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Italian sausage vs Beef - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Italian sausage and Beef

  • Italian sausage is richer in Vitamin B1, and Selenium, yet Beef is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iron, Vitamin B3, Phosphorus, and Vitamin B6.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 from Beef is 72% higher.
  • Italian sausage contains 12 times more Vitamin B1 than Beef. Italian sausage contains 0.568mg of Vitamin B1, while Beef contains 0.046mg.
  • Beef contains less Sodium.

Food types used in this article are Sausage, Italian, pork, raw and Beef, ground, 85% lean meat / 15% fat, patty, cooked, broiled.

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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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Beef
Contains more Iron +120.3%
Contains more Potassium +25.7%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Zinc +252.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +39.4%
Contains less Sodium -90.2%
Equal in Calcium - 18
Equal in Copper - 0.085
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 45% 6% 23% 10% 27% 49% 61% 96%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 98% 6% 29% 15% 29% 173% 85% 10%
Contains more Iron +120.3%
Contains more Potassium +25.7%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Zinc +252.5%
Contains more Phosphorus +39.4%
Contains less Sodium -90.2%
Equal in Calcium - 18
Equal in Copper - 0.085

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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Beef
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1134.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +65.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +29%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +27.3%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +190.1%
Contains more Folate +12.5%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.176
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%
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% 12% 41% 101% 40% 89% 331% 3% 7%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1134.8%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +65.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +29%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +27.3%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +190.1%
Contains more Folate +12.5%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.176

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
39
Italian sausage
52
Beef
Mineral Summary Score
39
Italian sausage
55
Beef

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
86%
Italian sausage
156%
Beef
Carbohydrates
1%
Italian sausage
0%
Beef
Fats
145%
Italian sausage
71%
Beef

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.
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 ok

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Italian sausage Beef
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?
Beef
Beef contains less Sodium (difference - 659mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Beef
Beef is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 5.375g)
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?
Beef
Beef is relatively richer in vitamins

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Italian sausage Beef Opinion
Calories 346 250 Italian sausage
Protein 14.25 25.93 Beef
Fats 31.33 15.41 Italian sausage
Vitamin C 2 0 Italian sausage
Carbs 0.65 0 Italian sausage
Cholesterol 76 88 Italian sausage
Vitamin D 2 Beef
Iron 1.18 2.6 Beef
Calcium 18 18
Potassium 253 318 Beef
Magnesium 14 21 Beef
Sugar 0 Italian sausage
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.08 0.085 Beef
Zinc 1.79 6.31 Beef
Starch
Phosphorus 142 198 Beef
Sodium 731 72 Beef
Vitamin A 0 9 Beef
Vitamin E 0.12 Beef
Vitamin D 0 Beef
Vitamin B1 0.568 0.046 Italian sausage
Vitamin B2 0.168 0.176 Beef
Vitamin B3 3.25 5.378 Beef
Vitamin B5 0.51 0.658 Beef
Vitamin B6 0.3 0.382 Beef
Vitamin B12 0.91 2.64 Beef
Vitamin K 1.2 Beef
Folate 8 9 Beef
Trans Fat 0.572 Italian sausage
Saturated Fat 11.27 5.895 Beef
Monounsaturated Fat 14.34 6.668 Italian sausage
Polyunsaturated fat 4.03 0.484 Italian sausage
Tryptophan 0.114 0.094 Italian sausage
Threonine 0.563 0.72 Beef
Isoleucine 0.52 0.822 Beef
Leucine 0.956 1.45 Beef
Lysine 1.083 1.54 Beef
Methionine 0.346 0.478 Beef
Phenylalanine 0.477 0.725 Beef
Valine 0.572 0.914 Beef
Histidine 0.411 0.604 Beef
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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. Italian sausage - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171631/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.