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Jerky vs Beef - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Significant differences between Jerky and Beef

  • Jerky has more Iron, Folate, Phosphorus, Zinc and Copper, however Beef is richer in Vitamin B12, Vitamin B3 and Selenium.
  • Jerky covers your daily Sodium needs 87% more than Beef.
  • Beef has 15 times less Folate than Jerky. Jerky has 134µg of Folate, while Beef has 9µg.
  • Beef contains less Sodium.

Specific food types used in this comparison are Snacks, beef jerky, chopped and formed and Beef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, patty, cooked, broiled.

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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
Jerky
7
:
1
Beef
Contains more Iron +108.5%
Contains more Calcium +11.1%
Contains more Potassium +87.7%
Contains more Magnesium +142.9%
Contains more Copper +167.1%
Contains more Zinc +28.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +105.6%
Contains less Sodium -96.5%
Equal in Calcium - 18
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 204% 6% 53% 37% 76% 222% 175% 272%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 98% 6% 29% 15% 29% 173% 85% 10%
Contains more Iron +108.5%
Contains more Calcium +11.1%
Contains more Potassium +87.7%
Contains more Magnesium +142.9%
Contains more Copper +167.1%
Contains more Zinc +28.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +105.6%
Contains less Sodium -96.5%
Equal in Calcium - 18

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
Jerky
5
:
6
Beef
Contains more Vitamin E +308.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +234.8%
Contains more Vitamin K +91.7%
Contains more Folate +1388.9%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +23.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +210.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +303.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +113.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +166.7%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 10% 9% 39% 33% 33% 10% 42% 124% 6% 101%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 1% 3% 0% 12% 41% 101% 40% 89% 331% 3% 7%
Contains more Vitamin E +308.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +234.8%
Contains more Vitamin K +91.7%
Contains more Folate +1388.9%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +23.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +210.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +303.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +113.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +166.7%

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils human daily needs, the more the summary score is
Vitamin Summary Score
34
Jerky
52
Beef
Mineral Summary Score
130
Jerky
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 the food
Protein
199%
Jerky
156%
Beef
Carbohydrates
11%
Jerky
0%
Beef
Fats
118%
Jerky
71%
Beef

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Jerky Beef
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sugars ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Jerky Beef
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Jerky
Jerky is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Jerky
Jerky is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 40mg)
Which food contains less Sugars?
Beef
Beef contains less Sugars (difference - 9g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Beef
Beef contains less Sodium (difference - 2009mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Beef
Beef is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.955g)
Which food is cheaper?
Beef
Beef is cheaper (difference - $2)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
?
The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
?
It cannot be definitely stated which food is richer in vitamins. See charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Jerky Beef Opinion
Calories 410 250 Jerky
Protein 33.2 25.93 Jerky
Fats 25.6 15.41 Jerky
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 11 0 Jerky
Cholesterol 48 88 Jerky
Vitamin D 11 2 Jerky
Iron 5.42 2.6 Jerky
Calcium 20 18 Jerky
Potassium 597 318 Jerky
Magnesium 51 21 Jerky
Sugars 9 0 Beef
Fiber 1.8 0 Jerky
Copper 0.227 0.085 Jerky
Zinc 8.11 6.31 Jerky
Starch
Phosphorus 407 198 Jerky
Sodium 2081 72 Beef
Vitamin A 0 9 Beef
Vitamin E 0.49 0.12 Jerky
Vitamin D 0.3 0 Jerky
Vitamin B1 0.154 0.046 Jerky
Vitamin B2 0.142 0.176 Beef
Vitamin B3 1.732 5.378 Beef
Vitamin B5 0.163 0.658 Beef
Vitamin B6 0.179 0.382 Beef
Vitamin B12 0.99 2.64 Beef
Vitamin K 2.3 1.2 Jerky
Folate 134 9 Jerky
Trans Fat 0.572 Jerky
Saturated Fat 10.85 5.895 Beef
Monounsaturated Fat 11.305 6.668 Jerky
Polyunsaturated fat 1.011 0.484 Jerky
Tryptophan 0.094 Beef
Threonine 0.72 Beef
Isoleucine 0.822 Beef
Leucine 1.45 Beef
Lysine 1.54 Beef
Methionine 0.478 Beef
Phenylalanine 0.725 Beef
Valine 0.914 Beef
Histidine 0.604 Beef
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References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented seperately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links of the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Jerky - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167536/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.