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Mussel vs Sardine - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Summary of differences between Mussel and Sardine

  • Mussel has more Vitamin B12, Manganese, Selenium, Iron, Vitamin B1, and Folate, however Sardine is higher in Calcium, Phosphorus, and Vitamin C.
  • Mussel covers your daily need of Vitamin B12 628% more than Sardine.
  • Mussel has 63 times more Manganese than Sardine. While Mussel has 6.8mg of Manganese, Sardine has only 0.108mg.
  • Mussel has less Cholesterol.

These are the specific foods used in this comparison Mollusks, mussel, blue, cooked, moist heat and Fish, sardine, Atlantic, canned in oil, drained solids with bone.

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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
2
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Contains more Iron +130.1%
Contains more Zinc +103.8%
Contains more Calcium +1057.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +71.9%
Contains more Potassium +48.1%
Contains less Sodium -16.8%
Contains more Copper +24.8%
Equal in Magnesium - 39
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 10% 252% 27% 123% 24% 49% 73% 50%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 115% 110% 28% 210% 36% 41% 36% 62%
Contains more Iron +130.1%
Contains more Zinc +103.8%
Contains more Calcium +1057.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +71.9%
Contains more Potassium +48.1%
Contains less Sodium -16.8%
Contains more Copper +24.8%
Equal in Magnesium - 39

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
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Contains more Vitamin A +181.5%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +275%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +85%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +48%
Contains more Folate +660%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +168.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +74.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +67%
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 7% 41% 144% 0% 20% 53% 99% 39% 39% 8% 1118% 7%
Contains more Vitamin A +181.5%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +275%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +85%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +48%
Contains more Folate +660%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +168.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +74.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +67%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Mussel Sardine Opinion
Net carbs 7.39g 0g Mussel
Protein 23.8g 24.62g Sardine
Fats 4.48g 11.45g Sardine
Carbs 7.39g 0g Mussel
Calories 172kcal 208kcal Sardine
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g 0g Mussel
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 33mg 382mg Sardine
Iron 6.72mg 2.92mg Mussel
Magnesium 37mg 39mg Sardine
Phosphorus 285mg 490mg Sardine
Potassium 268mg 397mg Sardine
Sodium 369mg 307mg Sardine
Zinc 2.67mg 1.31mg Mussel
Copper 0.149mg 0.186mg Sardine
Vitamin A 304IU 108IU Mussel
Vitamin E mg 2.04mg Sardine
Vitamin D IU 193IU Sardine
Vitamin D µg 4.8µg Sardine
Vitamin C 13.6mg 0mg Mussel
Vitamin B1 0.3mg 0.08mg Mussel
Vitamin B2 0.42mg 0.227mg Mussel
Vitamin B3 3mg 5.245mg Sardine
Vitamin B5 0.95mg 0.642mg Mussel
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 0.167mg Sardine
Folate 76µg 10µg Mussel
Vitamin B12 24µg 8.94µg Mussel
Vitamin K µg 2.6µg Sardine
Tryptophan 0.267mg 0.276mg Sardine
Threonine 1.025mg 1.079mg Sardine
Isoleucine 1.036mg 1.134mg Sardine
Leucine 1.676mg 2.001mg Sardine
Lysine 1.779mg 2.26mg Sardine
Methionine 0.537mg 0.729mg Sardine
Phenylalanine 0.853mg 0.961mg Sardine
Valine 1.04mg 1.268mg Sardine
Histidine 0.457mg 0.725mg Sardine
Cholesterol 56mg 142mg Mussel
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 0.85g 1.528g Mussel
Monounsaturated Fat 1.014g 3.869g Sardine
Polyunsaturated fat 1.212g 5.148g Sardine

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Mussel Sardine
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
131
Sardine
Mineral Summary Score
76
Mussel
79
Sardine

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
148%
Sardine
Carbohydrates
7%
Mussel
0%
Sardine
Fats
21%
Mussel
53%
Sardine

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Sardine
Sardine contains less Sodium (difference - 62mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Sardine
Sardine is lower in glycemic index (difference - 50)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 86mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.678g)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($7)
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. Mussel - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174217/nutrients
  2. Sardine - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175139/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.