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Beef vs Italian sausage - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Beef and Italian sausage

  • Beef is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iron, Vitamin B3, Phosphorus, and Vitamin B6, yet Italian sausage is richer in Vitamin B1, and Selenium.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 from Beef is 72% higher.
  • Beef contains 4 times more Zinc than Italian sausage. Beef contains 6.31mg of Zinc, while Italian sausage contains 1.79mg.
  • Beef contains less Saturated Fat.

Food types used in this article are Beef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, patty, cooked, broiled and Sausage, Italian, pork, raw.

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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
Contains more Iron +120.3%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Phosphorus +39.4%
Contains more Potassium +25.7%
Contains less Sodium -90.2%
Contains more Zinc +252.5%
Equal in Calcium - 18
Equal in Copper - 0.08
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 98% 15% 85% 29% 10% 173% 29%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 45% 10% 61% 23% 96% 49% 27%
Contains more Iron +120.3%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Phosphorus +39.4%
Contains more Potassium +25.7%
Contains less Sodium -90.2%
Contains more Zinc +252.5%
Equal in Calcium - 18
Equal in Copper - 0.08

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
Beef
10
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Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +65.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +29%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +27.3%
Contains more Folate +12.5%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +190.1%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1134.8%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.168
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 3% 0% 0% 12% 41% 101% 40% 89% 7% 331% 3%
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% 7% 142% 39% 61% 31% 70% 6% 114% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +65.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +29%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +27.3%
Contains more Folate +12.5%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +190.1%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1134.8%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.168

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.
Beef Italian sausage
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Beef Italian sausage Opinion
Net carbs 0g 0.65g Italian sausage
Protein 25.93g 14.25g Beef
Fats 15.41g 31.33g Italian sausage
Carbs 0g 0.65g Italian sausage
Calories 250kcal 346kcal Italian sausage
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0g g Italian sausage
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 18mg 18mg
Iron 2.6mg 1.18mg Beef
Magnesium 21mg 14mg Beef
Phosphorus 198mg 142mg Beef
Potassium 318mg 253mg Beef
Sodium 72mg 731mg Beef
Zinc 6.31mg 1.79mg Beef
Copper 0.085mg 0.08mg Beef
Vitamin A 9IU 0IU Beef
Vitamin E 0.12mg mg Beef
Vitamin D 2IU IU Beef
Vitamin D 0µg µg Beef
Vitamin C 0mg 2mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B1 0.046mg 0.568mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B2 0.176mg 0.168mg Beef
Vitamin B3 5.378mg 3.25mg Beef
Vitamin B5 0.658mg 0.51mg Beef
Vitamin B6 0.382mg 0.3mg Beef
Folate 9µg 8µg Beef
Vitamin B12 2.64µg 0.91µg Beef
Vitamin K 1.2µg µg Beef
Tryptophan 0.094mg 0.114mg Italian sausage
Threonine 0.72mg 0.563mg Beef
Isoleucine 0.822mg 0.52mg Beef
Leucine 1.45mg 0.956mg Beef
Lysine 1.54mg 1.083mg Beef
Methionine 0.478mg 0.346mg Beef
Phenylalanine 0.725mg 0.477mg Beef
Valine 0.914mg 0.572mg Beef
Histidine 0.604mg 0.411mg Beef
Cholesterol 88mg 76mg Italian sausage
Trans Fat 0.572g g Italian sausage
Saturated Fat 5.895g 11.27g Beef
Monounsaturated Fat 6.668g 14.34g Italian sausage
Polyunsaturated fat 0.484g 4.03g Italian sausage

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Beef Italian sausage
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
52
Beef
39
Italian sausage
Mineral Summary Score
55
Beef
39
Italian sausage

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
156%
Beef
86%
Italian sausage
Carbohydrates
0%
Beef
1%
Italian sausage
Fats
71%
Beef
145%
Italian sausage

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 12mg)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Beef
Beef contains less Sodium (difference - 659mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Beef
Beef is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 5.375g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Beef
Beef is lower in glycemic index (difference - 28)
Which food is cheaper?
Beef
Beef is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Beef
Beef is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Beef
Beef is relatively richer in vitamins

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. Beef - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174032/nutrients
  2. Italian sausage - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171631/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.