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Lamb vs. Horse meat — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Summary of differences between Lamb and Horse meat

  • Lamb has more Selenium, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, and Zinc, while Horse meat has more Iron, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, and Phosphorus.
  • Horse meat covers your daily need of Iron 39% more than Lamb.
  • Lamb contains 5 times more Saturated Fat than Horse meat. While Lamb contains 8.83g of Saturated Fat, Horse meat contains only 1.9g.

These are the specific foods used in this comparison Lamb, domestic, composite of trimmed retail cuts, separable lean and fat, trimmed to 1/4" fat, choice, cooked and Game meat, horse, cooked, roasted.

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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 +112.5%
Contains more Zinc +16.8%
Contains more Selenium +95.6%
Contains more Iron +167.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +31.4%
Contains more Potassium +22.3%
Contains less Sodium -23.6%
Contains more Copper +43.7%
Equal in Magnesium - 25
Equal in Manganese - 0.022
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 71% 17% 81% 28% 10% 122% 40% 3% 144%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 3% 189% 18% 106% 34% 8% 105% 57% 3% 74%
Contains more Calcium +112.5%
Contains more Zinc +16.8%
Contains more Selenium +95.6%
Contains more Iron +167.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +31.4%
Contains more Potassium +22.3%
Contains less Sodium -23.6%
Contains more Copper +43.7%
Equal in Magnesium - 25
Equal in Manganese - 0.022

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.
Lamb
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Contains more Vitamin B2 +108.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +37.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +153.8%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +23.9%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.1
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 3% 3% 0% 25% 58% 125% 40% 30% 14% 319% 52% 12%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 7% 25% 28% 91% 0% 77% 0% 396% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +108.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +37.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +153.8%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +23.9%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.1

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +246.1%
Contains more Protein +14.8%
Contains more Water +19.1%
Contains more Other +123.2%
25% 21% 54%
Protein: 24.52 g
Fats: 20.94 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 53.72 g
Other: 0.82 g
28% 6% 64% 2%
Protein: 28.14 g
Fats: 6.05 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 63.98 g
Other: 1.83 g
Contains more Fats +246.1%
Contains more Protein +14.8%
Contains more Water +19.1%
Contains more Other +123.2%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +316%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +77.6%
Contains less Saturated Fat -78.5%
46% 46% 8%
Saturated Fat: 8.83 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 8.82 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.51 g
39% 44% 17%
Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.12 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.85 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +316%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +77.6%
Contains less Saturated Fat -78.5%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Lamb Horse meat
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Lamb Horse meat Opinion
Protein 24.52g 28.14g Horse meat
Fats 20.94g 6.05g Lamb
Calories 294kcal 175kcal Lamb
Calcium 17mg 8mg Lamb
Iron 1.88mg 5.03mg Horse meat
Magnesium 23mg 25mg Horse meat
Phosphorus 188mg 247mg Horse meat
Potassium 310mg 379mg Horse meat
Sodium 72mg 55mg Horse meat
Zinc 4.46mg 3.82mg Lamb
Copper 0.119mg 0.171mg Horse meat
Manganese 0.022mg 0.022mg
Selenium 26.4µg 13.5µg Lamb
Vitamin E 0.14mg Lamb
Vitamin D 2IU Lamb
Vitamin D 0.1µg Lamb
Vitamin C 0mg 2mg Horse meat
Vitamin B1 0.1mg 0.1mg
Vitamin B2 0.25mg 0.12mg Lamb
Vitamin B3 6.66mg 4.84mg Lamb
Vitamin B5 0.66mg Lamb
Vitamin B6 0.13mg 0.33mg Horse meat
Folate 18µg Lamb
Vitamin B12 2.55µg 3.16µg Horse meat
Choline 93.7mg Lamb
Vitamin K 4.6µg Lamb
Tryptophan 0.287mg 0.349mg Horse meat
Threonine 1.05mg 1.262mg Horse meat
Isoleucine 1.183mg 1.334mg Horse meat
Leucine 1.908mg 2.232mg Horse meat
Lysine 2.166mg 2.398mg Horse meat
Methionine 0.629mg 0.623mg Lamb
Phenylalanine 0.998mg 1.157mg Horse meat
Valine 1.323mg 1.458mg Horse meat
Histidine 0.777mg 1.081mg Horse meat
Cholesterol 97mg 68mg Horse meat
Saturated Fat 8.83g 1.9g Horse meat
Monounsaturated Fat 8.82g 2.12g Lamb
Polyunsaturated fat 1.51g 0.85g Lamb

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Lamb Horse meat
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
52%
Lamb
48%
Horse meat
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
52%
Lamb
59%
Horse meat

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in vitamins?
Lamb
Lamb is relatively richer in vitamins
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 - 29mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Horse meat
Horse meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 6.93g)
Which food is cheaper?
Horse meat
Horse meat is cheaper (difference - $0.3)
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. Lamb - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172480/nutrients
  2. Horse meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175087/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.