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Ground meat vs Italian sausage - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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Differences between Ground meat and Italian sausage

  • Ground meat has more Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Iron, while Italian sausage has more Vitamin B1, Selenium, and Monounsaturated Fat.
  • Ground meat's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 66% higher.
  • Italian sausage contains 3 times less Zinc than Ground meat. Ground meat contains 5.84mg of Zinc, while Italian sausage contains 1.79mg.
  • The amount of Saturated Fat in Ground meat is lower.

The food types used in this comparison are Beef, ground, 70% lean meat / 30% fat, loaf, cooked, baked 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
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Contains more Iron +92.4%
Contains more Calcium +83.3%
Contains more Magnesium +21.4%
Contains more Zinc +226.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +16.9%
Contains less Sodium -90%
Equal in Potassium - 253
Equal in Copper - 0.08
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 86% 10% 22% 13% 27% 160% 72% 10%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 45% 6% 23% 10% 27% 49% 61% 96%
Contains more Iron +92.4%
Contains more Calcium +83.3%
Contains more Magnesium +21.4%
Contains more Zinc +226.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +16.9%
Contains less Sodium -90%
Equal in Potassium - 253
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 A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +23.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +173.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1013.7%
Contains more Folate +14.3%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.168
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.51
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.3
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 1% 3% 0% 13% 40% 76% 31% 72% 312% 8% 6%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 7% 0% 0% 0% 142% 39% 61% 31% 70% 114% 0% 6%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +23.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +173.6%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1013.7%
Contains more Folate +14.3%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.168
Equal in Vitamin B5 - 0.51
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.3

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
46
Ground meat
39
Italian sausage
Mineral Summary Score
49
Ground meat
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
143%
Ground meat
86%
Italian sausage
Carbohydrates
0%
Ground meat
1%
Italian sausage
Fats
71%
Ground meat
145%
Italian sausage

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

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Ground meat Italian sausage
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 12mg)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Ground meat
Ground meat contains less Sodium (difference - 658mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Ground meat
Ground meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 5.197g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Ground meat
Ground meat is lower in glycemic index (difference - 28)
Which food is cheaper?
Ground meat
Ground meat is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Ground meat
Ground meat is relatively richer in vitamins
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Ground meat Italian sausage Opinion
Calories 241 346 Italian sausage
Protein 23.87 14.25 Ground meat
Fats 15.37 31.33 Italian sausage
Vitamin C 0 2 Italian sausage
Carbs 0 0.65 Italian sausage
Cholesterol 88 76 Italian sausage
Vitamin D 2 Ground meat
Iron 2.27 1.18 Ground meat
Calcium 33 18 Ground meat
Potassium 241 253 Italian sausage
Magnesium 17 14 Ground meat
Sugar 0 Italian sausage
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.079 0.08 Italian sausage
Zinc 5.84 1.79 Ground meat
Starch
Phosphorus 166 142 Ground meat
Sodium 73 731 Ground meat
Vitamin A 9 0 Ground meat
Vitamin E 0.12 Ground meat
Vitamin D 0 Ground meat
Vitamin B1 0.051 0.568 Italian sausage
Vitamin B2 0.171 0.168 Ground meat
Vitamin B3 4.026 3.25 Ground meat
Vitamin B5 0.512 0.51 Ground meat
Vitamin B6 0.311 0.3 Ground meat
Vitamin B12 2.49 0.91 Ground meat
Vitamin K 2.9 Ground meat
Folate 7 8 Italian sausage
Trans Fat 1.173 Italian sausage
Saturated Fat 6.073 11.27 Ground meat
Monounsaturated Fat 7.322 14.34 Italian sausage
Polyunsaturated fat 0.408 4.03 Italian sausage
Tryptophan 0.121 0.114 Ground meat
Threonine 0.923 0.563 Ground meat
Isoleucine 1.055 0.52 Ground meat
Leucine 1.861 0.956 Ground meat
Lysine 1.976 1.083 Ground meat
Methionine 0.614 0.346 Ground meat
Phenylalanine 0.931 0.477 Ground meat
Valine 1.172 0.572 Ground meat
Histidine 0.775 0.411 Ground meat
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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. Ground meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169474/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.