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Shrimp vs Crab - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Important differences between Shrimp and Crab

  • Crab has more Copper, and Zinc than Shrimp.
  • Crab's daily need coverage for Copper is 48% more.
  • Shrimp contains 2 times more Cholesterol than Crab. Shrimp contains 189mg of Cholesterol, while Crab contains 97mg.

The food varieties used in the comparison are Crustaceans, shrimp, cooked (not previously frozen) and Crustaceans, crab, blue, canned.

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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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3
Crab
Contains less Sodium -80.3%
Contains more Calcium +30%
Contains more Copper +114.8%
Contains more Zinc +132.3%
Equal in Iron - 0.5
Equal in Potassium - 259
Equal in Magnesium - 36
Equal in Phosphorus - 234
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 20% 22% 23% 28% 127% 45% 102% 15%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 19% 28% 23% 26% 272% 104% 101% 74%
Contains less Sodium -80.3%
Contains more Calcium +30%
Contains more Copper +114.8%
Contains more Zinc +132.3%
Equal in Iron - 0.5
Equal in Potassium - 259
Equal in Magnesium - 36
Equal in Phosphorus - 234

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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12
Crab
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 11% 1% 37% 0% 6% 22% 52% 60% 36% 417% 1% 39%

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
0
Shrimp
56
Crab
Mineral Summary Score
47
Shrimp
80
Crab

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
107%
Crab
Carbohydrates
0%
Shrimp
0%
Crab
Fats
1%
Shrimp
3%
Crab

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

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Shrimp Crab
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 is lower in Sugar?
Shrimp
Shrimp is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Shrimp
Shrimp contains less Sodium (difference - 452mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Shrimp
Shrimp is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.145g)
Which food is cheaper?
Shrimp
Shrimp is cheaper (difference - $5)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Crab
Crab is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 92mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Crab
Crab is lower in glycemic index (difference - 50)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Crab
Crab is relatively richer in vitamins
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Shrimp Crab Opinion
Calories 99 83 Shrimp
Protein 23.98 17.88 Shrimp
Fats 0.28 0.74 Crab
Vitamin C 3.3 Crab
Carbs 0.2 0 Shrimp
Cholesterol 189 97 Crab
Vitamin D 0 Crab
Iron 0.51 0.5 Shrimp
Calcium 70 91 Crab
Potassium 259 259
Magnesium 39 36 Shrimp
Sugar 0 Shrimp
Fiber 0 Crab
Copper 0.379 0.814 Crab
Zinc 1.64 3.81 Crab
Starch 0 Crab
Phosphorus 237 234 Shrimp
Sodium 111 563 Shrimp
Vitamin A 2 Crab
Vitamin E 1.84 Crab
Vitamin D 0 Crab
Vitamin B1 0.023 Crab
Vitamin B2 0.093 Crab
Vitamin B3 2.747 Crab
Vitamin B5 0.997 Crab
Vitamin B6 0.156 Crab
Vitamin B12 3.33 Crab
Vitamin K 0.3 Crab
Folate 51 Crab
Trans Fat 0.002 0.014 Shrimp
Saturated Fat 0.056 0.201 Shrimp
Monounsaturated Fat 0.048 0.129 Crab
Polyunsaturated fat 0.079 0.258 Crab
Tryptophan 0.226 Crab
Threonine 0.727 Crab
Isoleucine 0.776 Crab
Leucine 1.307 Crab
Lysine 1.386 Crab
Methionine 0.452 Crab
Phenylalanine 0.708 Crab
Valine 0.806 Crab
Histidine 0.393 Crab
Fructose 0 Crab

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 - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171966/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.