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Ground beef vs. Pepperoni — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Important differences between Ground beef and Pepperoni

  • Ground beef has more Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Iron, however, Pepperoni has more Manganese, Vitamin B1, Selenium, Vitamin B5, and Vitamin D.
  • Pepperoni's daily need coverage for Sodium is 66% more.
  • Ground beef has 2 times more Zinc than Pepperoni. Ground beef has 5.84mg of Zinc, while Pepperoni has 2.44mg.
  • Ground beef is lower in Saturated Fat.

The food varieties used in the comparison are Beef, ground, 70% lean meat / 30% fat, loaf, cooked, baked and Pepperoni, beef and pork, sliced.

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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 +73.7%
Contains more Iron +70.7%
Contains less Sodium -95.4%
Contains more Zinc +139.3%
Contains more Potassium +13.7%
Contains more Copper +15.2%
Contains more Manganese +11833.3%
Contains more Selenium +51.8%
Equal in Magnesium - 18
Equal in Phosphorus - 158
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 6% 50% 13% 68% 25% 207% 67% 31% 141% 159%
Contains more Calcium +73.7%
Contains more Iron +70.7%
Contains less Sodium -95.4%
Contains more Zinc +139.3%
Contains more Potassium +13.7%
Contains more Copper +15.2%
Contains more Manganese +11833.3%
Contains more Selenium +51.8%
Equal in Magnesium - 18
Equal in Phosphorus - 158

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 Folate +40%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +91.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +758.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +431.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +50.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +23.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +81.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +16.4%
Contains more Vitamin K +100%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 3% 0% 0% 13% 40% 76% 31% 72% 6% 312% 8%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 21% 39% 0% 68% 60% 94% 56% 84% 4% 163% 15%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Folate +40%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +91.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +758.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +431.4%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +50.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +23.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +81.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +16.4%
Contains more Vitamin K +100%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +24%
Contains more Water +104.4%
Contains more Fats +201.1%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +98.3%
24% 15% 58% 2%
Protein: 23.87 g
Fats: 15.37 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 58.37 g
Other: 2.39 g
19% 46% 29% 5%
Protein: 19.25 g
Fats: 46.28 g
Carbs: 1.18 g
Water: 28.55 g
Other: 4.74 g
Contains more Protein +24%
Contains more Water +104.4%
Contains more Fats +201.1%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +98.3%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -65.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +183.7%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +992.6%
44% 53% 3%
Saturated Fat: 6.073 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 7.322 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.408 g
41% 48% 10%
Saturated Fat: 17.708 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 20.77 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 4.458 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -65.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +183.7%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +992.6%

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 Pepperoni
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Ground beef Pepperoni Opinion
Net carbs 0g 1.18g Pepperoni
Protein 23.87g 19.25g Ground beef
Fats 15.37g 46.28g Pepperoni
Carbs 0g 1.18g Pepperoni
Calories 241kcal 504kcal Pepperoni
Calcium 33mg 19mg Ground beef
Iron 2.27mg 1.33mg Ground beef
Magnesium 17mg 18mg Pepperoni
Phosphorus 166mg 158mg Ground beef
Potassium 241mg 274mg Pepperoni
Sodium 73mg 1582mg Ground beef
Zinc 5.84mg 2.44mg Ground beef
Copper 0.079mg 0.091mg Pepperoni
Manganese 0.009mg 1.074mg Pepperoni
Selenium 19.1µg 29µg Pepperoni
Vitamin A 9IU 0IU Ground beef
Vitamin A RAE 3µg 0µg Ground beef
Vitamin E 0.12mg 1.03mg Pepperoni
Vitamin D 2IU 52IU Pepperoni
Vitamin D 0µg 1.3µg Pepperoni
Vitamin B1 0.051mg 0.271mg Pepperoni
Vitamin B2 0.171mg 0.257mg Pepperoni
Vitamin B3 4.026mg 4.987mg Pepperoni
Vitamin B5 0.512mg 0.93mg Pepperoni
Vitamin B6 0.311mg 0.362mg Pepperoni
Folate 7µg 5µg Ground beef
Vitamin B12 2.49µg 1.3µg Ground beef
Vitamin K 2.9µg 5.8µg Pepperoni
Tryptophan 0.121mg 0.23mg Pepperoni
Threonine 0.923mg 0.869mg Ground beef
Isoleucine 1.055mg 0.901mg Ground beef
Leucine 1.861mg 1.575mg Ground beef
Lysine 1.976mg 1.652mg Ground beef
Methionine 0.614mg 0.511mg Ground beef
Phenylalanine 0.931mg 0.778mg Ground beef
Valine 1.172mg 0.987mg Ground beef
Histidine 0.775mg 0.688mg Ground beef
Cholesterol 88mg 97mg Ground beef
Trans Fat 1.173g 1.527g Ground beef
Saturated Fat 6.073g 17.708g Ground beef
Omega-3 - DHA 0g 0.004g Pepperoni
Omega-3 - EPA 0g 0.004g Pepperoni
Omega-3 - DPA 0g 0.02g Pepperoni
Monounsaturated Fat 7.322g 20.77g Pepperoni
Polyunsaturated fat 0.408g 4.458g Pepperoni
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.136g Pepperoni
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 3.605g Pepperoni
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.008g 0.002g Ground beef
Omega-3 - ALA 0.164g Pepperoni
Omega-3 - Eicosatrienoic acid 0.018g Pepperoni
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0.04g Pepperoni

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

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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
46%
Ground beef
50%
Pepperoni
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
50%
Ground beef
76%
Pepperoni

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in vitamins?
Pepperoni
Pepperoni is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sodium?
Ground beef
Ground beef contains less Sodium (difference - 1509mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Ground beef
Ground beef is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 9mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Ground beef
Ground beef is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 11.635g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Ground beef
Ground beef is lower in glycemic index (difference - 28)
Which food is cheaper?
Ground beef
Ground beef is cheaper (difference - $1)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar (0 g)
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

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 beef - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169474/nutrients
  2. Pepperoni - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174575/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.