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Chicken thigh vs. Chicken meat — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Chicken thigh and Chicken meat?

  • Chicken thigh is richer in Zinc, Vitamin B2, and Vitamin B5, while Chicken meat is higher in Vitamin B3, Selenium, and Monounsaturated Fat.
  • Chicken meat has 2 times less Vitamin B2 than Chicken thigh. Chicken thigh has 0.255mg of Vitamin B2, while Chicken meat has 0.168mg.
  • Chicken thigh is lower in Saturated Fat.

We used Chicken, broilers or fryers, thigh, meat only, cooked, fried and Chicken, broilers or fryers, meat and skin, cooked, roasted types in this comparison.

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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 Iron +15.9%
Contains more Magnesium +13%
Contains more Potassium +16.1%
Contains more Zinc +43.8%
Contains more Copper +36.4%
Contains more Manganese +35%
Contains more Calcium +15.4%
Contains less Sodium -13.7%
Contains more Selenium +16.6%
Equal in Phosphorus - 182
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 3.9% 55% 19% 85% 23% 12% 76% 30% 3.5% 112%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 4.5% 47% 16% 78% 20% 11% 53% 22% 2.6% 130%
Contains more Iron +15.9%
Contains more Magnesium +13%
Contains more Potassium +16.1%
Contains more Zinc +43.8%
Contains more Copper +36.4%
Contains more Manganese +35%
Contains more Calcium +15.4%
Contains less Sodium -13.7%
Contains more Selenium +16.6%
Equal in Phosphorus - 182

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 D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +39.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +51.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +24.8%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin A +130%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +19.2%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.4
Equal in Vitamin B12 - 0.3
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 4.2% 0% 6% 0% 22% 59% 134% 77% 88% 6.8% 41% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 9.7% 5.4% 0% 0% 16% 39% 159% 62% 92% 3.8% 38% 36% 6%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +39.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +51.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +24.8%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin A +130%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +19.2%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.4
Equal in Vitamin B12 - 0.3

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Fats +32%
Equal in Protein - 27.3
Equal in Water - 59.45
28% 10% 59%
Protein: 28.18 g
Fats: 10.3 g
Carbs: 1.18 g
Water: 59.31 g
Other: 1.03 g
27% 14% 59%
Protein: 27.3 g
Fats: 13.6 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 59.45 g
Other: 0 g
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Fats +32%
Equal in Protein - 27.3
Equal in Water - 59.45

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -26.6%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +39.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +22.2%
31% 42% 27%
Saturated Fat: 2.78 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 3.82 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 2.43 g
31% 44% 25%
Saturated Fat: 3.79 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 5.34 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 2.97 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -26.6%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +39.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +22.2%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chicken thigh Chicken meat Opinion
Net carbs 1.18g 0g Chicken thigh
Protein 28.18g 27.3g Chicken thigh
Fats 10.3g 13.6g Chicken meat
Carbs 1.18g 0g Chicken thigh
Calories 218kcal 239kcal Chicken meat
Calcium 13mg 15mg Chicken meat
Iron 1.46mg 1.26mg Chicken thigh
Magnesium 26mg 23mg Chicken thigh
Phosphorus 199mg 182mg Chicken thigh
Potassium 259mg 223mg Chicken thigh
Sodium 95mg 82mg Chicken meat
Zinc 2.79mg 1.94mg Chicken thigh
Copper 0.09mg 0.066mg Chicken thigh
Manganese 0.027mg 0.02mg Chicken thigh
Selenium 20.5µg 23.9µg Chicken meat
Vitamin A 70IU 161IU Chicken meat
Vitamin A RAE 48µg Chicken meat
Vitamin E 0.27mg Chicken meat
Vitamin D 8IU 2IU Chicken thigh
Vitamin D 0.2µg 0µg Chicken thigh
Vitamin B1 0.088mg 0.063mg Chicken thigh
Vitamin B2 0.255mg 0.168mg Chicken thigh
Vitamin B3 7.12mg 8.487mg Chicken meat
Vitamin B5 1.285mg 1.03mg Chicken thigh
Vitamin B6 0.38mg 0.4mg Chicken meat
Folate 9µg 5µg Chicken thigh
Vitamin B12 0.33µg 0.3µg Chicken thigh
Choline 65.9mg Chicken meat
Vitamin K 2.4µg Chicken meat
Tryptophan 0.329mg 0.305mg Chicken thigh
Threonine 1.188mg 1.128mg Chicken thigh
Isoleucine 1.486mg 1.362mg Chicken thigh
Leucine 2.115mg 1.986mg Chicken thigh
Lysine 2.384mg 2.223mg Chicken thigh
Methionine 0.778mg 0.726mg Chicken thigh
Phenylalanine 1.121mg 1.061mg Chicken thigh
Valine 1.397mg 1.325mg Chicken thigh
Histidine 0.874mg 0.802mg Chicken thigh
Cholesterol 102mg 88mg Chicken meat
Saturated Fat 2.78g 3.79g Chicken thigh
Omega-3 - DHA 0.05g 0.04g Chicken thigh
Omega-3 - EPA 0.01g 0.01g
Omega-3 - DPA 0.03g 0.02g Chicken thigh
Monounsaturated Fat 3.82g 5.34g Chicken meat
Polyunsaturated fat 2.43g 2.97g Chicken meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Chicken thigh Chicken meat
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
34%
Chicken thigh
36%
Chicken meat
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
42%
Chicken thigh
38%
Chicken meat

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Chicken thigh
Chicken thigh is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Chicken thigh
Chicken thigh is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.01g)
Which food is cheaper?
Chicken thigh
Chicken thigh is cheaper (difference - $1)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Chicken thigh
Chicken thigh is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sodium?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat contains less Sodium (difference - 13mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 14mg)
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 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 thigh - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172387/nutrients
  2. Chicken meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171450/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.