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Pepperoni vs. Italian sausage — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Pepperoni and Italian sausage?

  • Pepperoni is richer in Selenium, Vitamin E , Vitamin B3, and Monounsaturated Fat, while Italian sausage is higher in Vitamin B1.
  • Pepperoni's daily need coverage for Saturated Fat is 38% higher.
  • Italian sausage has 4 times less Vitamin E than Pepperoni. Pepperoni has 1.03mg of Vitamin E , while Italian sausage has 0.25mg.
  • Italian sausage is lower in Sodium.

We used Pepperoni, beef and pork, sliced and Sausage, Italian, pork, cooked types in this comparison.

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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 Copper +13.8%
Contains more Selenium +31.8%
Contains more Calcium +10.5%
Contains more Potassium +10.9%
Contains less Sodium -53%
Equal in Iron - 1.43
Equal in Magnesium - 18
Equal in Phosphorus - 170
Equal in Zinc - 2.39
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 6% 50% 13% 68% 25% 207% 67% 31% 141% 159%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 7% 54% 13% 73% 27% 97% 66% 27% 0% 120%
Contains more Copper +13.8%
Contains more Selenium +31.8%
Contains more Calcium +10.5%
Contains more Potassium +10.9%
Contains less Sodium -53%
Equal in Iron - 1.43
Equal in Magnesium - 18
Equal in Phosphorus - 170
Equal in Zinc - 2.39

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 E +312%
Contains more Vitamin D +30%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +10.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +19.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +70.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +129.9%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.233
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.33
Equal in Folate - 5
Equal in Vitamin B12 - 1.3
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 21% 39% 0% 68% 60% 94% 56% 84% 4% 163% 15%
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%
Contains more Vitamin E +312%
Contains more Vitamin D +30%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +10.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +19.7%
Contains more Vitamin K +70.6%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +129.9%
Equal in Vitamin B2 - 0.233
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.33
Equal in Folate - 5
Equal in Vitamin B12 - 1.3

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Fats +69.5%
Contains more Other +118.4%
Contains more Carbs +261.9%
Contains more Water +65.1%
Equal in Protein - 19.12
19% 46% 29% 5%
Protein: 19.25 g
Fats: 46.28 g
Carbs: 1.18 g
Water: 28.55 g
Other: 4.74 g
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
Contains more Fats +69.5%
Contains more Other +118.4%
Contains more Carbs +261.9%
Contains more Water +65.1%
Equal in Protein - 19.12

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +21.4%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +26.7%
Contains less Saturated Fat -42.4%
41% 48% 10%
Saturated Fat: 17.708 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 20.77 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 4.458 g
33% 56% 11%
Saturated Fat: 10.195 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 17.108 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.518 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +21.4%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +26.7%
Contains less Saturated Fat -42.4%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Pepperoni Italian sausage
Lower in Sugar ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Pepperoni Italian sausage Opinion
Net carbs 1.18g 4.17g Italian sausage
Protein 19.25g 19.12g Pepperoni
Fats 46.28g 27.31g Pepperoni
Carbs 1.18g 4.27g Italian sausage
Calories 504kcal 344kcal Pepperoni
Sugar 0g 1.86g Pepperoni
Fiber 0g 0.1g Italian sausage
Calcium 19mg 21mg Italian sausage
Iron 1.33mg 1.43mg Italian sausage
Magnesium 18mg 18mg
Phosphorus 158mg 170mg Italian sausage
Potassium 274mg 304mg Italian sausage
Sodium 1582mg 743mg Italian sausage
Zinc 2.44mg 2.39mg Pepperoni
Copper 0.091mg 0.08mg Pepperoni
Manganese 1.074mg Pepperoni
Selenium 29µg 22µg Pepperoni
Vitamin A 0IU 16IU Italian sausage
Vitamin A RAE 0µg 10µg Italian sausage
Vitamin E 1.03mg 0.25mg Pepperoni
Vitamin D 52IU 41IU Pepperoni
Vitamin D 1.3µg 1µg Pepperoni
Vitamin C 0mg 0.1mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B1 0.271mg 0.623mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B2 0.257mg 0.233mg Pepperoni
Vitamin B3 4.987mg 4.165mg Pepperoni
Vitamin B5 0.93mg Pepperoni
Vitamin B6 0.362mg 0.33mg Pepperoni
Folate 5µg 5µg
Vitamin B12 1.3µg 1.3µg
Vitamin K 5.8µg 3.4µg Pepperoni
Tryptophan 0.23mg 0.161mg Pepperoni
Threonine 0.869mg 0.792mg Pepperoni
Isoleucine 0.901mg 0.731mg Pepperoni
Leucine 1.575mg 1.343mg Pepperoni
Lysine 1.652mg 1.522mg Pepperoni
Methionine 0.511mg 0.486mg Pepperoni
Phenylalanine 0.778mg 0.67mg Pepperoni
Valine 0.987mg 0.804mg Pepperoni
Histidine 0.688mg 0.577mg Pepperoni
Cholesterol 97mg 57mg Italian sausage
Trans Fat 1.527g Italian sausage
Saturated Fat 17.708g 10.195g Italian sausage
Omega-3 - DHA 0.004g 0g Pepperoni
Omega-3 - EPA 0.004g 0g Pepperoni
Omega-3 - DPA 0.02g 0g Pepperoni
Monounsaturated Fat 20.77g 17.108g Pepperoni
Polyunsaturated fat 4.458g 3.518g Pepperoni
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.136g Pepperoni
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 3.605g Pepperoni
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.002g Pepperoni
Omega-3 - ALA 0.164g Pepperoni
Omega-3 - Eicosatrienoic acid 0.018g Pepperoni
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0.04g Pepperoni

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

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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
50%
Pepperoni
48%
Italian sausage
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
76%
Pepperoni
48%
Italian sausage

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Pepperoni
Pepperoni is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.86g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Pepperoni
Pepperoni is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Sodium?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage contains less Sodium (difference - 839mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 40mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 7.513g)
Which food is cheaper?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is cheaper (difference - $0.8)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (28)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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. Pepperoni - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174575/nutrients
  2. Italian sausage - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174586/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.