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Italian sausage vs. Beef — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Italian sausage and Beef?

  • Italian sausage is higher in Vitamin B1, and Vitamin D, however, Beef is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iron, and Vitamin B3.
  • Beef's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 56% more.
  • Beef contains 21 times less Vitamin D than Italian sausage. Italian sausage contains 41IU of Vitamin D, while Beef contains 2IU.
  • Beef has less Sodium.

We used Sausage, Italian, pork, cooked and Beef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, patty, cooked, broiled types 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 Calcium +16.7%
Contains more Iron +81.8%
Contains more Magnesium +16.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +16.5%
Contains less Sodium -90.3%
Contains more Zinc +164%
Equal in Potassium - 318
Equal in Copper - 0.085
Equal in Selenium - 21.5
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 7% 54% 13% 73% 27% 97% 66% 27% 0% 120%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 98% 15% 85% 29% 10% 173% 29% 2% 118%
Contains more Calcium +16.7%
Contains more Iron +81.8%
Contains more Magnesium +16.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +16.5%
Contains less Sodium -90.3%
Contains more Zinc +164%
Equal in Potassium - 318
Equal in Copper - 0.085
Equal in Selenium - 21.5

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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Beef
Contains more Vitamin A +77.8%
Contains more Vitamin E +108.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1254.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +32.4%
Contains more Vitamin K +183.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +29.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +15.8%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +103.1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 5% 30% 1% 156% 54% 79% 0% 77% 4% 163% 9%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 1% 3% 0% 0% 12% 41% 101% 40% 89% 7% 331% 3%
Contains more Vitamin A +77.8%
Contains more Vitamin E +108.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1254.3%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +32.4%
Contains more Vitamin K +183.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +29.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +15.8%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +103.1%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +77.2%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +219.1%
Contains more Protein +35.6%
Contains more Water +23%
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
26% 15% 58%
Protein: 25.93 g
Fats: 15.41 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 57.98 g
Other: 0.68 g
Contains more Fats +77.2%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +219.1%
Contains more Protein +35.6%
Contains more Water +23%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +156.6%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +626.9%
Contains less Saturated Fat -42.2%
33% 56% 11%
Saturated Fat: 10.195 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 17.108 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.518 g
45% 51% 4%
Saturated Fat: 5.895 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 6.668 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.484 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +156.6%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +626.9%
Contains less Saturated Fat -42.2%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Italian sausage Beef
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 minerals ok
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Italian sausage Beef Opinion
Net carbs 4.17g 0g Italian sausage
Protein 19.12g 25.93g Beef
Fats 27.31g 15.41g Italian sausage
Carbs 4.27g 0g Italian sausage
Calories 344kcal 250kcal Italian sausage
Sugar 1.86g 0g Beef
Fiber 0.1g 0g Italian sausage
Calcium 21mg 18mg Italian sausage
Iron 1.43mg 2.6mg Beef
Magnesium 18mg 21mg Beef
Phosphorus 170mg 198mg Beef
Potassium 304mg 318mg Beef
Sodium 743mg 72mg Beef
Zinc 2.39mg 6.31mg Beef
Copper 0.08mg 0.085mg Beef
Manganese 0.012mg Beef
Selenium 22µg 21.5µg Italian sausage
Vitamin A 16IU 9IU Italian sausage
Vitamin A RAE 10µg 3µg Italian sausage
Vitamin E 0.25mg 0.12mg Italian sausage
Vitamin D 41IU 2IU Italian sausage
Vitamin D 1µg 0µg Italian sausage
Vitamin C 0.1mg 0mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B1 0.623mg 0.046mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B2 0.233mg 0.176mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B3 4.165mg 5.378mg Beef
Vitamin B5 0.658mg Beef
Vitamin B6 0.33mg 0.382mg Beef
Folate 5µg 9µg Beef
Vitamin B12 1.3µg 2.64µg Beef
Vitamin K 3.4µg 1.2µg Italian sausage
Tryptophan 0.161mg 0.094mg Italian sausage
Threonine 0.792mg 0.72mg Italian sausage
Isoleucine 0.731mg 0.822mg Beef
Leucine 1.343mg 1.45mg Beef
Lysine 1.522mg 1.54mg Beef
Methionine 0.486mg 0.478mg Italian sausage
Phenylalanine 0.67mg 0.725mg Beef
Valine 0.804mg 0.914mg Beef
Histidine 0.577mg 0.604mg Beef
Cholesterol 57mg 88mg Italian sausage
Trans Fat 0.572g Italian sausage
Saturated Fat 10.195g 5.895g Beef
Omega-3 - DHA 0g 0.001g Beef
Omega-3 - EPA 0g 0.003g Beef
Omega-3 - DPA 0g 0.016g Beef
Monounsaturated Fat 17.108g 6.668g Italian sausage
Polyunsaturated fat 3.518g 0.484g Italian sausage
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.012g Beef
Omega-3 - ALA 0.044g Beef

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

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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
48%
Italian sausage
52%
Beef
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
48%
Italian sausage
56%
Beef

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 31mg)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Beef
Beef is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.86g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Beef
Beef contains less Sodium (difference - 671mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Beef
Beef is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.3g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Beef
Beef is lower in glycemic index (difference - 28)
Which food is cheaper?
Beef
Beef is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Beef
Beef is relatively richer in minerals
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

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. Italian sausage - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174586/nutrients
  2. Beef - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174032/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.