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Swordfish vs. Eel — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Swordfish and Eel?

  • Swordfish is higher in Selenium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B3, yet Eel is higher in Vitamin A RAE, Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Vitamin B1.
  • Eel's daily need coverage for Vitamin A RAE is 122% more.
  • Swordfish has 8 times more Selenium than Eel. While Swordfish has 68.5µg of Selenium, Eel has only 8.3µg.
  • The amount of Saturated Fat in Swordfish is lower.

We used Fish, swordfish, cooked, dry heat and Fish, eel, mixed species, cooked, dry heat types 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.
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Eel
Contains more Magnesium +34.6%
Contains more Potassium +43%
Contains more Copper +58.6%
Contains more Selenium +725.3%
Contains more Calcium +333.3%
Contains more Iron +42.2%
Contains less Sodium -33%
Contains more Zinc +166.7%
Contains more Manganese +207.7%
Equal in Phosphorus - 277
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 2% 17% 25% 131% 45% 13% 22% 16% 2% 374%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 8% 24% 19% 119% 31% 9% 57% 10% 6% 46%
Contains more Magnesium +34.6%
Contains more Potassium +43%
Contains more Copper +58.6%
Contains more Selenium +725.3%
Contains more Calcium +333.3%
Contains more Iron +42.2%
Contains less Sodium -33%
Contains more Zinc +166.7%
Contains more Manganese +207.7%
Equal in Phosphorus - 277

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.
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Eel
Contains more Vitamin B2 +23.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +106.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +48.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +698.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +2835.7%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +105.6%
Contains more Folate +750%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +78.4%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 8% 49% 498% 0% 23% 15% 174% 26% 142% 2% 203% 43% 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 228% 0% 0% 6% 46% 12% 85% 17% 18% 13% 362% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +23.5%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +106.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +48.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +698.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +2835.7%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +105.6%
Contains more Folate +750%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +78.4%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Eel
Contains more Water +15.1%
Contains more Fats +88.5%
Contains more Other +480.6%
Equal in Protein - 23.65
23% 8% 68%
Protein: 23.45 g
Fats: 7.93 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 68.26 g
Other: 0.36 g
24% 15% 59% 2%
Protein: 23.65 g
Fats: 14.95 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 59.31 g
Other: 2.09 g
Contains more Water +15.1%
Contains more Fats +88.5%
Contains more Other +480.6%
Equal in Protein - 23.65

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Eel
Contains less Saturated Fat -36.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +12.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +160.1%
28% 52% 20%
Saturated Fat: 1.911 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 3.544 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.368 g
22% 69% 9%
Saturated Fat: 3.023 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 9.218 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.214 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -36.8%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +12.7%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +160.1%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Swordfish Eel
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Lower in price Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Swordfish Eel Opinion
Protein 23.45g 23.65g Eel
Fats 7.93g 14.95g Eel
Calories 172kcal 236kcal Eel
Calcium 6mg 26mg Eel
Iron 0.45mg 0.64mg Eel
Magnesium 35mg 26mg Swordfish
Phosphorus 304mg 277mg Swordfish
Potassium 499mg 349mg Swordfish
Sodium 97mg 65mg Eel
Zinc 0.78mg 2.08mg Eel
Copper 0.046mg 0.029mg Swordfish
Manganese 0.013mg 0.04mg Eel
Selenium 68.5µg 8.3µg Swordfish
Vitamin A 129IU 3787IU Eel
Vitamin A RAE 43µg 1137µg Eel
Vitamin E 2.41mg Swordfish
Vitamin D 666IU Swordfish
Vitamin D 16.6µg Swordfish
Vitamin C 0mg 1.8mg Eel
Vitamin B1 0.089mg 0.183mg Eel
Vitamin B2 0.063mg 0.051mg Swordfish
Vitamin B3 9.254mg 4.487mg Swordfish
Vitamin B5 0.417mg 0.28mg Swordfish
Vitamin B6 0.615mg 0.077mg Swordfish
Folate 2µg 17µg Eel
Vitamin B12 1.62µg 2.89µg Eel
Choline 77.5mg Swordfish
Vitamin K 0.1µg Swordfish
Tryptophan 0.265mg 0.265mg
Threonine 1.035mg 1.037mg Eel
Isoleucine 1.088mg 1.09mg Eel
Leucine 1.919mg 1.922mg Eel
Lysine 2.168mg 2.171mg Eel
Methionine 0.699mg 0.7mg Eel
Phenylalanine 0.922mg 0.923mg Eel
Valine 1.216mg 1.218mg Eel
Histidine 0.695mg 0.696mg Eel
Cholesterol 78mg 161mg Swordfish
Trans Fat 0.056g Eel
Saturated Fat 1.911g 3.023g Swordfish
Omega-3 - DHA 0.772g 0.081g Swordfish
Omega-3 - EPA 0.127g 0.108g Swordfish
Omega-3 - DPA 0.168g 0.095g Swordfish
Monounsaturated Fat 3.544g 9.218g Eel
Polyunsaturated fat 1.368g 1.214g Swordfish
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.022g Swordfish

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Swordfish Eel
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet Equal
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet Equal

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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
91%
Swordfish
60%
Eel
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
64%
Swordfish
33%
Eel

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Swordfish
Swordfish is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 83mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Swordfish
Swordfish is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.112g)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Eel
Eel is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Eel
Eel contains less Sodium (difference - 32mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($)
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.
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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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

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. Swordfish - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173704/nutrients
  2. Eel - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174194/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.