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Bratwurst vs Bockwurst - 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
Bratwurst
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Bockwurst

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 B1 +96.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +210.5%
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%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.233
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%
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%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +96.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +210.5%
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%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.233

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 Zinc +19.3%
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%
Equal in Potassium - 270
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 3% 38% 11% 56% 25% 111% 68% 27%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 13% 44% 19% 73% 24% 99% 57% 34%
Contains more Zinc +19.3%
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%
Equal in Potassium - 270

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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Bratwurst Bockwurst
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
52
Bratwurst
56
Bockwurst
Mineral Summary Score
42
Bratwurst
45
Bockwurst

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

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

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.