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Ground beef vs. Pork Meat — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Ground beef and Pork Meat?

  • Ground beef is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Iron, yet Pork Meat is richer in Vitamin B1, Selenium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, and Phosphorus.
  • Ground beef's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 80% higher.
  • Ground beef has 5 times more Saturated Fat than Pork Meat. Ground beef has 6.073g of Saturated Fat, while Pork Meat has 1.198g.

We used Beef, ground, 70% lean meat / 30% fat, loaf, cooked, baked and Pork, fresh, loin, tenderloin, separable lean only, 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Calcium +450%
Contains more Iron +97.4%
Contains more Zinc +141.3%
Contains more Magnesium +70.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +60.8%
Contains more Potassium +74.7%
Contains less Sodium -21.9%
Contains more Copper +40.5%
Contains more Manganese +44.4%
Contains more Selenium +100%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 10% 86% 13% 72% 22% 10% 160% 27% 2% 105%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 2% 44% 21% 115% 38% 8% 66% 37% 2% 209%
Contains more Calcium +450%
Contains more Iron +97.4%
Contains more Zinc +141.3%
Contains more Magnesium +70.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +60.8%
Contains more Potassium +74.7%
Contains less Sodium -21.9%
Contains more Copper +40.5%
Contains more Manganese +44.4%
Contains more Selenium +100%

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 E +50%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +336.8%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1762.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +126.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +84.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +97.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +137.6%
Contains more Choline +21.4%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 1% 3% 0% 0% 13% 40% 76% 31% 72% 6% 312% 40% 8%
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% 2% 6% 0% 238% 90% 140% 61% 171% 0% 72% 49% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +50%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +336.8%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1762.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +126.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +84.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +97.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +137.6%
Contains more Choline +21.4%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +337.9%
Contains more Other +174.7%
Contains more Water +19%
Equal in Protein - 26.17
24% 15% 58% 2%
Protein: 23.87 g
Fats: 15.37 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 58.37 g
Other: 2.39 g
26% 4% 69%
Protein: 26.17 g
Fats: 3.51 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 69.45 g
Other: 0.87 g
Contains more Fats +337.9%
Contains more Other +174.7%
Contains more Water +19%
Equal in Protein - 26.17

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +448.9%
Contains less Saturated Fat -80.3%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +24%
44% 53% 3%
Saturated Fat: 6.073 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 7.322 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.408 g
39% 44% 17%
Saturated Fat: 1.198 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.334 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.506 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +448.9%
Contains less Saturated Fat -80.3%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +24%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Ground beef Pork Meat Opinion
Protein 23.87g 26.17g Pork Meat
Fats 15.37g 3.51g Ground beef
Calories 241kcal 143kcal Ground beef
Calcium 33mg 6mg Ground beef
Iron 2.27mg 1.15mg Ground beef
Magnesium 17mg 29mg Pork Meat
Phosphorus 166mg 267mg Pork Meat
Potassium 241mg 421mg Pork Meat
Sodium 73mg 57mg Pork Meat
Zinc 5.84mg 2.42mg Ground beef
Copper 0.079mg 0.111mg Pork Meat
Manganese 0.009mg 0.013mg Pork Meat
Selenium 19.1µg 38.2µg Pork Meat
Vitamin A 9IU 0IU Ground beef
Vitamin A RAE 3µg 0µg Ground beef
Vitamin E 0.12mg 0.08mg Ground beef
Vitamin D 2IU 10IU Pork Meat
Vitamin D 0µg 0.2µg Pork Meat
Vitamin B1 0.051mg 0.95mg Pork Meat
Vitamin B2 0.171mg 0.387mg Pork Meat
Vitamin B3 4.026mg 7.432mg Pork Meat
Vitamin B5 0.512mg 1.012mg Pork Meat
Vitamin B6 0.311mg 0.739mg Pork Meat
Folate 7µg 0µg Ground beef
Vitamin B12 2.49µg 0.57µg Ground beef
Choline 73.2mg 88.9mg Pork Meat
Vitamin K 2.9µg 0µg Ground beef
Tryptophan 0.121mg 0.275mg Pork Meat
Threonine 0.923mg 1.175mg Pork Meat
Isoleucine 1.055mg 1.288mg Pork Meat
Leucine 1.861mg 2.229mg Pork Meat
Lysine 1.976mg 2.427mg Pork Meat
Methionine 0.614mg 0.721mg Pork Meat
Phenylalanine 0.931mg 1.1mg Pork Meat
Valine 1.172mg 1.367mg Pork Meat
Histidine 0.775mg 1.13mg Pork Meat
Cholesterol 88mg 73mg Pork Meat
Trans Fat 1.173g 0.033g Pork Meat
Saturated Fat 6.073g 1.198g Pork Meat
Monounsaturated Fat 7.322g 1.334g Ground beef
Polyunsaturated fat 0.408g 0.506g Pork Meat
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.013g Pork Meat
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 0.411g Pork Meat
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.008g 0g Ground beef
Omega-3 - ALA 0.013g Pork Meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Ground beef Pork Meat
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet Equal
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet Equal

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
46%
Ground beef
63%
Pork Meat
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
50%
Ground beef
54%
Pork Meat

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Pork Meat
Pork Meat contains less Sodium (difference - 16mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Pork Meat
Pork Meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 15mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pork Meat
Pork Meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.875g)
Which food is cheaper?
Pork Meat
Pork Meat is cheaper (difference - $1.5)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar (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 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.

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. Ground beef - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169474/nutrients
  2. Pork Meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168250/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.