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Shrimp vs Mussel - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Shrimp and Mussel?

  • Shrimp is richer in Copper, yet Mussel is richer in Manganese, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Monounsaturated Fat.
  • Mussel's daily need coverage for Manganese is 294% higher.
  • Shrimp has 3 times more Cholesterol than Mussel. Shrimp has 189mg of Cholesterol, while Mussel has 56mg.

We used Crustaceans, shrimp, cooked (not previously frozen) and Mollusks, mussel, blue, cooked, moist heat 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
Shrimp
4
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4
Mussel
Contains more Calcium +112.1%
Contains less Sodium -69.9%
Contains more Copper +154.4%
Contains more Iron +1217.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +20.3%
Contains more Zinc +62.8%
Equal in Magnesium - 37
Equal in Potassium - 268
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 22% 20% 28% 102% 23% 15% 45% 127%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 10% 252% 27% 123% 24% 49% 73% 50%
Contains more Calcium +112.1%
Contains less Sodium -69.9%
Contains more Copper +154.4%
Contains more Iron +1217.6%
Contains more Phosphorus +20.3%
Contains more Zinc +62.8%
Equal in Magnesium - 37
Equal in Potassium - 268

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
Shrimp
0
:
9
Mussel
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
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%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Shrimp
2
:
3
Mussel
Contains more Water +21.6%
Contains more Fats +1500%
Contains more Carbs +3595%
Contains more Other +162.8%
Equal in Protein - 23.8
24% 74%
Protein: 23.98 g
Fats: 0.28 g
Carbs: 0.2 g
Water: 74.33 g
Other: 1.21 g
24% 4% 7% 61% 3%
Protein: 23.8 g
Fats: 4.48 g
Carbs: 7.39 g
Water: 61.15 g
Other: 3.18 g
Contains more Water +21.6%
Contains more Fats +1500%
Contains more Carbs +3595%
Contains more Other +162.8%
Equal in Protein - 23.8

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Shrimp
1
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2
Mussel
Contains less Saturated Fat -93.4%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +2012.5%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +1434.2%
31% 26% 43%
Saturated Fat: 0.056 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.048 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.079 g
28% 33% 39%
Saturated Fat: 0.85 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.014 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.212 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -93.4%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +2012.5%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +1434.2%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Shrimp Mussel Opinion
Net carbs 0.2g 7.39g Mussel
Protein 23.98g 23.8g Shrimp
Fats 0.28g 4.48g Mussel
Carbs 0.2g 7.39g Mussel
Calories 99kcal 172kcal Mussel
Calcium 70mg 33mg Shrimp
Iron 0.51mg 6.72mg Mussel
Magnesium 39mg 37mg Shrimp
Phosphorus 237mg 285mg Mussel
Potassium 259mg 268mg Mussel
Sodium 111mg 369mg Shrimp
Zinc 1.64mg 2.67mg Mussel
Copper 0.379mg 0.149mg Shrimp
Vitamin A 304IU Mussel
Vitamin A RAE 91µg Mussel
Vitamin C 13.6mg Mussel
Vitamin B1 0.3mg Mussel
Vitamin B2 0.42mg Mussel
Vitamin B3 3mg Mussel
Vitamin B5 0.95mg Mussel
Vitamin B6 0.1mg Mussel
Folate 76µg Mussel
Vitamin B12 24µg Mussel
Tryptophan 0.267mg Mussel
Threonine 1.025mg Mussel
Isoleucine 1.036mg Mussel
Leucine 1.676mg Mussel
Lysine 1.779mg Mussel
Methionine 0.537mg Mussel
Phenylalanine 0.853mg Mussel
Valine 1.04mg Mussel
Histidine 0.457mg Mussel
Cholesterol 189mg 56mg Mussel
Trans Fat 0.002g Mussel
Saturated Fat 0.056g 0.85g Shrimp
Omega-3 - DHA 0.015g 0.506g Mussel
Omega-3 - EPA 0.015g 0.276g Mussel
Omega-3 - DPA 0.001g 0.044g Mussel
Monounsaturated Fat 0.048g 1.014g Mussel
Polyunsaturated fat 0.079g 1.212g Mussel
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.002g Shrimp
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 0.018g Shrimp
Omega-3 - ALA 0.001g Shrimp
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0.001g Shrimp

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores show how much of your all daily needs across all vitamins or minerals this food would cover if you took three 100 grams servings of it (approximation of 3 serving sizes)
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
0%
Shrimp
286%
Mussel
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
47%
Shrimp
76%
Mussel

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Shrimp
Shrimp contains less Sodium (difference - 258mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Shrimp
Shrimp is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.794g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Mussel
Mussel is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 133mg)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Mussel
Mussel is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sugar?
?
The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (50)
Which food is cheaper?
?
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.

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. Shrimp - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175180/nutrients
  2. Mussel - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174217/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.