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Chicken thigh vs. Pork — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Chicken thigh and Pork different?

  • Chicken thigh is higher in Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, and Iron, however, Pork is richer in Vitamin B1, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and Phosphorus.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B1 from Pork is 66% higher.
  • Chicken thigh contains 2 times more Vitamin B5 than Pork. While Chicken thigh contains 1.285mg of Vitamin B5, Pork contains only 0.698mg.
  • Pork has less Cholesterol.

Chicken, broilers or fryers, thigh, meat only, cooked, fried and Pork, fresh, loin, whole, separable lean and fat, cooked, broiled 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 Iron +67.8%
Contains more Zinc +16.7%
Contains more Copper +23.3%
Contains more Manganese +200%
Contains more Calcium +46.2%
Contains more Phosphorus +23.6%
Contains more Potassium +63.3%
Contains less Sodium -34.7%
Contains more Selenium +121%
Equal in Magnesium - 28
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 4% 55% 19% 86% 23% 13% 77% 30% 4% 112%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 33% 20% 106% 38% 9% 66% 25% 2% 248%
Contains more Iron +67.8%
Contains more Zinc +16.7%
Contains more Copper +23.3%
Contains more Manganese +200%
Contains more Calcium +46.2%
Contains more Phosphorus +23.6%
Contains more Potassium +63.3%
Contains less Sodium -34.7%
Contains more Selenium +121%
Equal in Magnesium - 28

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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Pork
Contains more Vitamin A +900%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +41.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +84.1%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin D +550%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +896.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +25.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +22.1%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +112.1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 5% 0% 6% 0% 22% 59% 134% 78% 88% 7% 42% 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 1% 6% 39% 2% 220% 75% 95% 42% 108% 4% 88% 52% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +900%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +41.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +84.1%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin D +550%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +896.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +25.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +22.1%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +112.1%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +15.7%
Contains more Fats +35.1%
Equal in Protein - 27.32
Equal in Water - 57.87
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% 58%
Protein: 27.32 g
Fats: 13.92 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 57.87 g
Other: 0.89 g
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +15.7%
Contains more Fats +35.1%
Equal in Protein - 27.32
Equal in Water - 57.87

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -46.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +102.5%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +62%
31% 42% 27%
Saturated Fat: 2.78 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 3.82 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 2.43 g
41% 49% 10%
Saturated Fat: 5.23 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 6.19 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -46.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +102.5%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +62%

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 Pork
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chicken thigh Pork Opinion
Net carbs 1.18g 0g Chicken thigh
Protein 28.18g 27.32g Chicken thigh
Fats 10.3g 13.92g Pork
Carbs 1.18g 0g Chicken thigh
Calories 218kcal 242kcal Pork
Calcium 13mg 19mg Pork
Iron 1.46mg 0.87mg Chicken thigh
Magnesium 26mg 28mg Pork
Phosphorus 199mg 246mg Pork
Potassium 259mg 423mg Pork
Sodium 95mg 62mg Pork
Zinc 2.79mg 2.39mg Chicken thigh
Copper 0.09mg 0.073mg Chicken thigh
Manganese 0.027mg 0.009mg Chicken thigh
Selenium 20.5µg 45.3µg Pork
Vitamin A 70IU 7IU Chicken thigh
Vitamin A RAE 2µg Pork
Vitamin E 0.29mg Pork
Vitamin D 8IU 53IU Pork
Vitamin D 0.2µg 1.3µg Pork
Vitamin C 0mg 0.6mg Pork
Vitamin B1 0.088mg 0.877mg Pork
Vitamin B2 0.255mg 0.321mg Pork
Vitamin B3 7.12mg 5.037mg Chicken thigh
Vitamin B5 1.285mg 0.698mg Chicken thigh
Vitamin B6 0.38mg 0.464mg Pork
Folate 9µg 5µg Chicken thigh
Vitamin B12 0.33µg 0.7µg Pork
Choline 93.9mg Pork
Tryptophan 0.329mg 0.338mg Pork
Threonine 1.188mg 1.234mg Pork
Isoleucine 1.486mg 1.26mg Chicken thigh
Leucine 2.115mg 2.177mg Pork
Lysine 2.384mg 2.446mg Pork
Methionine 0.778mg 0.712mg Chicken thigh
Phenylalanine 1.121mg 1.086mg Chicken thigh
Valine 1.397mg 1.473mg Pork
Histidine 0.874mg 1.067mg Pork
Cholesterol 102mg 80mg Pork
Saturated Fat 2.78g 5.23g Chicken thigh
Omega-3 - DHA 0.05g 0g Chicken thigh
Omega-3 - EPA 0.01g 0g Chicken thigh
Omega-3 - DPA 0.03g 0g Chicken thigh
Monounsaturated Fat 3.82g 6.19g Pork
Polyunsaturated fat 2.43g 1.2g Chicken thigh

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Chicken thigh Pork
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
56%
Pork
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
42%
Chicken thigh
55%
Pork

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Pork
Pork contains less Sodium (difference - 33mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Pork
Pork is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 22mg)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Pork
Pork is relatively richer in vitamins
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 - 2.45g)
Which food is cheaper?
Chicken thigh
Chicken thigh is cheaper (difference - $0.8)
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.

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. Pork - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167820/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.