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Crab meat vs Shrimp - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Crab meat and Shrimp different?

  • Crab meat is higher than Shrimp in Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Magnesium.
  • Crab meat covers your daily need of Copper 89% more than Shrimp.
  • Crab meat contains 10 times more Sodium than Shrimp. Crab meat contains 1072mg of Sodium, while Shrimp contains 111mg.

Crustaceans, crab, alaska king, cooked, moist heat and Crustaceans, shrimp, cooked (not previously frozen) types were 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" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Contains more Iron +49%
Contains more Magnesium +61.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +18.1%
Contains more Zinc +364.6%
Contains more Copper +211.9%
Contains more Calcium +18.6%
Contains less Sodium -89.6%
Equal in Potassium - 259
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 18% 29% 45% 120% 24% 140% 208% 394%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 22% 20% 28% 102% 23% 15% 45% 127%
Contains more Iron +49%
Contains more Magnesium +61.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +18.1%
Contains more Zinc +364.6%
Contains more Copper +211.9%
Contains more Calcium +18.6%
Contains less Sodium -89.6%
Equal in Potassium - 259

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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Shrimp
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 2% 0% 0% 26% 14% 13% 26% 24% 42% 39% 1438% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Crab meat Shrimp Opinion
Net carbs 0g 0.2g Shrimp
Protein 19.35g 23.98g Shrimp
Fats 1.54g 0.28g Crab meat
Carbs 0g 0.2g Shrimp
Calories 97kcal 99kcal Shrimp
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g g
Fiber 0g g Crab meat
Calcium 59mg 70mg Shrimp
Iron 0.76mg 0.51mg Crab meat
Magnesium 63mg 39mg Crab meat
Phosphorus 280mg 237mg Crab meat
Potassium 262mg 259mg Crab meat
Sodium 1072mg 111mg Shrimp
Zinc 7.62mg 1.64mg Crab meat
Copper 1.182mg 0.379mg Crab meat
Vitamin A 29IU IU Crab meat
Vitamin E mg mg
Vitamin D IU IU
Vitamin D µg µg
Vitamin C 7.6mg mg Crab meat
Vitamin B1 0.053mg mg Crab meat
Vitamin B2 0.055mg mg Crab meat
Vitamin B3 1.34mg mg Crab meat
Vitamin B5 0.4mg mg Crab meat
Vitamin B6 0.18mg mg Crab meat
Folate 51µg µg Crab meat
Vitamin B12 11.5µg µg Crab meat
Vitamin K µg µg
Tryptophan 0.269mg mg Crab meat
Threonine 0.783mg mg Crab meat
Isoleucine 0.938mg mg Crab meat
Leucine 1.536mg mg Crab meat
Lysine 1.684mg mg Crab meat
Methionine 0.545mg mg Crab meat
Phenylalanine 0.817mg mg Crab meat
Valine 0.91mg mg Crab meat
Histidine 0.393mg mg Crab meat
Cholesterol 53mg 189mg Crab meat
Trans Fat g 0.002g Crab meat
Saturated Fat 0.133g 0.056g Shrimp
Monounsaturated Fat 0.185g 0.048g Crab meat
Polyunsaturated fat 0.536g 0.079g Crab meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Crab meat Shrimp
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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
135
Crab meat
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Shrimp
Mineral Summary Score
122
Crab meat
47
Shrimp

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
116%
Crab meat
144%
Shrimp
Carbohydrates
0%
Crab meat
0%
Shrimp
Fats
7%
Crab meat
1%
Shrimp

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Shrimp
Shrimp contains less Sodium (difference - 961mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Shrimp
Shrimp is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.077g)
Which food is cheaper?
Shrimp
Shrimp is cheaper (difference - $5)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Crab meat
Crab meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 136mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Crab meat
Crab meat is lower in glycemic index (difference - 50)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Crab meat
Crab meat is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Crab meat
Crab meat is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)

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. Crab meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174202/nutrients
  2. Shrimp - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175180/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.