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Shrimp vs Crab meat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Shrimp and Crab meat different?

  • Crab meat is higher than Shrimp in Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Magnesium.
  • Crab meat covers your daily need of Copper 89% more than Shrimp.
  • Shrimp contains 4 times more Cholesterol than Crab meat. Shrimp contains 189mg of Cholesterol, while Crab meat contains 53mg.

Crustaceans, shrimp, cooked (not 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" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Contains more Calcium +18.6%
Contains less Sodium -89.6%
Contains more Iron +49%
Contains more Magnesium +61.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +18.1%
Contains more Zinc +364.6%
Contains more Copper +211.9%
Equal in Potassium - 262
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 22% 20% 28% 102% 23% 15% 45% 127%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 18% 29% 45% 120% 24% 140% 208% 394%
Contains more Calcium +18.6%
Contains less Sodium -89.6%
Contains more Iron +49%
Contains more Magnesium +61.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +18.1%
Contains more Zinc +364.6%
Contains more Copper +211.9%
Equal in Potassium - 262

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
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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 2% 0% 0% 26% 14% 13% 26% 24% 42% 39% 1438% 0%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Shrimp Crab meat Opinion
Net carbs 0.2g 0g Shrimp
Protein 23.98g 19.35g Shrimp
Fats 0.28g 1.54g Crab meat
Carbs 0.2g 0g Shrimp
Calories 99kcal 97kcal Shrimp
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g g
Fiber g 0g Crab meat
Calcium 70mg 59mg Shrimp
Iron 0.51mg 0.76mg Crab meat
Magnesium 39mg 63mg Crab meat
Phosphorus 237mg 280mg Crab meat
Potassium 259mg 262mg Crab meat
Sodium 111mg 1072mg Shrimp
Zinc 1.64mg 7.62mg Crab meat
Copper 0.379mg 1.182mg Crab meat
Vitamin A IU 29IU Crab meat
Vitamin E mg mg
Vitamin D IU IU
Vitamin D µg µg
Vitamin C mg 7.6mg Crab meat
Vitamin B1 mg 0.053mg Crab meat
Vitamin B2 mg 0.055mg Crab meat
Vitamin B3 mg 1.34mg Crab meat
Vitamin B5 mg 0.4mg Crab meat
Vitamin B6 mg 0.18mg Crab meat
Folate µg 51µg Crab meat
Vitamin B12 µg 11.5µg Crab meat
Vitamin K µg µg
Tryptophan mg 0.269mg Crab meat
Threonine mg 0.783mg Crab meat
Isoleucine mg 0.938mg Crab meat
Leucine mg 1.536mg Crab meat
Lysine mg 1.684mg Crab meat
Methionine mg 0.545mg Crab meat
Phenylalanine mg 0.817mg Crab meat
Valine mg 0.91mg Crab meat
Histidine mg 0.393mg Crab meat
Cholesterol 189mg 53mg Crab meat
Trans Fat 0.002g g Crab meat
Saturated Fat 0.056g 0.133g Shrimp
Monounsaturated Fat 0.048g 0.185g Crab meat
Polyunsaturated fat 0.079g 0.536g Crab meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
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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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
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Shrimp
135
Crab meat
Mineral Summary Score
47
Shrimp
122
Crab meat

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
144%
Shrimp
116%
Crab meat
Carbohydrates
0%
Shrimp
0%
Crab meat
Fats
1%
Shrimp
7%
Crab meat

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Shrimp
Shrimp contains less Sodium (difference - 961mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Shrimp
Shrimp is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.077g)
Which food is cheaper?
Shrimp
Shrimp is cheaper (difference - $5)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Crab meat
Crab meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 136mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Crab meat
Crab meat is lower in glycemic index (difference - 50)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Crab meat
Crab meat is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Crab meat
Crab meat is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)

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. 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.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.