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Italian sausage vs Chorizo - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Italian sausage and Chorizo

  • Italian sausage is higher in Selenium, yet Chorizo is higher in Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Zinc, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, and Vitamin B1.
  • Chorizo covers your daily Vitamin B12 needs 45% more than Italian sausage.
  • The amount of Saturated Fat in Italian sausage is lower.

Food varieties used in this article are Sausage, Italian, pork, raw and Chorizo, pork and beef.

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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 Calcium +125%
Contains less Sodium -40.8%
Contains more Iron +34.7%
Contains more Magnesium +28.6%
Contains more Potassium +57.3%
Contains more Zinc +90.5%
Equal in Phosphorus - 150
Equal in Copper - 0.08
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 6% 45% 10% 61% 23% 96% 49% 27%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 3% 60% 13% 65% 36% 162% 93% 27%
Contains more Calcium +125%
Contains less Sodium -40.8%
Contains more Iron +34.7%
Contains more Magnesium +28.6%
Contains more Potassium +57.3%
Contains more Zinc +90.5%
Equal in Phosphorus - 150
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 C +∞%
Contains more Folate +300%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +10.9%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +78.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +57.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +119.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +76.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +119.8%
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 0% 5% 45% 0% 158% 70% 97% 68% 123% 2% 251% 4%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Folate +300%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +10.9%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +78.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +57.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +119.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +76.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +119.8%

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 Chorizo
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in glycemic index Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Italian sausage Chorizo Opinion
Net carbs 0.65g 1.86g Chorizo
Protein 14.25g 24.1g Chorizo
Fats 31.33g 38.27g Chorizo
Carbs 0.65g 1.86g Chorizo
Calories 346kcal 455kcal Chorizo
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g 0g Italian sausage
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 18mg 8mg Italian sausage
Iron 1.18mg 1.59mg Chorizo
Magnesium 14mg 18mg Chorizo
Phosphorus 142mg 150mg Chorizo
Potassium 253mg 398mg Chorizo
Sodium 731mg 1235mg Italian sausage
Zinc 1.79mg 3.41mg Chorizo
Copper 0.08mg 0.08mg
Vitamin A 0IU 0IU
Vitamin E mg 0.22mg Chorizo
Vitamin D IU 61IU Chorizo
Vitamin D µg 1.5µg Chorizo
Vitamin C 2mg 0mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B1 0.568mg 0.63mg Chorizo
Vitamin B2 0.168mg 0.3mg Chorizo
Vitamin B3 3.25mg 5.131mg Chorizo
Vitamin B5 0.51mg 1.12mg Chorizo
Vitamin B6 0.3mg 0.53mg Chorizo
Folate 8µg 2µg Italian sausage
Vitamin B12 0.91µg 2µg Chorizo
Vitamin K µg 1.6µg Chorizo
Tryptophan 0.114mg 0.278mg Chorizo
Threonine 0.563mg 1.473mg Chorizo
Isoleucine 0.52mg 2.206mg Chorizo
Leucine 0.956mg 1.708mg Chorizo
Lysine 1.083mg 2.414mg Chorizo
Methionine 0.346mg 0.47mg Chorizo
Phenylalanine 0.477mg 1.149mg Chorizo
Valine 0.572mg 0.914mg Chorizo
Histidine 0.411mg 0.721mg Chorizo
Cholesterol 76mg 88mg Italian sausage
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 11.27g 14.38g Italian sausage
Monounsaturated Fat 14.34g 18.4g Chorizo
Polyunsaturated fat 4.03g 3.46g Italian sausage

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Italian sausage Chorizo
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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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
68
Chorizo
Mineral Summary Score
39
Italian sausage
57
Chorizo

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
145%
Chorizo
Carbohydrates
1%
Italian sausage
2%
Chorizo
Fats
145%
Italian sausage
177%
Chorizo

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Sugar (difference - 0g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage contains less Sodium (difference - 504mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 12mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 3.11g)
Which food is cheaper?
Chorizo
Chorizo is cheaper (difference - $2.2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Chorizo
Chorizo is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Chorizo
Chorizo is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (28)

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. Chorizo - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173859/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.