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

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 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 1% 37% 0% 11% 6% 22% 52% 60% 36% 39% 417% 1%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Shrimp Crab
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
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

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.

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.