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Beef vs. Italian sausage — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Beef and Italian sausage?

  • Beef is higher in Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iron, and Vitamin B3, however, Italian sausage is richer in Vitamin B1, and Vitamin D.
  • Beef's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 56% more.
  • Italian sausage contains 3 times less Zinc than Beef. Beef contains 6.31mg of Zinc, while Italian sausage contains 2.39mg.
  • Italian sausage has less Cholesterol.

We used Beef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, patty, cooked, broiled and Sausage, Italian, pork, cooked 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.
Contains more Iron +81.8%
Contains more Magnesium +16.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +16.5%
Contains less Sodium -90.3%
Contains more Zinc +164%
Contains more Calcium +16.7%
Equal in Potassium - 304
Equal in Copper - 0.08
Equal in Selenium - 22
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 98% 15% 85% 29% 10% 173% 29% 2% 118%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 7% 54% 13% 73% 27% 97% 66% 27% 0% 120%
Contains more Iron +81.8%
Contains more Magnesium +16.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +16.5%
Contains less Sodium -90.3%
Contains more Zinc +164%
Contains more Calcium +16.7%
Equal in Potassium - 304
Equal in Copper - 0.08
Equal in Selenium - 22

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.
Beef
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Contains more Vitamin B3 +29.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +15.8%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +103.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +77.8%
Contains more Vitamin E +108.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1254.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +32.4%
Contains more Vitamin K +183.3%
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 1% 5% 30% 1% 156% 54% 79% 0% 77% 4% 163% 9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +29.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +15.8%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +103.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +77.8%
Contains more Vitamin E +108.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1254.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +32.4%
Contains more Vitamin K +183.3%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +35.6%
Contains more Water +23%
Contains more Fats +77.2%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +219.1%
26% 15% 58%
Protein: 25.93 g
Fats: 15.41 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 57.98 g
Other: 0.68 g
19% 27% 4% 47% 2%
Protein: 19.12 g
Fats: 27.31 g
Carbs: 4.27 g
Water: 47.13 g
Other: 2.17 g
Contains more Protein +35.6%
Contains more Water +23%
Contains more Fats +77.2%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +219.1%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -42.2%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +156.6%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +626.9%
45% 51% 4%
Saturated Fat: 5.895 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 6.668 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.484 g
33% 56% 11%
Saturated Fat: 10.195 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 17.108 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.518 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -42.2%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +156.6%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +626.9%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Beef Italian sausage
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sugar 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 Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Beef Italian sausage Opinion
Net carbs 0g 4.17g Italian sausage
Protein 25.93g 19.12g Beef
Fats 15.41g 27.31g Italian sausage
Carbs 0g 4.27g Italian sausage
Calories 250kcal 344kcal Italian sausage
Sugar 0g 1.86g Beef
Fiber 0g 0.1g Italian sausage
Calcium 18mg 21mg Italian sausage
Iron 2.6mg 1.43mg Beef
Magnesium 21mg 18mg Beef
Phosphorus 198mg 170mg Beef
Potassium 318mg 304mg Beef
Sodium 72mg 743mg Beef
Zinc 6.31mg 2.39mg Beef
Copper 0.085mg 0.08mg Beef
Manganese 0.012mg Beef
Selenium 21.5µg 22µg Italian sausage
Vitamin A 9IU 16IU Italian sausage
Vitamin A RAE 3µg 10µg Italian sausage
Vitamin E 0.12mg 0.25mg Italian sausage
Vitamin D 2IU 41IU Italian sausage
Vitamin D 0µg 1µg Italian sausage
Vitamin C 0mg 0.1mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B1 0.046mg 0.623mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B2 0.176mg 0.233mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B3 5.378mg 4.165mg Beef
Vitamin B5 0.658mg Beef
Vitamin B6 0.382mg 0.33mg Beef
Folate 9µg 5µg Beef
Vitamin B12 2.64µg 1.3µg Beef
Vitamin K 1.2µg 3.4µg Italian sausage
Tryptophan 0.094mg 0.161mg Italian sausage
Threonine 0.72mg 0.792mg Italian sausage
Isoleucine 0.822mg 0.731mg Beef
Leucine 1.45mg 1.343mg Beef
Lysine 1.54mg 1.522mg Beef
Methionine 0.478mg 0.486mg Italian sausage
Phenylalanine 0.725mg 0.67mg Beef
Valine 0.914mg 0.804mg Beef
Histidine 0.604mg 0.577mg Beef
Cholesterol 88mg 57mg Italian sausage
Trans Fat 0.572g Italian sausage
Saturated Fat 5.895g 10.195g Beef
Omega-3 - DHA 0.001g 0g Beef
Omega-3 - EPA 0.003g 0g Beef
Omega-3 - DPA 0.016g 0g Beef
Monounsaturated Fat 6.668g 17.108g Italian sausage
Polyunsaturated fat 0.484g 3.518g Italian sausage
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.012g Beef
Omega-3 - ALA 0.044g Beef

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
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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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
52%
Beef
48%
Italian sausage
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
56%
Beef
48%
Italian sausage

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 31mg)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Beef
Beef is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.86g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Beef
Beef contains less Sodium (difference - 671mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Beef
Beef is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.3g)
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?
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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. 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/174586/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.

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