Bratwurst vs. Bockwurst — Health Impact and Nutrition Comparison
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.
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The main difference between bratwurst and bockwurst is that bratwurst is mainly made of pork, less commonly from veal or beef, while bockwurst is usually made of ground veal, less pork.
Bockwurst is also usually flavored with salt, white pepper, paprika, and some herbs, which may be included in its composition. Both sausages are originally served with beer.
Bratwurst is mixed with salt, pepper, marjoram, and nutmeg.
One serving of bratwurst equals 66 g, and one serving of bockwurst is 91 g.
Both sausages are high in calories. One serving of bratwurst contains 196 kcal, while the bockwurst calorie content is relatively higher, with about 274 kcal per one serving.
From the aspect of protein content, the bockwurst is richer in proteins, about 12.7 g per serving, while the bratwurst contains only 8.05 g.
Bockwurst has higher total fats compared to bratwurst.
To sum up, bratwurst is lower in total fats but higher in saturated fat content. Bratwurst contains fewer monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Fat Type Comparison
Their carbohydrate content is low. Bratwurst contains 2g per 100g and bockwurst contains about 3g per 100g.
Bratwurst is richer in vitamin B1 and vitamin B12. In comparison, bockwurst is richer in vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and vitamin K.
Below, we can visualize their vitamin coverage.
Bratwurst is richer in selenium and zinc. Bockwurst is richer in manganese, copper, iron, and phosphorus.
They are both high in sodium. However, bockwurst contains less sodium.
You can see another coverage chart for minerals below
The glycemic index of both foods falls under the low GI food category. The glycemic index of bratwurst and bockwurst is equal, estimated at 28.
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.
Since they are nearly similar, their health impacts are nearly similar aswell.
Consumption of processed meat is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. In this case, we need to consider that bratwurst is higher in sodium, which increases the risks of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension (1,2).
Consumption of processed foods increases the risk of type 2 diabetes (3).
Processed meat is associated with increased risks of cancer, specifically colorectal and esophageal cancer (4).
Comparison summary table
|Lower in Sugar
|Lower in Cholesterol
|Lower in Saturated Fat
|Lower in Sodium
|Lower in price
|Rich in vitamins
|Lower in Glycemic Index
|Rich in minerals
All nutrients comparison - raw data values
|Vitamin A RAE
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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
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.
- Bratwurst - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172956/nutrients
- Bockwurst - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171619/nutrients
All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.