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Italian sausage vs. Beef shank — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Italian sausage and Beef shank?

  • Italian sausage is higher in Vitamin B1, however, Beef shank is richer in Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iron, Selenium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B3, and Copper.
  • Beef shank's daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 is 104% more.
  • Beef shank contains 12 times less Sodium than Italian sausage. Italian sausage contains 743mg of Sodium, while Beef shank contains 64mg.

We used Sausage, Italian, pork, cooked and Beef, shank crosscuts, separable lean only, trimmed to 1/4" fat, choice, cooked, simmered 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 +52.4%
Contains more Iron +169.9%
Contains more Magnesium +66.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +54.7%
Contains more Potassium +47%
Contains less Sodium -91.4%
Contains more Zinc +338.9%
Contains more Copper +115%
Contains more Selenium +36.4%
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 10% 145% 22% 113% 40% 9% 287% 58% 3% 164%
Contains more Calcium +52.4%
Contains more Iron +169.9%
Contains more Magnesium +66.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +54.7%
Contains more Potassium +47%
Contains less Sodium -91.4%
Contains more Zinc +338.9%
Contains more Copper +115%
Contains more Selenium +36.4%

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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Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +345%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +11%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +41.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +12.1%
Contains more Folate +100%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +191.5%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.21
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 1% 5% 30% 1% 156% 54% 79% 0% 77% 4% 163% 43% 9%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 35% 49% 111% 25% 86% 8% 474% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +345%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +11%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +41.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +12.1%
Contains more Folate +100%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +191.5%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.21

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +329.4%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +24%
Contains more Protein +76.2%
Contains more Water +23.5%
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
34% 6% 58% 2%
Protein: 33.68 g
Fats: 6.36 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 58.21 g
Other: 1.75 g
Contains more Fats +329.4%
Contains more Carbs +∞%
Contains more Other +24%
Contains more Protein +76.2%
Contains more Water +23.5%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +498.2%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +1575.2%
Contains less Saturated Fat -77.5%
33% 56% 11%
Saturated Fat: 10.195 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 17.108 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.518 g
43% 53% 4%
Saturated Fat: 2.29 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.86 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.21 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +498.2%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +1575.2%
Contains less Saturated Fat -77.5%

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 shank
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 shank Opinion
Net carbs 4.17g 0g Italian sausage
Protein 19.12g 33.68g Beef shank
Fats 27.31g 6.36g Italian sausage
Carbs 4.27g 0g Italian sausage
Calories 344kcal 201kcal Italian sausage
Sugar 1.86g Beef shank
Fiber 0.1g 0g Italian sausage
Calcium 21mg 32mg Beef shank
Iron 1.43mg 3.86mg Beef shank
Magnesium 18mg 30mg Beef shank
Phosphorus 170mg 263mg Beef shank
Potassium 304mg 447mg Beef shank
Sodium 743mg 64mg Beef shank
Zinc 2.39mg 10.49mg Beef shank
Copper 0.08mg 0.172mg Beef shank
Manganese 0.02mg Beef shank
Selenium 22µg 30µg Beef shank
Vitamin A 16IU 0IU Italian sausage
Vitamin A RAE 10µg 0µg Italian sausage
Vitamin E 0.25mg Italian sausage
Vitamin D 41IU Italian sausage
Vitamin D 1µg Italian sausage
Vitamin C 0.1mg 0mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B1 0.623mg 0.14mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B2 0.233mg 0.21mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B3 4.165mg 5.89mg Beef shank
Vitamin B5 0.41mg Beef shank
Vitamin B6 0.33mg 0.37mg Beef shank
Folate 5µg 10µg Beef shank
Vitamin B12 1.3µg 3.79µg Beef shank
Choline 78.2mg Italian sausage
Vitamin K 3.4µg Italian sausage
Tryptophan 0.161mg 0.377mg Beef shank
Threonine 0.792mg 1.471mg Beef shank
Isoleucine 0.731mg 1.514mg Beef shank
Leucine 1.343mg 2.662mg Beef shank
Lysine 1.522mg 2.802mg Beef shank
Methionine 0.486mg 0.862mg Beef shank
Phenylalanine 0.67mg 1.315mg Beef shank
Valine 0.804mg 1.638mg Beef shank
Histidine 0.577mg 1.153mg Beef shank
Cholesterol 57mg 78mg Italian sausage
Saturated Fat 10.195g 2.29g Beef shank
Monounsaturated Fat 17.108g 2.86g Italian sausage
Polyunsaturated fat 3.518g 0.21g Italian sausage

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Italian sausage Beef shank
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
47%
Italian sausage
60%
Beef shank
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
48%
Italian sausage
85%
Beef shank

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 21mg)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Beef shank
Beef shank is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.86g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Beef shank
Beef shank contains less Sodium (difference - 679mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Beef shank
Beef shank is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 7.905g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Beef shank
Beef shank is lower in glycemic index (difference - 28)
Which food is cheaper?
Beef shank
Beef shank is cheaper (difference - $2.2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Beef shank
Beef shank 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

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food 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 shank - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169442/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.