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Shrimp vs. Crab meat — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Shrimp and Crab meat different?

  • Shrimp is richer in Selenium, Vitamin A RAE, and Vitamin B3, while Crab meat is higher in Vitamin B12, Copper, Zinc, Vitamin C, Folate, and Magnesium.
  • Crab meat covers your daily need of Vitamin B12 410% more than Shrimp.
  • Shrimp contains 10 times more Vitamin A RAE than Crab meat. Shrimp contains 90µg of Vitamin A RAE, while Crab meat contains 9µg.
  • Crab meat is lower in Cholesterol.

Crustaceans, shrimp, mixed species, cooked, moist heat (may have been previously frozen) and Crustaceans, crab, alaska king, cooked, moist heat types were used in this article.

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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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Calcium +54.2%
Contains less Sodium -11.7%
Contains more Manganese +22.5%
Contains more Selenium +23.8%
Contains more Iron +137.5%
Contains more Magnesium +70.3%
Contains more Potassium +54.1%
Contains more Zinc +367.5%
Contains more Copper +358.1%
Equal in Phosphorus - 280
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 28% 12% 27% 132% 15% 124% 45% 86% 7% 270%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 18% 29% 45% 120% 24% 140% 208% 394% 6% 219%
Contains more Calcium +54.2%
Contains less Sodium -11.7%
Contains more Manganese +22.5%
Contains more Selenium +23.8%
Contains more Iron +137.5%
Contains more Magnesium +70.3%
Contains more Potassium +54.1%
Contains more Zinc +367.5%
Contains more Copper +358.1%
Equal in Phosphorus - 280

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Shrimp
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Contains more Vitamin A +937.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +99.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +29.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +34.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +65.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +129.2%
Contains more Folate +112.5%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +592.8%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 19% 44% 3% 0% 8% 6% 51% 32% 56% 18% 208% 74% 1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 2% 0% 0% 26% 14% 13% 26% 24% 42% 39% 1438% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +937.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +99.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +29.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +34.4%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +65.6%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +129.2%
Contains more Folate +112.5%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +592.8%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +17.7%
Contains more Fats +10.4%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +56.4%
Equal in Fats - 1.54
Equal in Water - 77.55
23% 2% 72% 2%
Protein: 22.78 g
Fats: 1.7 g
Carbs: 1.52 g
Water: 71.56 g
Other: 2.44 g
19% 78%
Protein: 19.35 g
Fats: 1.54 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 77.55 g
Other: 1.56 g
Contains more Protein +17.7%
Contains more Fats +10.4%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +56.4%
Equal in Fats - 1.54
Equal in Water - 77.55

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +95.1%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +10.1%
Contains less Saturated Fat -74.5%
Equal in Polyunsaturated fat - 0.536
35% 25% 40%
Saturated Fat: 0.521 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.361 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.59 g
16% 22% 63%
Saturated Fat: 0.133 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.185 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.536 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +95.1%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +10.1%
Contains less Saturated Fat -74.5%
Equal in Polyunsaturated fat - 0.536

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Shrimp Crab meat
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Cholesterol 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 Shrimp Crab meat Opinion
Net carbs 1.52g 0g Shrimp
Protein 22.78g 19.35g Shrimp
Fats 1.7g 1.54g Shrimp
Carbs 1.52g 0g Shrimp
Calories 119kcal 97kcal Shrimp
Calcium 91mg 59mg Shrimp
Iron 0.32mg 0.76mg Crab meat
Magnesium 37mg 63mg Crab meat
Phosphorus 306mg 280mg Shrimp
Potassium 170mg 262mg Crab meat
Sodium 947mg 1072mg Shrimp
Zinc 1.63mg 7.62mg Crab meat
Copper 0.258mg 1.182mg Crab meat
Manganese 0.049mg 0.04mg Shrimp
Selenium 49.5µg 40µg Shrimp
Vitamin A 301IU 29IU Shrimp
Vitamin A RAE 90µg 9µg Shrimp
Vitamin E 2.2mg Shrimp
Vitamin D 4IU Shrimp
Vitamin D 0.1µg Shrimp
Vitamin C 0mg 7.6mg Crab meat
Vitamin B1 0.032mg 0.053mg Crab meat
Vitamin B2 0.024mg 0.055mg Crab meat
Vitamin B3 2.678mg 1.34mg Shrimp
Vitamin B5 0.519mg 0.4mg Shrimp
Vitamin B6 0.242mg 0.18mg Shrimp
Folate 24µg 51µg Crab meat
Vitamin B12 1.66µg 11.5µg Crab meat
Choline 135.4mg Shrimp
Vitamin K 0.4µg Shrimp
Tryptophan 0.26mg 0.269mg Crab meat
Threonine 0.904mg 0.783mg Shrimp
Isoleucine 1.05mg 0.938mg Shrimp
Leucine 1.95mg 1.536mg Shrimp
Lysine 2.172mg 1.684mg Shrimp
Methionine 0.665mg 0.545mg Shrimp
Phenylalanine 0.992mg 0.817mg Shrimp
Valine 1.067mg 0.91mg Shrimp
Histidine 0.501mg 0.393mg Shrimp
Cholesterol 211mg 53mg Crab meat
Trans Fat 0.035g Crab meat
Saturated Fat 0.521g 0.133g Crab meat
Omega-3 - DHA 0.141g 0.118g Shrimp
Omega-3 - EPA 0.135g 0.295g Crab meat
Omega-3 - DPA 0.012g 0.031g Crab meat
Monounsaturated Fat 0.361g 0.185g Shrimp
Polyunsaturated fat 0.59g 0.536g Shrimp
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.012g Shrimp

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Shrimp Crab meat
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
40%
Shrimp
125%
Crab meat
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
74%
Shrimp
120%
Crab meat

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Shrimp
Shrimp contains less Sodium (difference - 125mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Shrimp
Shrimp is cheaper (difference - $5)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Crab meat
Crab meat is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Crab meat
Crab meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 158mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Crab meat
Crab meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.388g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Crab meat
Crab meat is lower in glycemic index (difference - 50)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Shrimp - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171971/nutrients
  2. Crab meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174202/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.

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