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Bockwurst vs Bratwurst - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison

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Article author photo Razmik Sargsyan by Razmik Sargsyan | Last updated on October 12, 2021
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Bockwurst
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Bratwurst

Summary

Бratwurst and bockwurst are rich in nutrients and vitamins.

Bockwurst contains 485.7% more calcium, 73.3% more magnesium, and 30% more phosphorus, while bratwurst contains 19.3% more zinc.

Bockwurst also contains drastically more vitamin C, vitamin A and 89% more vitamin B6. At the same time, bratwurst contains 96.9% more vitamin B1 and 210% vitamin B12.

Despite this vast nutrient and vitamin content, both foods are connected with the development of different diseases and can affect the cancer development risk.

Introduction

In this article, we are going to discuss the nutritional aspect as well as the general differences between bratwurst and bockwurst.

Both bratwurst and bockwurst originated in Germany. While the first mentions about the bratwurst sausage recipes can be found from 228 AD, it is believed that bockwurst originated a lot later; it was first mentioned in 1827.

Composition

The bratwurst is mainly made of pork, less commonly from veal or beef, while the bockwurst is usually made of ground veal, less of pork.

Bockwurst is also usually flavored with salt, white pepper, and paprika, as well as some herbs, which may be included in its composition. Both sausages are originally served with beer.

Varieties

Some sources state there are about 40 different varieties of bratwurst. The types of bratwurst usually differ in their preparation method and serving.

The Franconian types include:

  • The Fränkische Bratwurst is long, thick, and grainy.
  • The Coburger Bratwurst originated from Coburg city and is made from pork and 15 % beef. It's longer than the Fränkische Bratwurst.
  • The Kulmbacher Bratwurst originated from Kulmbach city. It is long and thin, mainly comprised of ground veal, with small amounts of pork.
  • The Nürnberger Rostbratwurst originated from Nuremberg and is smaller than Fränkische and Coburger bratwurst. It is mainly made of pork.

Other varieties:

  • The Thüringer Rostbratwurst is thin and long, usually made of minced pork, beef, and rarely veal. It is traditionally grilled over a fire and consumed with mustard and bread.
  • Nordhessische Bratwurst is the same length as Thüringer Rostbratwurst and also has a similar taste to it. It is mainly ground pork.
  • Rote Wurst is popular in Swabian riginon and is similar to bockwurst. It is made from finely ground pork and bacon and also has a spicy taste.

Unlike the bratwurst, the bockwurst is not rich in varieties.

Nutrition

Below we are going to compare the smoked bratwurst, made from pork and beef, with raw bockwurst, made of pork and veal.

One serving of bratwurst equals 66 g, and one serving of bockwurst is 91 g.

Calories

Both foods are rich in calories. One serving of bratwurst contains 196 kcal, while the bockwurst calorie content is relatively higher, with about 274 kcal per one serving.

Protein

From the aspect of protein content, the bockwurst contains more proteins, about 12.7 g per serving, while the bratwurst contains only 8.05 g.

Fats

When comparing the total lipid amount, the total fat content is also higher in bockwurst, reaching about 23.6 g per serving, while bratwurst contains only 17.4 g per serving.

Taking a deep look at the lipid content, we can see bratwurst contains less saturated fats, about 4.01 g per serving, while saturated fat content in one serving of bockwurst is over two times higher, 9.37 g.

Unlike saturated fats, bratwurst contains less monounsaturated fats, about 5.28 g per serving, while bockwurst contains twice more, 11.9 g per serving.

Bratwurst is also lower in polyunsaturated fat content, containing 1.04 g per serving. Bockwurst contains more polyunsaturated fats than bratwurst, about 2.12 g per serving.

To sum up, bratwurst is lower in total fats but higher in saturated fat content. Bratwurst contains fewer monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Carbohydrates

Both sausages are low in carbohydrate content, but there is a slight difference. One serving of bratwurst contains 1.32 g of total carbohydrates. In contrast, bockwurst contains slightly more, about 2.68 g per serving, including small amounts of sugars such as sucrose, glucose, fructose, and galactose.

Both foods are not suitable for low-carb or keto diets.

Moreover, while bratwurst lacks total fiber, bockwurst contains about 0.91 g per serving.

Vitamins

Talking about the vitamins, the ultimate winner is the bockwurst.

While bratwurst lacks vitamin C and vitamin A, bockwurst contains 2.91mg of vitamin C and 13.6µg of vitamin A per one serving.

A serving of bockwurst contains 80.6% more vitamin B3, 89% more vitamin B6, and 325% more folate, while bratwurst contains 96.9% more vitamin B1 and 210.5% more vitamin B12.

Both foods are equal in vitamin B2 content.

Have a look at our unique vitamin coverage chart below to better understand the vitamin comparison.

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 A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +80.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +29.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +89%
Contains more Folate +325%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +96.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +210.5%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.213
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 16% 8% 0% 11% 49% 54% 106% 54% 88% 13% 108% 176%
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% 0% 96% 50% 59% 42% 47% 3% 334% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +80.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +29.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +89%
Contains more Folate +325%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +96.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +210.5%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.213

Minerals

While bratwurst contains 19.3% more zinc, bockwurst contains 485% more calcium, 73% more magnesium, and 30% more phosphorus. Bockwurst is also 10.8% lower in sodium.

You can see another coverage chart for minerals below

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 Calcium +485.7%
Contains more Iron +15%
Contains more Magnesium +73.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +30%
Contains less Sodium -10.8%
Contains more Copper +25%
Contains more Zinc +19.3%
Equal in Potassium - 283
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 13% 44% 19% 73% 24% 99% 57% 34%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 3% 38% 11% 56% 25% 111% 68% 27%
Contains more Calcium +485.7%
Contains more Iron +15%
Contains more Magnesium +73.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +30%
Contains less Sodium -10.8%
Contains more Copper +25%
Contains more Zinc +19.3%
Equal in Potassium - 283

Glycemic Index

The glycemic index of both foods falls under the low GI food category. The glycemic index of bratwurst and bockwurst is equal, estimated to be 28.

Acidity

The potential renal acid load (PRAL) of bratwurst and bockwurst varies. While both sausages are considered acidic, the PRAL value of bratwurst is estimated to be 4.4, while this value for bockwurst is higher, estimated to be 6.2. The PRAL shows the capacity of the food to produce acids or bases inside the organism.

Health Impact

Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes

One study shows a clear connection between processed meat consumption and cardiovascular health diseases as well as diabetes (1). Yet, another study claims that even considering the fact that red meat contains heme iron and carnitine, it does not significantly affect the cardiovascular system-related risk if consumed in recommended doses (2).

Cancer

According to a study performed in 2012, researchers found a high association between processed mean intake and the development of various cancer types. While the mechanisms of cancer development induced by processed meat are yet conflictive, it is proven that ham, salt, and such substances like aromatic amines, nitrites, and nitrosamines are strong carcinogens (3).

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3483430/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5474906/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3493769/
Article author photo Razmik Sargsyan
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: October 12, 2021

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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.
Bockwurst Bratwurst
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Bockwurst Bratwurst Opinion
Net carbs 1.95g 2g Bratwurst
Protein 14.03g 12.2g Bockwurst
Fats 25.87g 26.34g Bratwurst
Carbs 2.95g 2g Bockwurst
Calories 301kcal 297kcal Bockwurst
Starch 0g g Bockwurst
Fructose 0.01g g Bockwurst
Sugar 1.33g 0g Bratwurst
Fiber 1g 0g Bockwurst
Calcium 41mg 7mg Bockwurst
Iron 1.15mg 1mg Bockwurst
Magnesium 26mg 15mg Bockwurst
Phosphorus 169mg 130mg Bockwurst
Potassium 270mg 283mg Bratwurst
Sodium 756mg 848mg Bockwurst
Zinc 2.07mg 2.47mg Bratwurst
Copper 0.1mg 0.08mg Bockwurst
Vitamin A 256IU 0IU Bockwurst
Vitamin E 0.38mg mg Bockwurst
Vitamin D 0IU IU Bockwurst
Vitamin D 0µg µg Bockwurst
Vitamin C 3.2mg 0mg Bockwurst
Vitamin B1 0.193mg 0.38mg Bratwurst
Vitamin B2 0.233mg 0.213mg Bockwurst
Vitamin B3 5.616mg 3.11mg Bockwurst
Vitamin B5 0.891mg 0.69mg Bockwurst
Vitamin B6 0.378mg 0.2mg Bockwurst
Folate 17µg 4µg Bockwurst
Vitamin B12 0.86µg 2.67µg Bratwurst
Vitamin K 70.2µg µg Bockwurst
Tryptophan 153mg 0.107mg Bockwurst
Threonine 0.613mg 0.465mg Bockwurst
Isoleucine 0.677mg 0.485mg Bockwurst
Leucine 1.107mg 0.81mg Bockwurst
Lysine 1.166mg 0.903mg Bockwurst
Methionine 0.333mg 0.364mg Bratwurst
Phenylalanine 0.556mg 0.405mg Bockwurst
Valine 0.767mg 0.464mg Bockwurst
Histidine 0.513mg 0.395mg Bockwurst
Cholesterol 93mg 78mg Bratwurst
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 10.256g 6.08g Bratwurst
Monounsaturated Fat 13.138g 8g Bockwurst
Polyunsaturated fat 2.328g 1.58g Bockwurst

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Bockwurst Bratwurst
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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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
56
Bockwurst
52
Bratwurst
Mineral Summary Score
45
Bockwurst
42
Bratwurst

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
84%
Bockwurst
73%
Bratwurst
Carbohydrates
3%
Bockwurst
2%
Bratwurst
Fats
119%
Bockwurst
122%
Bratwurst

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Bratwurst
Bratwurst is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.33g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Bratwurst
Bratwurst is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 15mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Bratwurst
Bratwurst is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.176g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Bockwurst
Bockwurst contains less Sodium (difference - 92mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Bockwurst
Bockwurst is cheaper (difference - $3)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Bockwurst
Bockwurst is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (28)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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

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. Bockwurst - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171619/nutrients
  2. Bratwurst - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172956/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.