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Lamb vs. Meat — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Summary of differences between Lamb and Meat

  • Lamb has more Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Iron, while Meat has more Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Selenium, Phosphorus, and Vitamin B2.
  • Lamb covers your daily need of Vitamin B12 83% more than Meat.
  • Lamb contains 7 times more Saturated Fat than Meat. While Lamb contains 8.83g of Saturated Fat, Meat contains only 1.198g.

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 Pork, fresh, loin, tenderloin, separable lean only, 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.
Lamb
5
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5
Meat
Contains more Calcium +183.3%
Contains more Iron +63.5%
Contains more Zinc +84.3%
Contains more Manganese +69.2%
Contains more Magnesium +26.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +42%
Contains more Potassium +35.8%
Contains less Sodium -20.8%
Contains more Selenium +44.7%
Equal in Copper - 0.111
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 2% 44% 21% 115% 38% 8% 66% 37% 2% 209%
Contains more Calcium +183.3%
Contains more Iron +63.5%
Contains more Zinc +84.3%
Contains more Manganese +69.2%
Contains more Magnesium +26.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +42%
Contains more Potassium +35.8%
Contains less Sodium -20.8%
Contains more Selenium +44.7%
Equal in Copper - 0.111

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
4
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6
Meat
Contains more Vitamin E +75%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +347.4%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +850%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +54.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +11.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +53.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +468.5%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 3% 3% 0% 25% 58% 125% 40% 30% 14% 319% 12%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 2% 6% 0% 238% 90% 140% 61% 171% 0% 72% 0%
Contains more Vitamin E +75%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +347.4%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +850%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +54.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +11.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +53.3%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +468.5%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Lamb
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3
Meat
Contains more Fats +496.6%
Contains more Water +29.3%
Equal in Protein - 26.17
Equal in Other - 0.87
25% 21% 54%
Protein: 24.52 g
Fats: 20.94 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 53.72 g
Other: 0.82 g
26% 4% 69%
Protein: 26.17 g
Fats: 3.51 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 69.45 g
Other: 0.87 g
Contains more Fats +496.6%
Contains more Water +29.3%
Equal in Protein - 26.17
Equal in Other - 0.87

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Lamb
2
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1
Meat
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +561.2%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +198.4%
Contains less Saturated Fat -86.4%
46% 46% 8%
Saturated Fat: 8.83 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 8.82 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.51 g
39% 44% 17%
Saturated Fat: 1.198 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.334 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.506 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +561.2%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +198.4%
Contains less Saturated Fat -86.4%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Lamb Meat Opinion
Protein 24.52g 26.17g Meat
Fats 20.94g 3.51g Lamb
Calories 294kcal 143kcal Lamb
Calcium 17mg 6mg Lamb
Iron 1.88mg 1.15mg Lamb
Magnesium 23mg 29mg Meat
Phosphorus 188mg 267mg Meat
Potassium 310mg 421mg Meat
Sodium 72mg 57mg Meat
Zinc 4.46mg 2.42mg Lamb
Copper 0.119mg 0.111mg Lamb
Manganese 0.022mg 0.013mg Lamb
Selenium 26.4µg 38.2µg Meat
Vitamin E 0.14mg 0.08mg Lamb
Vitamin D 2IU 10IU Meat
Vitamin D 0.1µg 0.2µg Meat
Vitamin B1 0.1mg 0.95mg Meat
Vitamin B2 0.25mg 0.387mg Meat
Vitamin B3 6.66mg 7.432mg Meat
Vitamin B5 0.66mg 1.012mg Meat
Vitamin B6 0.13mg 0.739mg Meat
Folate 18µg 0µg Lamb
Vitamin B12 2.55µg 0.57µg Lamb
Vitamin K 4.6µg 0µg Lamb
Tryptophan 0.287mg 0.275mg Lamb
Threonine 1.05mg 1.175mg Meat
Isoleucine 1.183mg 1.288mg Meat
Leucine 1.908mg 2.229mg Meat
Lysine 2.166mg 2.427mg Meat
Methionine 0.629mg 0.721mg Meat
Phenylalanine 0.998mg 1.1mg Meat
Valine 1.323mg 1.367mg Meat
Histidine 0.777mg 1.13mg Meat
Cholesterol 97mg 73mg Meat
Trans Fat 0.033g Lamb
Saturated Fat 8.83g 1.198g Meat
Monounsaturated Fat 8.82g 1.334g Lamb
Polyunsaturated fat 1.51g 0.506g Lamb
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.013g Meat
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 0.411g Meat
Omega-3 - ALA 0.013g Meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Lamb 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
65%
Meat
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
52%
Lamb
54%
Meat

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Meat
Meat contains less Sodium (difference - 15mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Meat
Meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 24mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Meat
Meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 7.632g)
Which food is cheaper?
Meat
Meat is cheaper (difference - $1.8)
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.
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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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. Lamb - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172480/nutrients
  2. Meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168250/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.