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Crab vs Mussel - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Crab and Mussel?

  • Crab is richer in Copper, and Zinc, yet Mussel is richer in Vitamin B12, Manganese, Selenium, Iron, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin C.
  • Mussel's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 861% higher.
  • Crab has 5 times more Copper than Mussel. Crab has 0.814mg of Copper, while Mussel has 0.149mg.
  • Mussel contains less Cholesterol.

We used Crustaceans, crab, blue, canned and Mollusks, mussel, blue, cooked, moist heat 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" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Crab
3
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5
Mussel
Contains more Calcium +175.8%
Contains more Zinc +42.7%
Contains more Copper +446.3%
Contains more Iron +1244%
Contains more Phosphorus +21.8%
Contains less Sodium -34.5%
Equal in Magnesium - 37
Equal in Potassium - 268
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 28% 19% 26% 101% 23% 74% 104% 272%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 10% 252% 27% 123% 24% 49% 73% 50%
Contains more Calcium +175.8%
Contains more Zinc +42.7%
Contains more Copper +446.3%
Contains more Iron +1244%
Contains more Phosphorus +21.8%
Contains less Sodium -34.5%
Equal in Magnesium - 37
Equal in Potassium - 268

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
Crab
5
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7
Mussel
Contains more Vitamin B6 +56%
Contains more Vitamin A +15100%
Contains more Vitamin C +312.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1204.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +351.6%
Contains more Folate +49%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +620.7%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 3
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.95
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 37% 0% 11% 6% 22% 52% 60% 36% 39% 417% 1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 19% 0% 0% 46% 75% 97% 57% 57% 24% 57% 3000% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +56%
Contains more Vitamin A +15100%
Contains more Vitamin C +312.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1204.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +351.6%
Contains more Folate +49%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +620.7%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 3
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.95

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 Mussel
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Crab Mussel Opinion
Net carbs 0g 7.39g Mussel
Protein 17.88g 23.8g Mussel
Fats 0.74g 4.48g Mussel
Carbs 0g 7.39g Mussel
Calories 83kcal 172kcal Mussel
Starch 0g g Crab
Fructose 0g g Crab
Sugar 0g g Mussel
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 91mg 33mg Crab
Iron 0.5mg 6.72mg Mussel
Magnesium 36mg 37mg Mussel
Phosphorus 234mg 285mg Mussel
Potassium 259mg 268mg Mussel
Sodium 563mg 369mg Mussel
Zinc 3.81mg 2.67mg Crab
Copper 0.814mg 0.149mg Crab
Vitamin A 2IU 304IU Mussel
Vitamin E 1.84mg mg Crab
Vitamin D 0IU IU Crab
Vitamin D 0µg µg Crab
Vitamin C 3.3mg 13.6mg Mussel
Vitamin B1 0.023mg 0.3mg Mussel
Vitamin B2 0.093mg 0.42mg Mussel
Vitamin B3 2.747mg 3mg Mussel
Vitamin B5 0.997mg 0.95mg Crab
Vitamin B6 0.156mg 0.1mg Crab
Folate 51µg 76µg Mussel
Vitamin B12 3.33µg 24µg Mussel
Vitamin K 0.3µg µg Crab
Tryptophan 0.226mg 0.267mg Mussel
Threonine 0.727mg 1.025mg Mussel
Isoleucine 0.776mg 1.036mg Mussel
Leucine 1.307mg 1.676mg Mussel
Lysine 1.386mg 1.779mg Mussel
Methionine 0.452mg 0.537mg Mussel
Phenylalanine 0.708mg 0.853mg Mussel
Valine 0.806mg 1.04mg Mussel
Histidine 0.393mg 0.457mg Mussel
Cholesterol 97mg 56mg Mussel
Trans Fat 0.014g g Mussel
Saturated Fat 0.201g 0.85g Crab
Monounsaturated Fat 0.129g 1.014g Mussel
Polyunsaturated fat 0.258g 1.212g Mussel

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Crab Mussel
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
56
Crab
286
Mussel
Mineral Summary Score
80
Crab
76
Mussel

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
107%
Crab
143%
Mussel
Carbohydrates
0%
Crab
7%
Mussel
Fats
3%
Crab
21%
Mussel

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Mussel
Mussel contains less Sodium (difference - 194mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 41mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Mussel
Mussel is cheaper (difference - $5)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Crab
Crab is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.649g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Crab
Crab is lower in glycemic index (difference - 50)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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

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 - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171966/nutrients
  2. Mussel - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174217/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.