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Ground meat vs Chicken meat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Ground meat and Chicken meat

  • Ground meat is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc and Iron, yet Chicken meat is richer in Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Selenium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin A.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 from Ground meat is 91% higher.
  • Ground meat contains 3 times more Zinc than Chicken meat. Ground meat contains 5.84mg of Zinc, while Chicken meat contains 1.94mg.
  • Chicken meat contains less Saturated Fat.

Food types used in this article are Beef, ground, 70% lean meat / 30% fat, loaf, cooked, baked and Chicken, broilers or fryers, meat and skin, cooked, roasted.

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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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Contains more Iron +80.2%
Contains more Calcium +120%
Contains more Copper +19.7%
Contains more Zinc +201%
Contains less Sodium -11%
Contains more Magnesium +35.3%
Equal in Potassium - 223
Equal in Phosphorus - 182
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 86% 10% 22% 13% 27% 160% 72% 10%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 48% 5% 20% 17% 22% 53% 78% 11%
Contains more Iron +80.2%
Contains more Calcium +120%
Contains more Copper +19.7%
Contains more Zinc +201%
Contains less Sodium -11%
Contains more Magnesium +35.3%
Equal in Potassium - 223
Equal in Phosphorus - 182

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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Contains more Vitamin B12 +730%
Contains more Vitamin K +20.8%
Contains more Folate +40%
Contains more Vitamin A +1688.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +125%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +23.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +110.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +101.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +28.6%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.168
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 1% 3% 0% 13% 40% 76% 31% 72% 312% 8% 6%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 10% 6% 0% 16% 39% 160% 62% 93% 38% 6% 4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +730%
Contains more Vitamin K +20.8%
Contains more Folate +40%
Contains more Vitamin A +1688.9%
Contains more Vitamin E +125%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +23.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +110.8%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +101.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +28.6%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.168

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
46
Ground meat
36
Chicken meat
Mineral Summary Score
49
Ground meat
31
Chicken meat

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
143%
Ground meat
164%
Chicken meat
Carbohydrates
0%
Ground meat
0%
Chicken meat
Fats
71%
Ground meat
63%
Chicken meat

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.
Ground meat Chicken meat
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Sugars Equal
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Ground meat Chicken meat
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet Equal
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Ground meat
Ground meat contains less Sodium (difference - 9mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 2.283g)
Which food is cheaper?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat is cheaper (difference - $1)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (88 mg)
Which food contains less Sugars?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugars (0 g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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It cannot be definitely stated which food is richer in minerals. See charts below for detailed information.
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be definitely stated which food is richer in vitamins. See charts below for detailed information.

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 Ground meat Chicken meat Opinion
Calories 241 239 Ground meat
Protein 23.87 27.3 Chicken meat
Fats 15.37 13.6 Ground meat
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 0 0
Cholesterol 88 88
Vitamin D 2 2
Iron 2.27 1.26 Ground meat
Calcium 33 15 Ground meat
Potassium 241 223 Ground meat
Magnesium 17 23 Chicken meat
Sugars 0 0
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.079 0.066 Ground meat
Zinc 5.84 1.94 Ground meat
Starch
Phosphorus 166 182 Chicken meat
Sodium 73 82 Ground meat
Vitamin A 9 161 Chicken meat
Vitamin E 0.12 0.27 Chicken meat
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.051 0.063 Chicken meat
Vitamin B2 0.171 0.168 Ground meat
Vitamin B3 4.026 8.487 Chicken meat
Vitamin B5 0.512 1.03 Chicken meat
Vitamin B6 0.311 0.4 Chicken meat
Vitamin B12 2.49 0.3 Ground meat
Vitamin K 2.9 2.4 Ground meat
Folate 7 5 Ground meat
Trans Fat 1.173 Chicken meat
Saturated Fat 6.073 3.79 Chicken meat
Monounsaturated Fat 7.322 5.34 Ground meat
Polyunsaturated fat 0.408 2.97 Chicken meat
Tryptophan 0.121 0.305 Chicken meat
Threonine 0.923 1.128 Chicken meat
Isoleucine 1.055 1.362 Chicken meat
Leucine 1.861 1.986 Chicken meat
Lysine 1.976 2.223 Chicken meat
Methionine 0.614 0.726 Chicken meat
Phenylalanine 0.931 1.061 Chicken meat
Valine 1.172 1.325 Chicken meat
Histidine 0.775 0.802 Chicken 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. Ground meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169474/nutrients
  2. Chicken meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171450/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.