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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
:
5
Mussel
Contains more Calcium +175.8%
Contains more Copper +446.3%
Contains more Zinc +42.7%
Contains more Iron +1244%
Contains more Phosphorus +21.8%
Contains less Sodium -34.5%
Equal in Potassium - 268
Equal in Magnesium - 37
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 19% 28% 23% 26% 272% 104% 101% 74%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 252% 10% 24% 27% 50% 73% 123% 49%
Contains more Calcium +175.8%
Contains more Copper +446.3%
Contains more Zinc +42.7%
Contains more Iron +1244%
Contains more Phosphorus +21.8%
Contains less Sodium -34.5%
Equal in Potassium - 268
Equal in Magnesium - 37

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

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

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Crab Mussel
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 is lower in Cholesterol?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 41mg)
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 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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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.
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

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.