%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +240%
Contains more Folate +80%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.948

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils human daily needs, the more the summary score is
Vitamin Summary Score
36
Chicken meat
50
Turkey meat
Mineral Summary Score
31
Chicken meat
37
Turkey 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 the food
Protein
164%
Chicken meat
171%
Turkey meat
Carbohydrates
0%
Chicken meat
0%
Turkey meat
Fats
63%
Chicken meat
34%
Turkey meat

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Chicken meat Turkey meat
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugars Equal
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Chicken meat Turkey meat
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Turkey meat
Turkey meat is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Turkey meat
Turkey meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.635g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 21mg)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat contains less Sodium (difference - 21mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat is cheaper (difference - $1)
Which food contains less Sugars?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugars (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 vitamins?
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It cannot be definitely stated which food is richer in vitamins. See charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Chicken meat Turkey meat Opinion
Calories 239 189 Chicken meat
Protein 27.3 28.55 Turkey meat
Fats 13.6 7.39 Chicken meat
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 0 0.06 Turkey meat
Cholesterol 88 109 Chicken meat
Vitamin D 2 15 Turkey meat
Iron 1.26 1.09 Chicken meat
Calcium 15 14 Chicken meat
Potassium 223 239 Turkey meat
Magnesium 23 30 Turkey meat
Sugars 0 0
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.066 0.093 Turkey meat
Zinc 1.94 2.48 Turkey meat
Starch
Phosphorus 182 223 Turkey meat
Sodium 82 103 Chicken meat
Vitamin A 161 39 Chicken meat
Vitamin E 0.27 0.07 Chicken meat
Vitamin D 0 0.4 Turkey meat
Vitamin B1 0.063 0.045 Chicken meat
Vitamin B2 0.168 0.281 Turkey meat
Vitamin B3 8.487 9.573 Turkey meat
Vitamin B5 1.03 0.948 Chicken meat
Vitamin B6 0.4 0.616 Turkey meat
Vitamin B12 0.3 1.02 Turkey meat
Vitamin K 2.4 0 Chicken meat
Folate 5 9 Turkey meat
Trans Fat 0.101 Chicken meat
Saturated Fat 3.79 2.155 Turkey meat
Monounsaturated Fat 5.34 2.647 Chicken meat
Polyunsaturated fat 2.97 2.119 Chicken meat
Tryptophan 0.305 0.291 Chicken meat
Threonine 1.128 1.004 Chicken meat
Isoleucine 1.362 0.796 Chicken meat
Leucine 1.986 1.925 Chicken meat
Lysine 2.223 2.282 Turkey meat
Methionine 0.726 0.724 Chicken meat
Phenylalanine 1.061 0.903 Chicken meat
Valine 1.325 0.902 Chicken meat
Histidine 0.802 0.749 Chicken meat
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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 of 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. Turkey meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171479/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.