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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
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Shrimp
Contains more Iron +49%
Contains more Magnesium +61.5%
Contains more Copper +211.9%
Contains more Zinc +364.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +18.1%
Contains more Calcium +18.6%
Contains less Sodium -89.6%
Equal in Potassium - 259
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 29% 18% 24% 45% 394% 208% 120% 140%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 20% 22% 23% 28% 127% 45% 102% 15%
Contains more Iron +49%
Contains more Magnesium +61.5%
Contains more Copper +211.9%
Contains more Zinc +364.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +18.1%
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 C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 26% 2% 0% 0% 14% 13% 26% 24% 42% 1438% 0% 39%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

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
135
Crab meat
0
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 the food
Protein
116%
Crab meat
144%
Shrimp
Carbohydrates
0%
Crab meat
0%
Shrimp
Fats
7%
Crab meat
1%
Shrimp

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.
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 Sugars Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

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

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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 Sugars?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugars ( g)

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