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Ground beef vs. Pork — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Ground beef and Pork?

  • Ground beef 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 beef's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 75% more.
  • Ground beef has 3 times more Iron than Pork. While Ground beef 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" 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 +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%
Contains more Selenium +137.2%
Equal in Copper - 0.073
Equal in Manganese - 0.009
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% 33% 20% 106% 38% 9% 66% 25% 2% 248%
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%
Contains more Selenium +137.2%
Equal in Copper - 0.073
Equal in Manganese - 0.009

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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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%
Contains more Choline +28.3%
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 1% 6% 39% 2% 220% 75% 95% 42% 108% 4% 88% 52% 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%
Contains more Choline +28.3%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +10.4%
Contains more Other +168.5%
Contains more Protein +14.5%
Equal in Fats - 13.92
Equal in Water - 57.87
24% 15% 58% 2%
Protein: 23.87 g
Fats: 15.37 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 58.37 g
Other: 2.39 g
27% 14% 58%
Protein: 27.32 g
Fats: 13.92 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 57.87 g
Other: 0.89 g
Contains more Fats +10.4%
Contains more Other +168.5%
Contains more Protein +14.5%
Equal in Fats - 13.92
Equal in Water - 57.87

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +18.3%
Contains less Saturated Fat -13.9%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +194.1%
44% 53% 3%
Saturated Fat: 6.073 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 7.322 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.408 g
41% 49% 10%
Saturated Fat: 5.23 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 6.19 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +18.3%
Contains less Saturated Fat -13.9%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +194.1%

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
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 beef Pork Opinion
Protein 23.87g 27.32g Pork
Fats 15.37g 13.92g Ground beef
Calories 241kcal 242kcal Pork
Calcium 33mg 19mg Ground beef
Iron 2.27mg 0.87mg Ground beef
Magnesium 17mg 28mg Pork
Phosphorus 166mg 246mg Pork
Potassium 241mg 423mg Pork
Sodium 73mg 62mg Pork
Zinc 5.84mg 2.39mg Ground beef
Copper 0.079mg 0.073mg Ground beef
Manganese 0.009mg 0.009mg
Selenium 19.1µg 45.3µg Pork
Vitamin A 9IU 7IU Ground beef
Vitamin A RAE 3µg 2µg Ground beef
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 beef
Vitamin B12 2.49µg 0.7µg Ground beef
Choline 73.2mg 93.9mg Pork
Vitamin K 2.9µg 0µg Ground beef
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 Pork
Saturated Fat 6.073g 5.23g Pork
Monounsaturated Fat 7.322g 6.19g Ground beef
Polyunsaturated fat 0.408g 1.2g Pork
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.008g Ground beef

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

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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
56%
Pork
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
50%
Ground beef
55%
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

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 - 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.