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Turkey meat vs Chicken meat - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Turkey meat and Chicken meat

  • Turkey meat is higher than Chicken meat in Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Selenium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, and Phosphorus.
  • Turkey meat covers your daily Vitamin B12 needs 30% more than Chicken meat.
  • Turkey meat contains 2 times more Vitamin B2 than Chicken meat. While Turkey meat contains 0.281mg of Vitamin B2, Chicken meat contains only 0.168mg.
  • The amount of Cholesterol in Chicken meat is lower.

Food varieties used in this article are Turkey, whole, meat and skin, cooked, roasted and Chicken, broilers or fryers, meat and skin, cooked, roasted.

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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
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Contains more Magnesium +30.4%
Contains more Copper +40.9%
Contains more Zinc +27.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +22.5%
Contains more Iron +15.6%
Contains less Sodium -20.4%
Equal in Calcium - 15
Equal in Potassium - 223
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 41% 5% 22% 22% 31% 68% 96% 14%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 48% 5% 20% 17% 22% 53% 78% 11%
Contains more Magnesium +30.4%
Contains more Copper +40.9%
Contains more Zinc +27.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +22.5%
Contains more Iron +15.6%
Contains less Sodium -20.4%
Equal in Calcium - 15
Equal in Potassium - 223

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
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Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +67.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +12.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +54%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +240%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin A +312.8%
Contains more Vitamin E +285.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +40%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 1.03
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 3% 2% 12% 12% 65% 180% 57% 143% 128% 0% 7%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 10% 6% 0% 16% 39% 160% 62% 93% 38% 6% 4%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +67.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +12.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +54%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +240%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin A +312.8%
Contains more Vitamin E +285.7%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +40%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 1.03

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
50
Turkey meat
36
Chicken meat
Mineral Summary Score
37
Turkey meat
31
Chicken 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
171%
Turkey meat
164%
Chicken meat
Carbohydrates
0%
Turkey meat
0%
Chicken meat
Fats
34%
Turkey meat
63%
Chicken meat

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

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Turkey meat Chicken meat
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Turkey meat
Turkey meat is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Turkey meat
Turkey meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.635g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 21mg)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat contains less Sodium (difference - 21mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Chicken meat
Chicken meat is cheaper (difference - $1)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar (0 g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Turkey meat Chicken meat Opinion
Calories 189 239 Chicken meat
Protein 28.55 27.3 Turkey meat
Fats 7.39 13.6 Chicken meat
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 0.06 0 Turkey meat
Cholesterol 109 88 Chicken meat
Vitamin D 15 2 Turkey meat
Iron 1.09 1.26 Chicken meat
Calcium 14 15 Chicken meat
Potassium 239 223 Turkey meat
Magnesium 30 23 Turkey meat
Sugar 0 0
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.093 0.066 Turkey meat
Zinc 2.48 1.94 Turkey meat
Starch
Phosphorus 223 182 Turkey meat
Sodium 103 82 Chicken meat
Vitamin A 39 161 Chicken meat
Vitamin E 0.07 0.27 Chicken meat
Vitamin D 0.4 0 Turkey meat
Vitamin B1 0.045 0.063 Chicken meat
Vitamin B2 0.281 0.168 Turkey meat
Vitamin B3 9.573 8.487 Turkey meat
Vitamin B5 0.948 1.03 Chicken meat
Vitamin B6 0.616 0.4 Turkey meat
Vitamin B12 1.02 0.3 Turkey meat
Vitamin K 0 2.4 Chicken meat
Folate 9 5 Turkey meat
Trans Fat 0.101 Chicken meat
Saturated Fat 2.155 3.79 Turkey meat
Monounsaturated Fat 2.647 5.34 Chicken meat
Polyunsaturated fat 2.119 2.97 Chicken meat
Tryptophan 0.291 0.305 Chicken meat
Threonine 1.004 1.128 Chicken meat
Isoleucine 0.796 1.362 Chicken meat
Leucine 1.925 1.986 Chicken meat
Lysine 2.282 2.223 Turkey meat
Methionine 0.724 0.726 Chicken meat
Phenylalanine 0.903 1.061 Chicken meat
Valine 0.902 1.325 Chicken meat
Histidine 0.749 0.802 Chicken meat
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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. Turkey meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171479/nutrients
  2. Chicken meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171450/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.