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Chorizo vs. Italian sausage — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Chorizo and Italian sausage different?

  • Italian sausage contains less Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Zinc, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin B2 than Chorizo.
  • Chorizo covers your daily need of Vitamin B12 29% more than Italian sausage.
  • Chorizo has 2 times more Sodium than Italian sausage. Chorizo has 1235mg of Sodium, while Italian sausage has 743mg.

Chorizo, pork and beef and Sausage, Italian, pork, cooked types were used 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 +11.2%
Contains more Potassium +30.9%
Contains more Zinc +42.7%
Contains more Calcium +162.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +13.3%
Contains less Sodium -39.8%
Equal in Magnesium - 18
Equal in Copper - 0.08
Equal in Selenium - 22
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 3% 60% 13% 65% 36% 162% 93% 27% 6% 116%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 7% 54% 13% 73% 27% 97% 66% 27% 0% 120%
Contains more Iron +11.2%
Contains more Potassium +30.9%
Contains more Zinc +42.7%
Contains more Calcium +162.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +13.3%
Contains less Sodium -39.8%
Equal in Magnesium - 18
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.
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Contains more Vitamin D +50%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +28.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +23.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +60.6%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +53.8%
Contains more Choline +23.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +13.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Folate +150%
Contains more Vitamin K +112.5%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.623
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 5% 45% 0% 158% 70% 97% 68% 123% 2% 251% 53% 4%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 1% 5% 30% 1% 156% 54% 79% 0% 77% 4% 163% 43% 9%
Contains more Vitamin D +50%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +28.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +23.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +60.6%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +53.8%
Contains more Choline +23.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +13.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Folate +150%
Contains more Vitamin K +112.5%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.623

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +26%
Contains more Fats +40.1%
Contains more Other +80.6%
Contains more Carbs +129.6%
Contains more Water +48%
24% 38% 2% 32% 4%
Protein: 24.1 g
Fats: 38.27 g
Carbs: 1.86 g
Water: 31.85 g
Other: 3.92 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 +26%
Contains more Fats +40.1%
Contains more Other +80.6%
Contains more Carbs +129.6%
Contains more Water +48%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -29.1%
Equal in Monounsaturated Fat - 17.108
Equal in Polyunsaturated fat - 3.518
40% 51% 10%
Saturated Fat: 14.38 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 18.4 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.46 g
33% 56% 11%
Saturated Fat: 10.195 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 17.108 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.518 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -29.1%
Equal in Monounsaturated Fat - 17.108
Equal in Polyunsaturated fat - 3.518

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Chorizo Italian sausage
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chorizo Italian sausage Opinion
Net carbs 1.86g 4.17g Italian sausage
Protein 24.1g 19.12g Chorizo
Fats 38.27g 27.31g Chorizo
Carbs 1.86g 4.27g Italian sausage
Calories 455kcal 344kcal Chorizo
Sugar 0g 1.86g Chorizo
Fiber 0g 0.1g Italian sausage
Calcium 8mg 21mg Italian sausage
Iron 1.59mg 1.43mg Chorizo
Magnesium 18mg 18mg
Phosphorus 150mg 170mg Italian sausage
Potassium 398mg 304mg Chorizo
Sodium 1235mg 743mg Italian sausage
Zinc 3.41mg 2.39mg Chorizo
Copper 0.08mg 0.08mg
Manganese 0.04mg Chorizo
Selenium 21.1µg 22µg Italian sausage
Vitamin A 0IU 16IU Italian sausage
Vitamin A RAE 0µg 10µg Italian sausage
Vitamin E 0.22mg 0.25mg Italian sausage
Vitamin D 61IU 41IU Chorizo
Vitamin D 1.5µg 1µg Chorizo
Vitamin C 0mg 0.1mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B1 0.63mg 0.623mg Chorizo
Vitamin B2 0.3mg 0.233mg Chorizo
Vitamin B3 5.131mg 4.165mg Chorizo
Vitamin B5 1.12mg Chorizo
Vitamin B6 0.53mg 0.33mg Chorizo
Folate 2µg 5µg Italian sausage
Vitamin B12 2µg 1.3µg Chorizo
Choline 96.7mg 78.2mg Chorizo
Vitamin K 1.6µg 3.4µg Italian sausage
Tryptophan 0.278mg 0.161mg Chorizo
Threonine 1.473mg 0.792mg Chorizo
Isoleucine 2.206mg 0.731mg Chorizo
Leucine 1.708mg 1.343mg Chorizo
Lysine 2.414mg 1.522mg Chorizo
Methionine 0.47mg 0.486mg Italian sausage
Phenylalanine 1.149mg 0.67mg Chorizo
Valine 0.914mg 0.804mg Chorizo
Histidine 0.721mg 0.577mg Chorizo
Cholesterol 88mg 57mg Italian sausage
Saturated Fat 14.38g 10.195g Italian sausage
Monounsaturated Fat 18.4g 17.108g Chorizo
Polyunsaturated fat 3.46g 3.518g Italian sausage

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Chorizo Italian sausage
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet Equal

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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
67%
Chorizo
47%
Italian sausage
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
58%
Chorizo
48%
Italian sausage

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage contains less Sodium (difference - 492mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 31mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.185g)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Chorizo
Chorizo is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.86g)
Which food is cheaper?
Chorizo
Chorizo is cheaper (difference - $2.2)
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.
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. Chorizo - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173859/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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