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Meat vs Beef - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Meat and Beef different?

  • Meat is higher in Vitamin B1, Selenium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, and Phosphorus, however Beef is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Iron.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 from Beef is 86% higher.
  • Meat contains 21 times more Vitamin B1 than Beef. While Meat contains 0.95mg of Vitamin B1, Beef contains only 0.046mg.
  • Meat has less Saturated Fat.

Pork, fresh, loin, tenderloin, separable lean only, 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
Meat
5
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3
Beef
Contains more Magnesium +38.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +34.8%
Contains more Potassium +32.4%
Contains less Sodium -20.8%
Contains more Copper +30.6%
Contains more Calcium +200%
Contains more Iron +126.1%
Contains more Zinc +160.7%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 2% 44% 21% 115% 38% 8% 66% 37%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 98% 15% 85% 29% 10% 173% 29%
Contains more Magnesium +38.1%
Contains more Phosphorus +34.8%
Contains more Potassium +32.4%
Contains less Sodium -20.8%
Contains more Copper +30.6%
Contains more Calcium +200%
Contains more Iron +126.1%
Contains more Zinc +160.7%

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
Meat
6
:
5
Beef
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1965.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +119.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +38.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +53.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +93.5%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +50%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +363.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
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%
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 D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1965.2%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +119.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +38.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +53.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +93.5%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +50%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +363.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%

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.
Meat Beef
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 Meat Beef Opinion
Net carbs 0g 0g
Protein 26.17g 25.93g Meat
Fats 3.51g 15.41g Beef
Carbs 0g 0g
Calories 143kcal 250kcal Beef
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0g 0g
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 6mg 18mg Beef
Iron 1.15mg 2.6mg Beef
Magnesium 29mg 21mg Meat
Phosphorus 267mg 198mg Meat
Potassium 421mg 318mg Meat
Sodium 57mg 72mg Meat
Zinc 2.42mg 6.31mg Beef
Copper 0.111mg 0.085mg Meat
Vitamin A 0IU 9IU Beef
Vitamin E 0.08mg 0.12mg Beef
Vitamin D 10IU 2IU Meat
Vitamin D 0.2µg 0µg Meat
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.95mg 0.046mg Meat
Vitamin B2 0.387mg 0.176mg Meat
Vitamin B3 7.432mg 5.378mg Meat
Vitamin B5 1.012mg 0.658mg Meat
Vitamin B6 0.739mg 0.382mg Meat
Folate 0µg 9µg Beef
Vitamin B12 0.57µg 2.64µg Beef
Vitamin K 0µg 1.2µg Beef
Tryptophan 0.275mg 0.094mg Meat
Threonine 1.175mg 0.72mg Meat
Isoleucine 1.288mg 0.822mg Meat
Leucine 2.229mg 1.45mg Meat
Lysine 2.427mg 1.54mg Meat
Methionine 0.721mg 0.478mg Meat
Phenylalanine 1.1mg 0.725mg Meat
Valine 1.367mg 0.914mg Meat
Histidine 1.13mg 0.604mg Meat
Cholesterol 73mg 88mg Meat
Trans Fat 0.033g 0.572g Meat
Saturated Fat 1.198g 5.895g Meat
Monounsaturated Fat 1.334g 6.668g Beef
Polyunsaturated fat 0.506g 0.484g Meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
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
65
Meat
52
Beef
Mineral Summary Score
41
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
157%
Meat
156%
Beef
Carbohydrates
0%
Meat
0%
Beef
Fats
16%
Meat
71%
Beef

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 - 15mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Meat
Meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.697g)
Which food is cheaper?
Meat
Meat is cheaper (difference - $1.5)
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. Meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168250/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.