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Do usda nutrient counts underestimate the nutrition of animal foods

Commented on October 14, 2013
Created October 13, 2013 at 4:53 PM

When you look on self nutrition data which uses usda micro and macro nutrient all animal foods have horrible micro nutrient status(except for liver, brain and kidney). For example, beef tallow has 2 percent for vitamin a and three percent for vitamin d in one tablespoon, that's it. Eggs, only have 20 percent for vitamin b12 per egg and that's the nutrient their listed as highest in . Butter has basically nothing, and yet vegetables are listed as having at least 15 percent for vitamin e per tablespoon. So, are animal fats and foods more nutritious than self nutrition data lists them as?

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& the 20% DV b12 you mention per egg is more like 9% b12 DV for one 50g size egg

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Hawkeyes52, not sure where you're getting your numbers from, i just checked 1tbsp (13g) of beef tallow on nutritiondata.self.com & it indicates zero Vit A & Vit D was not measured (or not detected?). Source

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I see what you're saying. When I look up the vitamin a or vitamin e content in a steak, on just about any nutrition label I can find, it clocks in at 0. Googling for this info, I come up with a way different answer (30% A as beta carotene / 18% E in a 9oz steak.) I see a pretty good amount of nutrients otherwise with good numbers, though, when I try to look further into those numbers, I see with something like selenium, it can easily be 10-20x higher in a farm where those cows eat healthier food. This leads me to believe that just about all the numbers should be higher.

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Nope. Animal fats are largely devoid of nutrients. Just as plant fats are just as devoid of nutrients.

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