Shrimp vs. Spam

Nutrition comparison of Shrimp and Spam


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of shrimp versus spam (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in shrimp and spam:

  • Both spam and shrimp are high in protein.
  • Shrimp is a great source of calcium.
  • Spam has more thiamin and riboflavin, however, shrimp contains more pantothenic acid and folate.
  • Spam is an excellent source of Vitamin C and potassium.
Detailed nutritional comparison of shrimp and spam is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Shrimp (Crustaceans, shrimp, mixed species, raw (may contain additives to retain moisture)) and Spam (Luncheon meat, pork, ham, and chicken, minced, canned, reduced sodium, added ascorbic acid, includes SPAM, 25% less sodium) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

calories

Spam is high in calories and shrimp has less calories than spam - spam has 293kcal of calories per 100 grams and shrimp has 71kcal of calories.

Protein

protein

Both spam and shrimp are high in protein - spam has 12.5g of protein per 100 grams and shrimp has 13.6g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Spam is high in saturated fat and shrimp has less saturated fat than spam - spam has 8.9g of saturated fat per 100 grams and shrimp has 0.26g of saturated fat.

trans fat

Shrimp and spam contain similar amounts of trans fat - shrimp has 0.02g of trans fat per 100 grams and spam does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Spam is an excellent source of Vitamin C and it has more Vitamin C than shrimp - spam has 43mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and shrimp does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin A

Shrimp has more Vitamin A than spam - shrimp has 54ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and spam does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin D

Spam has more Vitamin D than shrimp - spam has 23iu of Vitamin D per 100 grams and shrimp has 2iu of Vitamin D.

Vitamin E

Spam and shrimp contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - spam has 0.24mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and shrimp has 1.3mg of Vitamin E.

The B Vitamins

Spam has more thiamin and riboflavin, however, shrimp contains more pantothenic acid and folate. Both shrimp and spam contain significant amounts of niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.

Shrimp Spam
Thiamin 0.02 MG 0.264 MG
Riboflavin 0.015 MG 0.179 MG
Niacin 1.778 MG 3.175 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.31 MG ~
Vitamin B6 0.161 MG 0.283 MG
Folate 19 UG 4 UG
Vitamin B12 1.11 UG 0.61 UG

Minerals

calcium

Shrimp is a great source of calcium and it has more calcium than spam - shrimp has 54mg of calcium per 100 grams and spam does not contain significant amounts.

iron

Spam has more iron than shrimp - spam has 0.64mg of iron per 100 grams and shrimp has 0.21mg of iron.

potassium

Spam is an excellent source of potassium and it has more potassium than shrimp - spam has 564mg of potassium per 100 grams and shrimp has 113mg of potassium.

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, Spam has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) than shrimp per 100 grams, however, shrimp contains more dha and epa than spam per 100 grams.

Shrimp Spam
alpha linoleic acid 0.006 G 0.23 G
DHA 0.07 G ~
EPA 0.068 G ~
DPA 0.006 G ~
Total 0.15 G 0.23 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, spam has more linoleic acid than shrimp per 100 grams.

Shrimp Spam
other omega 6 0.006 G ~
linoleic acid 0.095 G 2.436 G
Total 0.101 G 2.436 G



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The comparison below is by common portions, e.g. cups, packages. You can also see a more concrete comparison by weight at equal weight (by grams) comparison.

Note: The specific food items compared are: Shrimp (Crustaceans, shrimp, mixed species, raw (may contain additives to retain moisture)) and Spam (Luncheon meat, pork, ham, and chicken, minced, canned, reduced sodium, added ascorbic acid, includes SPAM, 25% less sodium) .

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