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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 Potassium +48.1%
Contains more Copper +24.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +71.9%
Contains less Sodium -16.8%
Equal in Magnesium - 39
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 252% 10% 24% 27% 50% 73% 123% 49%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 110% 115% 36% 28% 62% 36% 210% 41%
Contains more Iron +130.1%
Contains more Zinc +103.8%
Contains more Calcium +1057.6%
Contains more Potassium +48.1%
Contains more Copper +24.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +71.9%
Contains less Sodium -16.8%
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 C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +181.5%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +275%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +85%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +48%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +168.5%
Contains more Folate +660%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +74.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +67%
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 0% 7% 41% 144% 20% 53% 99% 39% 39% 1118% 7% 8%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin A +181.5%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +275%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +85%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +48%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +168.5%
Contains more Folate +660%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +74.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +67%

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils 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 the food
Protein
143%
Mussel
148%
Sardine
Carbohydrates
7%
Mussel
0%
Sardine
Fats
21%
Mussel
53%
Sardine

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at 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 Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sugars ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

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is better in case of low diet
Mussel Sardine
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 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 Cholesterol?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 86mg)
Which food contains less Sugars?
Mussel
Mussel contains less Sugars (difference - 0g)
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 definitely stated which food is richer in minerals. See charts below for detailed information.
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be definitely stated which food is richer in vitamins. See charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Mussel Sardine Opinion
Calories 172 208 Sardine
Protein 23.8 24.62 Sardine
Fats 4.48 11.45 Sardine
Vitamin C 13.6 0 Mussel
Carbs 7.39 0 Mussel
Cholesterol 56 142 Mussel
Vitamin D 193 Sardine
Iron 6.72 2.92 Mussel
Calcium 33 382 Sardine
Potassium 268 397 Sardine
Magnesium 37 39 Sardine
Sugars 0 Mussel
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.149 0.186 Sardine
Zinc 2.67 1.31 Mussel
Starch
Phosphorus 285 490 Sardine
Sodium 369 307 Sardine
Vitamin A 304 108 Mussel
Vitamin E 2.04 Sardine
Vitamin D 4.8 Sardine
Vitamin B1 0.3 0.08 Mussel
Vitamin B2 0.42 0.227 Mussel
Vitamin B3 3 5.245 Sardine
Vitamin B5 0.95 0.642 Mussel
Vitamin B6 0.1 0.167 Sardine
Vitamin B12 24 8.94 Mussel
Vitamin K 2.6 Sardine
Folate 76 10 Mussel
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 0.85 1.528 Mussel
Monounsaturated Fat 1.014 3.869 Sardine
Polyunsaturated fat 1.212 5.148 Sardine
Tryptophan 0.267 0.276 Sardine
Threonine 1.025 1.079 Sardine
Isoleucine 1.036 1.134 Sardine
Leucine 1.676 2.001 Sardine
Lysine 1.779 2.26 Sardine
Methionine 0.537 0.729 Sardine
Phenylalanine 0.853 0.961 Sardine
Valine 1.04 1.268 Sardine
Histidine 0.457 0.725 Sardine
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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 of 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.