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Luncheon meat vs. Beef shank — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Important differences between Luncheon meat and Beef shank

  • Luncheon meat has more Selenium, however, Beef shank has more Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Phosphorus, and Vitamin B6.
  • Beef shank's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 120% more.
  • Luncheon meat has 13 times more Sodium than Beef shank. Luncheon meat has 820mg of Sodium, while Beef shank has 64mg.

The food varieties used in the comparison are USDA Commodity, luncheon meat, canned and Beef, shank crosscuts, separable lean only, trimmed to 1/4" fat, choice, cooked, simmered.

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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 Manganese +85%
Contains more Selenium +27.7%
Contains more Calcium +540%
Contains more Iron +297.9%
Contains more Magnesium +66.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +54.7%
Contains more Potassium +49%
Contains less Sodium -92.2%
Contains more Zinc +387.9%
Contains more Copper +473.3%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 2% 37% 13% 73% 27% 107% 59% 10% 5% 209%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 10% 145% 22% 113% 40% 9% 287% 58% 3% 164%
Contains more Manganese +85%
Contains more Selenium +27.7%
Contains more Calcium +540%
Contains more Iron +297.9%
Contains more Magnesium +66.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +54.7%
Contains more Potassium +49%
Contains less Sodium -92.2%
Contains more Zinc +387.9%
Contains more Copper +473.3%

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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Contains more Vitamin B5 +49.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +12.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +36%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +312%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.14
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.21
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% 4% 0% 0% 32% 50% 98% 37% 63% 0% 115% 35% 0%
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% 0% 35% 49% 111% 25% 86% 8% 474% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +49.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +12.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +36%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +312%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.14
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.21

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +100.8%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Water +13.2%
Contains more Other +61.1%
Contains more Protein +92.5%
18% 13% 66% 3%
Protein: 17.5 g
Fats: 12.77 g
Carbs: 1.04 g
Water: 65.87 g
Other: 2.82 g
34% 6% 58% 2%
Protein: 33.68 g
Fats: 6.36 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 58.21 g
Other: 1.75 g
Contains more Fats +100.8%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Water +13.2%
Contains more Other +61.1%
Contains more Protein +92.5%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +98.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +645.2%
Contains less Saturated Fat -41.9%
35% 51% 14%
Saturated Fat: 3.944 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 5.685 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.565 g
43% 53% 4%
Saturated Fat: 2.29 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.86 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.21 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +98.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +645.2%
Contains less Saturated Fat -41.9%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Luncheon meat Beef shank Opinion
Net carbs 1.04g 0g Luncheon meat
Protein 17.5g 33.68g Beef shank
Fats 12.77g 6.36g Luncheon meat
Carbs 1.04g 0g Luncheon meat
Calories 189kcal 201kcal Beef shank
Calcium 5mg 32mg Beef shank
Iron 0.97mg 3.86mg Beef shank
Magnesium 18mg 30mg Beef shank
Phosphorus 170mg 263mg Beef shank
Potassium 300mg 447mg Beef shank
Sodium 820mg 64mg Beef shank
Zinc 2.15mg 10.49mg Beef shank
Copper 0.03mg 0.172mg Beef shank
Manganese 0.037mg 0.02mg Luncheon meat
Selenium 38.3µg 30µg Luncheon meat
Vitamin E 0.16mg Luncheon meat
Vitamin B1 0.128mg 0.14mg Beef shank
Vitamin B2 0.213mg 0.21mg Luncheon meat
Vitamin B3 5.225mg 5.89mg Beef shank
Vitamin B5 0.613mg 0.41mg Luncheon meat
Vitamin B6 0.272mg 0.37mg Beef shank
Folate 0µg 10µg Beef shank
Vitamin B12 0.92µg 3.79µg Beef shank
Choline 63.9mg Luncheon meat
Tryptophan 0.377mg Beef shank
Threonine 1.471mg Beef shank
Isoleucine 1.514mg Beef shank
Leucine 2.662mg Beef shank
Lysine 2.802mg Beef shank
Methionine 0.862mg Beef shank
Phenylalanine 1.315mg Beef shank
Valine 1.638mg Beef shank
Histidine 1.153mg Beef shank
Cholesterol 78mg 78mg
Saturated Fat 3.944g 2.29g Beef shank
Monounsaturated Fat 5.685g 2.86g Luncheon meat
Polyunsaturated fat 1.565g 0.21g Luncheon meat
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.055g Luncheon meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Luncheon meat Beef shank
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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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
33%
Luncheon meat
60%
Beef shank
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
54%
Luncheon meat
85%
Beef shank

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Luncheon meat
Luncheon meat is lower in glycemic index (difference - 0)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Beef shank
Beef shank is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Beef shank
Beef shank contains less Sodium (difference - 756mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Beef shank
Beef shank is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.654g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Beef shank
Beef shank is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (78 mg)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($)
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

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. Beef shank - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169442/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.