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Mussel vs Crab - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Mussel and Crab?

  • Mussel is richer in Vitamin B12, Manganese, Selenium, Iron, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin C, yet Crab is richer in Copper, and Zinc.
  • Mussel's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 861% higher.
  • Mussel has 92 times more Manganese than Crab. Mussel has 6.8mg of Manganese, while Crab has 0.074mg.
  • Mussel contains less Cholesterol.

We used Mollusks, mussel, blue, cooked, moist heat and Crustaceans, crab, blue, canned types in this comparison.

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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
Mussel
5
:
3
Crab
Contains more Iron +1244%
Contains more Phosphorus +21.8%
Contains less Sodium -34.5%
Contains more Calcium +175.8%
Contains more Copper +446.3%
Contains more Zinc +42.7%
Equal in Potassium - 259
Equal in Magnesium - 36
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 252% 10% 24% 27% 50% 73% 123% 49%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 19% 28% 23% 26% 272% 104% 101% 74%
Contains more Iron +1244%
Contains more Phosphorus +21.8%
Contains less Sodium -34.5%
Contains more Calcium +175.8%
Contains more Copper +446.3%
Contains more Zinc +42.7%
Equal in Potassium - 259
Equal in Magnesium - 36

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
Mussel
7
:
5
Crab
Contains more Vitamin C +312.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +15100%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1204.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +351.6%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +620.7%
Contains more Folate +49%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +56%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 2.747
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.997
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 46% 19% 0% 0% 75% 97% 57% 57% 24% 3000% 0% 57%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 11% 1% 37% 0% 6% 22% 52% 60% 36% 417% 1% 39%
Contains more Vitamin C +312.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +15100%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1204.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +351.6%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +620.7%
Contains more Folate +49%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +56%
Equal in Vitamin B3 - 2.747
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.997

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
286
Mussel
56
Crab
Mineral Summary Score
76
Mussel
80
Crab

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
143%
Mussel
107%
Crab
Carbohydrates
7%
Mussel
0%
Crab
Fats
21%
Mussel
3%
Crab

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.
Mussel Crab
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Mussel Crab
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 41mg)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Mussel
Mussel contains less Sodium (difference - 194mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Mussel
Mussel is cheaper (difference - $5)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Crab
Crab is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.649g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Crab
Crab is lower in glycemic index (difference - 50)
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Mussel Crab Opinion
Calories 172 83 Mussel
Protein 23.8 17.88 Mussel
Fats 4.48 0.74 Mussel
Vitamin C 13.6 3.3 Mussel
Carbs 7.39 0 Mussel
Cholesterol 56 97 Mussel
Vitamin D 0 Crab
Iron 6.72 0.5 Mussel
Calcium 33 91 Crab
Potassium 268 259 Mussel
Magnesium 37 36 Mussel
Sugar 0 Mussel
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.149 0.814 Crab
Zinc 2.67 3.81 Crab
Starch 0 Crab
Phosphorus 285 234 Mussel
Sodium 369 563 Mussel
Vitamin A 304 2 Mussel
Vitamin E 1.84 Crab
Vitamin D 0 Crab
Vitamin B1 0.3 0.023 Mussel
Vitamin B2 0.42 0.093 Mussel
Vitamin B3 3 2.747 Mussel
Vitamin B5 0.95 0.997 Crab
Vitamin B6 0.1 0.156 Crab
Vitamin B12 24 3.33 Mussel
Vitamin K 0.3 Crab
Folate 76 51 Mussel
Trans Fat 0.014 Mussel
Saturated Fat 0.85 0.201 Crab
Monounsaturated Fat 1.014 0.129 Mussel
Polyunsaturated fat 1.212 0.258 Mussel
Tryptophan 0.267 0.226 Mussel
Threonine 1.025 0.727 Mussel
Isoleucine 1.036 0.776 Mussel
Leucine 1.676 1.307 Mussel
Lysine 1.779 1.386 Mussel
Methionine 0.537 0.452 Mussel
Phenylalanine 0.853 0.708 Mussel
Valine 1.04 0.806 Mussel
Histidine 0.457 0.393 Mussel
Fructose 0 Crab

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. Mussel - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174217/nutrients
  2. Crab - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171966/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.