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Ground meat vs Horse meat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Ground meat and Horse meat?

  • Ground meat is richer in Zinc, and Selenium, yet Horse meat is richer in Iron, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Copper, and Vitamin B3.
  • Horse meat's daily need coverage for Iron is 35% higher.
  • Ground meat has 3 times more Saturated Fat than Horse meat. Ground meat has 6.073g of Saturated Fat, while Horse meat has 1.9g.

We used Beef, ground, 70% lean meat / 30% fat, loaf, cooked, baked and Game meat, horse, cooked, roasted 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
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Contains more Calcium +312.5%
Contains more Zinc +52.9%
Contains more Iron +121.6%
Contains more Potassium +57.3%
Contains more Magnesium +47.1%
Contains more Copper +116.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +48.8%
Contains less Sodium -24.7%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 86% 10% 22% 13% 27% 160% 72% 10%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 189% 3% 34% 18% 57% 105% 106% 8%
Contains more Calcium +312.5%
Contains more Zinc +52.9%
Contains more Iron +121.6%
Contains more Potassium +57.3%
Contains more Magnesium +47.1%
Contains more Copper +116.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +48.8%
Contains less Sodium -24.7%

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 A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +42.5%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +96.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +20.2%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +26.9%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.33
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 7% 0% 0% 0% 25% 28% 91% 0% 77% 396% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +42.5%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +96.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +20.2%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +26.9%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.33

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
46
Ground meat
52
Horse meat
Mineral Summary Score
49
Ground meat
65
Horse 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 food.
Protein
143%
Ground meat
169%
Horse meat
Carbohydrates
0%
Ground meat
0%
Horse meat
Fats
71%
Ground meat
28%
Horse meat

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

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Ground meat Horse 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 is lower in Cholesterol?
Horse meat
Horse meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 20mg)
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 - 18mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Horse meat
Horse meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.173g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($2)
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 Ground meat Horse meat Opinion
Calories 241 175 Ground meat
Protein 23.87 28.14 Horse meat
Fats 15.37 6.05 Ground meat
Vitamin C 0 2 Horse meat
Carbs 0 0
Cholesterol 88 68 Horse meat
Vitamin D 2 Ground meat
Iron 2.27 5.03 Horse meat
Calcium 33 8 Ground meat
Potassium 241 379 Horse meat
Magnesium 17 25 Horse meat
Sugar 0 Horse meat
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.079 0.171 Horse meat
Zinc 5.84 3.82 Ground meat
Starch
Phosphorus 166 247 Horse meat
Sodium 73 55 Horse meat
Vitamin A 9 0 Ground meat
Vitamin E 0.12 Ground meat
Vitamin D 0 Ground meat
Vitamin B1 0.051 0.1 Horse meat
Vitamin B2 0.171 0.12 Ground meat
Vitamin B3 4.026 4.84 Horse meat
Vitamin B5 0.512 Ground meat
Vitamin B6 0.311 0.33 Horse meat
Vitamin B12 2.49 3.16 Horse meat
Vitamin K 2.9 Ground meat
Folate 7 Ground meat
Trans Fat 1.173 Horse meat
Saturated Fat 6.073 1.9 Horse meat
Monounsaturated Fat 7.322 2.12 Ground meat
Polyunsaturated fat 0.408 0.85 Horse meat
Tryptophan 0.121 0.349 Horse meat
Threonine 0.923 1.262 Horse meat
Isoleucine 1.055 1.334 Horse meat
Leucine 1.861 2.232 Horse meat
Lysine 1.976 2.398 Horse meat
Methionine 0.614 0.623 Horse meat
Phenylalanine 0.931 1.157 Horse meat
Valine 1.172 1.458 Horse meat
Histidine 0.775 1.081 Horse 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 to 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. 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.