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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
Contains more Iron +120.3%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Phosphorus +39.4%
Contains more Potassium +25.7%
Contains less Sodium -90.2%
Contains more Zinc +252.5%
Equal in Calcium - 18
Equal in Copper - 0.085
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 45% 10% 61% 23% 96% 49% 27%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 98% 15% 85% 29% 10% 173% 29%
Contains more Iron +120.3%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Phosphorus +39.4%
Contains more Potassium +25.7%
Contains less Sodium -90.2%
Contains more Zinc +252.5%
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 Folate +12.5%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +190.1%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.176
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%
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 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 Folate +12.5%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +190.1%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.176

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 Sugar ok
Lower in Cholesterol 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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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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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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

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 12mg)
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

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.