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Deer meat vs. Horse meat — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Deer meat and Horse meat different?

  • Deer meat is richer in Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B1, Copper, and Phosphorus, while Horse meat is higher in Iron.
  • Deer meat covers your daily need of Vitamin B2 34% more than Horse meat.
  • Deer meat contains 3 times more Vitamin B1 than Horse meat. Deer meat contains 0.26mg of Vitamin B1, while Horse meat contains 0.1mg.
  • Horse meat is lower in Cholesterol.

Game meat, deer, tenderloin, separable lean only, cooked, broiled and Game meat, horse, cooked, roasted 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Magnesium +32%
Contains more Phosphorus +21.1%
Contains more Potassium +14.5%
Contains more Copper +48.5%
Contains more Calcium +60%
Contains more Iron +18.4%
Contains more Selenium +22.7%
Equal in Sodium - 55
Equal in Zinc - 3.82
Equal in Manganese - 0.022
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 1.5% 159% 24% 128% 38% 7.4% 109% 85% 2.9% 60%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 2.4% 189% 18% 106% 33% 7.2% 104% 57% 2.9% 74%
Contains more Magnesium +32%
Contains more Phosphorus +21.1%
Contains more Potassium +14.5%
Contains more Copper +48.5%
Contains more Calcium +60%
Contains more Iron +18.4%
Contains more Selenium +22.7%
Equal in Sodium - 55
Equal in Zinc - 3.82
Equal in Manganese - 0.022

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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Contains more Vitamin B1 +160%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +369.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +81.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +86.1%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +14.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 12% 0% 0% 65% 130% 165% 51% 142% 6.8% 453% 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 0% 0% 0% 6.7% 25% 28% 91% 0% 76% 0% 395% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +160%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +369.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +81.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +86.1%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +14.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +157.4%
Contains more Other +232.7%
Equal in Protein - 28.14
Equal in Water - 63.98
30% 2% 67%
Protein: 29.9 g
Fats: 2.35 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 67.2 g
Other: 0.55 g
28% 6% 64% 2%
Protein: 28.14 g
Fats: 6.05 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 63.98 g
Other: 1.83 g
Contains more Fats +157.4%
Contains more Other +232.7%
Equal in Protein - 28.14
Equal in Water - 63.98

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -39.9%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +282.7%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +569.3%
63% 30% 7%
Saturated Fat: 1.142 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.554 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.127 g
39% 44% 17%
Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.12 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.85 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -39.9%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +282.7%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +569.3%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Deer meat Horse meat
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Deer meat Horse meat Opinion
Protein 29.9g 28.14g Deer meat
Fats 2.35g 6.05g Horse meat
Calories 149kcal 175kcal Horse meat
Calcium 5mg 8mg Horse meat
Iron 4.25mg 5.03mg Horse meat
Magnesium 33mg 25mg Deer meat
Phosphorus 299mg 247mg Deer meat
Potassium 434mg 379mg Deer meat
Sodium 57mg 55mg Horse meat
Zinc 3.99mg 3.82mg Deer meat
Copper 0.254mg 0.171mg Deer meat
Manganese 0.022mg 0.022mg
Selenium 11µg 13.5µg Horse meat
Vitamin E 0.62mg Deer meat
Vitamin C 0mg 2mg Horse meat
Vitamin B1 0.26mg 0.1mg Deer meat
Vitamin B2 0.563mg 0.12mg Deer meat
Vitamin B3 8.78mg 4.84mg Deer meat
Vitamin B5 0.856mg Deer meat
Vitamin B6 0.614mg 0.33mg Deer meat
Folate 9µg Deer meat
Vitamin B12 3.62µg 3.16µg Deer meat
Tryptophan 0.266mg 0.349mg Horse meat
Threonine 1.133mg 1.262mg Horse meat
Isoleucine 1.287mg 1.334mg Horse meat
Leucine 2.28mg 2.232mg Deer meat
Lysine 2.434mg 2.398mg Deer meat
Methionine 0.7mg 0.623mg Deer meat
Phenylalanine 1.133mg 1.157mg Horse meat
Valine 1.455mg 1.458mg Horse meat
Histidine 0.895mg 1.081mg Horse meat
Cholesterol 88mg 68mg Horse meat
Saturated Fat 1.142g 1.9g Deer meat
Monounsaturated Fat 0.554g 2.12g Horse meat
Polyunsaturated fat 0.127g 0.85g Horse meat
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.001g Deer meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Deer meat Horse meat
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet Equal
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
79%
Deer meat
48%
Horse meat
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
61%
Deer meat
59%
Horse meat

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Horse meat
Horse meat is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Horse meat
Horse meat contains less Sodium (difference - 2mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Horse meat
Horse meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 20mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Deer meat
Deer meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.758g)
Which food is cheaper?
Deer meat
Deer meat is cheaper (difference - $2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Deer meat
Deer meat is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Deer meat
Deer meat is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)

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. Deer meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174430/nutrients
  2. Horse meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175087/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.