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

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

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Mussel Crab
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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
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

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 lower in Cholesterol?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 41mg)
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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Which food is richer in vitamins?
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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.