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Horse meat vs Beef - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Horse meat and Beef different?

  • Horse meat is higher in Iron, Vitamin B12, Copper, and Phosphorus, however Beef is richer in Zinc, Selenium, and Monounsaturated Fat.
  • Daily need coverage for Iron from Horse meat is 30% higher.
  • Horse meat contains 2 times more Copper than Beef. While Horse meat contains 0.171mg of Copper, Beef contains only 0.085mg.
  • Horse meat has less Cholesterol.

Game meat, horse, cooked, roasted and Beef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, patty, cooked, broiled are the varieties used 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 Iron +93.5%
Contains more Magnesium +19%
Contains more Phosphorus +24.7%
Contains more Potassium +19.2%
Contains less Sodium -23.6%
Contains more Copper +101.2%
Contains more Calcium +125%
Contains more Zinc +65.2%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 3% 189% 18% 106% 34% 8% 105% 57%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 98% 15% 85% 29% 10% 173% 29%
Contains more Iron +93.5%
Contains more Magnesium +19%
Contains more Phosphorus +24.7%
Contains more Potassium +19.2%
Contains less Sodium -23.6%
Contains more Copper +101.2%
Contains more Calcium +125%
Contains more Zinc +65.2%

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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Beef
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +117.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +19.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +46.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +11.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +15.8%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 7% 25% 28% 91% 0% 77% 0% 396% 0%
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% 12% 41% 101% 40% 89% 7% 331% 3%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +117.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +19.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +46.7%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +11.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +15.8%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Horse meat Beef Opinion
Net carbs 0g 0g
Protein 28.14g 25.93g Horse meat
Fats 6.05g 15.41g Beef
Carbs 0g 0g
Calories 175kcal 250kcal Beef
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g 0g Horse meat
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 8mg 18mg Beef
Iron 5.03mg 2.6mg Horse meat
Magnesium 25mg 21mg Horse meat
Phosphorus 247mg 198mg Horse meat
Potassium 379mg 318mg Horse meat
Sodium 55mg 72mg Horse meat
Zinc 3.82mg 6.31mg Beef
Copper 0.171mg 0.085mg Horse meat
Vitamin A 0IU 9IU Beef
Vitamin E mg 0.12mg Beef
Vitamin D IU 2IU Beef
Vitamin D µg 0µg Beef
Vitamin C 2mg 0mg Horse meat
Vitamin B1 0.1mg 0.046mg Horse meat
Vitamin B2 0.12mg 0.176mg Beef
Vitamin B3 4.84mg 5.378mg Beef
Vitamin B5 mg 0.658mg Beef
Vitamin B6 0.33mg 0.382mg Beef
Folate µg 9µg Beef
Vitamin B12 3.16µg 2.64µg Horse meat
Vitamin K µg 1.2µg Beef
Tryptophan 0.349mg 0.094mg Horse meat
Threonine 1.262mg 0.72mg Horse meat
Isoleucine 1.334mg 0.822mg Horse meat
Leucine 2.232mg 1.45mg Horse meat
Lysine 2.398mg 1.54mg Horse meat
Methionine 0.623mg 0.478mg Horse meat
Phenylalanine 1.157mg 0.725mg Horse meat
Valine 1.458mg 0.914mg Horse meat
Histidine 1.081mg 0.604mg Horse meat
Cholesterol 68mg 88mg Horse meat
Trans Fat g 0.572g Horse meat
Saturated Fat 1.9g 5.895g Horse meat
Monounsaturated Fat 2.12g 6.668g Beef
Polyunsaturated fat 0.85g 0.484g Horse meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Horse meat Beef
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
52
Horse meat
52
Beef
Mineral Summary Score
65
Horse meat
55
Beef

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
169%
Horse meat
156%
Beef
Carbohydrates
0%
Horse meat
0%
Beef
Fats
28%
Horse meat
71%
Beef

Comparison summary

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 - 17mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Horse meat
Horse meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 20mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Horse meat
Horse meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 3.995g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Beef
Beef is relatively richer in vitamins
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.

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. Horse meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175087/nutrients
  2. Beef - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174032/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.