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Chorizo vs Italian sausage - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Chorizo and Italian sausage

  • Chorizo is higher in Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Zinc, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, and Vitamin B1, yet Italian sausage is higher in Selenium.
  • Chorizo covers your daily Vitamin B12 needs 45% more than Italian sausage.
  • Chorizo contains 2 times more Vitamin B5 than Italian sausage. While Chorizo contains 1.12mg of Vitamin B5, Italian sausage contains only 0.51mg.
  • The amount of Sodium in Italian sausage is lower.

Food varieties used in this article are Chorizo, pork and beef and Sausage, Italian, pork, raw.

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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" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Contains more Iron +34.7%
Contains more Magnesium +28.6%
Contains more Potassium +57.3%
Contains more Zinc +90.5%
Contains more Calcium +125%
Contains less Sodium -40.8%
Equal in Phosphorus - 142
Equal in Copper - 0.08
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 3% 60% 13% 65% 36% 162% 93% 27%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 45% 10% 61% 23% 96% 49% 27%
Contains more Iron +34.7%
Contains more Magnesium +28.6%
Contains more Potassium +57.3%
Contains more Zinc +90.5%
Contains more Calcium +125%
Contains less Sodium -40.8%
Equal in Phosphorus - 142
Equal in Copper - 0.08

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 +10.9%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +78.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +57.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +119.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +76.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +119.8%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Folate +300%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.568
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 5% 45% 0% 158% 70% 97% 68% 123% 2% 251% 4%
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% 7% 142% 39% 61% 31% 70% 6% 114% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +10.9%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +78.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +57.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +119.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +76.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +119.8%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Folate +300%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.568

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.
Chorizo Italian sausage
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in glycemic index Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chorizo Italian sausage Opinion
Net carbs 1.86g 0.65g Chorizo
Protein 24.1g 14.25g Chorizo
Fats 38.27g 31.33g Chorizo
Carbs 1.86g 0.65g Chorizo
Calories 455kcal 346kcal Chorizo
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0g g Italian sausage
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 8mg 18mg Italian sausage
Iron 1.59mg 1.18mg Chorizo
Magnesium 18mg 14mg Chorizo
Phosphorus 150mg 142mg Chorizo
Potassium 398mg 253mg Chorizo
Sodium 1235mg 731mg Italian sausage
Zinc 3.41mg 1.79mg Chorizo
Copper 0.08mg 0.08mg
Vitamin A 0IU 0IU
Vitamin E 0.22mg mg Chorizo
Vitamin D 61IU IU Chorizo
Vitamin D 1.5µg µg Chorizo
Vitamin C 0mg 2mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B1 0.63mg 0.568mg Chorizo
Vitamin B2 0.3mg 0.168mg Chorizo
Vitamin B3 5.131mg 3.25mg Chorizo
Vitamin B5 1.12mg 0.51mg Chorizo
Vitamin B6 0.53mg 0.3mg Chorizo
Folate 2µg 8µg Italian sausage
Vitamin B12 2µg 0.91µg Chorizo
Vitamin K 1.6µg µg Chorizo
Tryptophan 0.278mg 0.114mg Chorizo
Threonine 1.473mg 0.563mg Chorizo
Isoleucine 2.206mg 0.52mg Chorizo
Leucine 1.708mg 0.956mg Chorizo
Lysine 2.414mg 1.083mg Chorizo
Methionine 0.47mg 0.346mg Chorizo
Phenylalanine 1.149mg 0.477mg Chorizo
Valine 0.914mg 0.572mg Chorizo
Histidine 0.721mg 0.411mg Chorizo
Cholesterol 88mg 76mg Italian sausage
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 14.38g 11.27g Italian sausage
Monounsaturated Fat 18.4g 14.34g Chorizo
Polyunsaturated fat 3.46g 4.03g 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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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
68
Chorizo
39
Italian sausage
Mineral Summary Score
57
Chorizo
39
Italian sausage

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
145%
Chorizo
86%
Italian sausage
Carbohydrates
2%
Chorizo
1%
Italian sausage
Fats
177%
Chorizo
145%
Italian sausage

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage contains less Sodium (difference - 504mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 12mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 3.11g)
Which food is cheaper?
Chorizo
Chorizo is cheaper (difference - $2.2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Chorizo
Chorizo is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Chorizo
Chorizo is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (28)

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. 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/171631/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.