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Ground meat vs Pork - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Ground meat and Pork?

  • Ground meat is higher in Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Iron, yet Pork is higher in Vitamin B1, Selenium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B3.
  • Ground meat's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 75% more.
  • Ground meat has 3 times more Iron than Pork. While Ground meat has 2.27mg of Iron, Pork has only 0.87mg.

We used Beef, ground, 70% lean meat / 30% fat, loaf, cooked, baked and Pork, fresh, loin, whole, separable lean and fat, cooked, broiled 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" chart 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 +160.9%
Contains more Zinc +144.4%
Contains more Magnesium +64.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +48.2%
Contains more Potassium +75.5%
Contains less Sodium -15.1%
Equal in Copper - 0.073
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 10% 86% 13% 72% 22% 10% 160% 27%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 33% 20% 106% 38% 9% 66% 25%
Contains more Calcium +73.7%
Contains more Iron +160.9%
Contains more Zinc +144.4%
Contains more Magnesium +64.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +48.2%
Contains more Potassium +75.5%
Contains less Sodium -15.1%
Equal in Copper - 0.073

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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Pork
Contains more Vitamin A +28.6%
Contains more Folate +40%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +255.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +141.7%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1619.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +87.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +25.1%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +36.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +49.2%
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 1% 6% 39% 2% 220% 75% 95% 42% 108% 4% 88% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +28.6%
Contains more Folate +40%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +255.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +141.7%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1619.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +87.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +25.1%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +36.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +49.2%

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 Pork
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Ground meat Pork Opinion
Net carbs 0g 0g
Protein 23.87g 27.32g Pork
Fats 15.37g 13.92g Ground meat
Carbs 0g 0g
Calories 241kcal 242kcal Pork
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0g 0g
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 33mg 19mg Ground meat
Iron 2.27mg 0.87mg Ground meat
Magnesium 17mg 28mg Pork
Phosphorus 166mg 246mg Pork
Potassium 241mg 423mg Pork
Sodium 73mg 62mg Pork
Zinc 5.84mg 2.39mg Ground meat
Copper 0.079mg 0.073mg Ground meat
Vitamin A 9IU 7IU Ground meat
Vitamin E 0.12mg 0.29mg Pork
Vitamin D 2IU 53IU Pork
Vitamin D 0µg 1.3µg Pork
Vitamin C 0mg 0.6mg Pork
Vitamin B1 0.051mg 0.877mg Pork
Vitamin B2 0.171mg 0.321mg Pork
Vitamin B3 4.026mg 5.037mg Pork
Vitamin B5 0.512mg 0.698mg Pork
Vitamin B6 0.311mg 0.464mg Pork
Folate 7µg 5µg Ground meat
Vitamin B12 2.49µg 0.7µg Ground meat
Vitamin K 2.9µg 0µg Ground meat
Tryptophan 0.121mg 0.338mg Pork
Threonine 0.923mg 1.234mg Pork
Isoleucine 1.055mg 1.26mg Pork
Leucine 1.861mg 2.177mg Pork
Lysine 1.976mg 2.446mg Pork
Methionine 0.614mg 0.712mg Pork
Phenylalanine 0.931mg 1.086mg Pork
Valine 1.172mg 1.473mg Pork
Histidine 0.775mg 1.067mg Pork
Cholesterol 88mg 80mg Pork
Trans Fat 1.173g g Pork
Saturated Fat 6.073g 5.23g Pork
Monounsaturated Fat 7.322g 6.19g Ground meat
Polyunsaturated fat 0.408g 1.2g Pork

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

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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
56
Pork
Mineral Summary Score
49
Ground meat
37
Pork

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
164%
Pork
Carbohydrates
0%
Ground meat
0%
Pork
Fats
71%
Ground meat
64%
Pork

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Pork
Pork contains less Sodium (difference - 11mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Pork
Pork is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 8mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pork
Pork is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.843g)
Which food is cheaper?
Pork
Pork is cheaper (difference - $1.2)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Pork
Pork is relatively richer in vitamins
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.

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. Pork - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167820/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.