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Fast food vs. Hamburger — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Fast food and Hamburger?

  • Fast food is higher in Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, Manganese, Folate, and Polyunsaturated fat, yet Hamburger is higher in Vitamin B12.
  • Hamburger's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 23% more.
  • Fast food has 4 times more Polyunsaturated fat than Hamburger. While Fast food has 1.68g of Polyunsaturated fat, Hamburger has only 0.38g.

We used Fast foods, hamburger; single, regular patty; plain and Fast foods, hamburger; double, regular, patty; plain types 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 +35%
Contains less Sodium -20%
Contains more Copper +33%
Contains more Manganese +64.5%
Contains more Calcium +64.5%
Contains more Potassium +14.7%
Contains more Zinc +13.9%
Equal in Iron - 2.88
Equal in Phosphorus - 136
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 19% 115% 20% 58% 18% 44% 69% 41% 47% 111%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 31% 108% 15% 59% 20% 54% 79% 31% 29% 0%
Contains more Magnesium +35%
Contains less Sodium -20%
Contains more Copper +33%
Contains more Manganese +64.5%
Contains more Calcium +64.5%
Contains more Potassium +14.7%
Contains more Zinc +13.9%
Equal in Iron - 2.88
Equal in Phosphorus - 136

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 A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +46.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +45.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +71%
Contains more Folate +42.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +61.8%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 5.365
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.203
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 4% 8% 3% 0% 80% 84% 106% 32% 49% 60% 112% 19% 13%
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% 0% 55% 58% 101% 19% 47% 43% 180% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +46.1%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +45.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +71%
Contains more Folate +42.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +61.8%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 5.365
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.203

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Carbs +30.7%
Contains more Fats +19.6%
Contains more Water +11%
Contains more Other +17.8%
Equal in Protein - 17.08
17% 12% 32% 38%
Protein: 16.52 g
Fats: 12.01 g
Carbs: 31.5 g
Water: 38.45 g
Other: 1.52 g
17% 14% 24% 43% 2%
Protein: 17.08 g
Fats: 14.36 g
Carbs: 24.1 g
Water: 42.67 g
Other: 1.79 g
Contains more Carbs +30.7%
Contains more Fats +19.6%
Contains more Water +11%
Contains more Other +17.8%
Equal in Protein - 17.08

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -11.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +342.1%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +13.7%
41% 44% 15%
Saturated Fat: 4.493 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 4.835 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.68 g
46% 50% 3%
Saturated Fat: 5.096 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 5.495 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.38 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -11.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +342.1%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +13.7%

Carbohydrate type comparison

Carbohydrate type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Starch +∞%
Contains more Glucose +76.7%
Contains more Fructose +11.8%
Contains more Sucrose +∞%
Contains more Lactose +∞%
Equal in Maltose - 0.6
82% 7% 8% 2%
Starch: 22.87 g
Sucrose: 0 g
Glucose: 2.05 g
Fructose: 2.27 g
Lactose: 0 g
Maltose: 0.57 g
Galactose: 0 g
5% 28% 49% 3% 14%
Starch: 0 g
Sucrose: 0.22 g
Glucose: 1.16 g
Fructose: 2.03 g
Lactose: 0.13 g
Maltose: 0.6 g
Galactose: 0 g
Contains more Starch +∞%
Contains more Glucose +76.7%
Contains more Fructose +11.8%
Contains more Sucrose +∞%
Contains more Lactose +∞%
Equal in Maltose - 0.6

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Fast food Hamburger Opinion
Net carbs 29.8g 23.2g Fast food
Protein 16.52g 17.08g Hamburger
Fats 12.01g 14.36g Hamburger
Carbs 31.5g 24.1g Fast food
Calories 297kcal 295kcal Fast food
Starch 22.87g Fast food
Fructose 2.27g 2.03g Fast food
Sugar 4.88g 4.15g Hamburger
Fiber 1.7g 0.9g Fast food
Calcium 62mg 102mg Hamburger
Iron 3.06mg 2.88mg Fast food
Magnesium 27mg 20mg Fast food
Phosphorus 134mg 136mg Hamburger
Potassium 197mg 226mg Hamburger
Sodium 331mg 414mg Fast food
Zinc 2.52mg 2.87mg Hamburger
Copper 0.121mg 0.091mg Fast food
Manganese 0.357mg 0.217mg Fast food
Selenium 20.3µg Fast food
Vitamin A 51IU 0IU Fast food
Vitamin A RAE 9µg 0µg Fast food
Vitamin E 0.38mg Fast food
Vitamin D 2IU Fast food
Vitamin D 0.1µg Fast food
Vitamin B1 0.317mg 0.217mg Fast food
Vitamin B2 0.363mg 0.25mg Fast food
Vitamin B3 5.617mg 5.365mg Fast food
Vitamin B5 0.53mg 0.31mg Fast food
Vitamin B6 0.212mg 0.203mg Fast food
Folate 80µg 56µg Fast food
Vitamin B12 0.89µg 1.44µg Hamburger
Choline 34.4mg Fast food
Vitamin K 4.9µg Fast food
Tryptophan 0.144mg 0.206mg Hamburger
Threonine 0.46mg 0.666mg Hamburger
Isoleucine 0.642mg 0.716mg Hamburger
Leucine 1.13mg 1.319mg Hamburger
Lysine 0.785mg 1.226mg Hamburger
Methionine 0.306mg 0.37mg Hamburger
Phenylalanine 0.67mg 0.677mg Hamburger
Valine 0.728mg 0.823mg Hamburger
Histidine 0.402mg 0.505mg Hamburger
Cholesterol 33mg 47mg Fast food
Trans Fat 0.514g 0.814g Fast food
Saturated Fat 4.493g 5.096g Fast food
Omega-3 - DHA 0.001g Fast food
Omega-3 - EPA 0.005g Fast food
Omega-3 - DPA 0.009g Fast food
Monounsaturated Fat 4.835g 5.495g Hamburger
Polyunsaturated fat 1.68g 0.38g Fast food
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.003g Fast food
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 1.391g Fast food
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.004g Fast food
Omega-3 - ALA 0.121g Fast food
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0.009g Fast food

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Fast food Hamburger
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
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
43%
Fast food
38%
Hamburger
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
54%
Fast food
42%
Hamburger

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Hamburger
Hamburger is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.73g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Fast food
Fast food contains less Sodium (difference - 83mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Fast food
Fast food is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 14mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Fast food
Fast food is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.603g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Fast food
Fast food is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (66)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($)
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.

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. Fast food - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170693/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.