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Turkey meat vs. Italian sausage — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Turkey meat and Italian sausage

  • Turkey meat is higher in Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Selenium, and Phosphorus, yet Italian sausage is higher in Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B12.
  • Italian sausage covers your daily Vitamin B1 needs 48% more than Turkey meat.
  • Turkey meat contains 2 times more Vitamin B3 than Italian sausage. While Turkey meat contains 9.573mg of Vitamin B3, Italian sausage contains only 4.165mg.
  • The amount of Cholesterol in Italian sausage is lower.

Food varieties used in this article are Turkey, whole, meat and skin, cooked, roasted and Sausage, Italian, pork, cooked.

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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 Magnesium +66.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +31.2%
Contains less Sodium -86.1%
Contains more Copper +16.3%
Contains more Selenium +35.5%
Contains more Calcium +50%
Contains more Iron +31.2%
Contains more Potassium +27.2%
Equal in Zinc - 2.39
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 5% 41% 22% 96% 22% 14% 68% 31% 2% 163%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 7% 54% 13% 73% 27% 97% 66% 27% 0% 120%
Contains more Magnesium +66.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +31.2%
Contains less Sodium -86.1%
Contains more Copper +16.3%
Contains more Selenium +35.5%
Contains more Calcium +50%
Contains more Iron +31.2%
Contains more Potassium +27.2%
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 A +143.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +20.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +129.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +86.7%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Choline +11.8%
Contains more Vitamin E +257.1%
Contains more Vitamin D +150%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1284.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +27.5%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 3% 2% 12% 0% 12% 65% 180% 57% 143% 7% 128% 48% 0%
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%
Contains more Vitamin A +143.8%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +20.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +129.8%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +86.7%
Contains more Folate +80%
Contains more Choline +11.8%
Contains more Vitamin E +257.1%
Contains more Vitamin D +150%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1284.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +27.5%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Protein +49.3%
Contains more Water +34.8%
Contains more Fats +269.6%
Contains more Carbs +7016.7%
Contains more Other +352.1%
29% 7% 64%
Protein: 28.55 g
Fats: 7.39 g
Carbs: 0.06 g
Water: 63.52 g
Other: 0.48 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 Protein +49.3%
Contains more Water +34.8%
Contains more Fats +269.6%
Contains more Carbs +7016.7%
Contains more Other +352.1%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains less Saturated Fat -78.9%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +546.3%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +66%
31% 38% 31%
Saturated Fat: 2.155 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.647 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 2.119 g
33% 56% 11%
Saturated Fat: 10.195 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 17.108 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 3.518 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -78.9%
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +546.3%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +66%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Turkey meat Italian sausage Opinion
Net carbs 0.06g 4.17g Italian sausage
Protein 28.55g 19.12g Turkey meat
Fats 7.39g 27.31g Italian sausage
Carbs 0.06g 4.27g Italian sausage
Calories 189kcal 344kcal Italian sausage
Sugar 0g 1.86g Turkey meat
Fiber 0g 0.1g Italian sausage
Calcium 14mg 21mg Italian sausage
Iron 1.09mg 1.43mg Italian sausage
Magnesium 30mg 18mg Turkey meat
Phosphorus 223mg 170mg Turkey meat
Potassium 239mg 304mg Italian sausage
Sodium 103mg 743mg Turkey meat
Zinc 2.48mg 2.39mg Turkey meat
Copper 0.093mg 0.08mg Turkey meat
Manganese 0.014mg Turkey meat
Selenium 29.8µg 22µg Turkey meat
Vitamin A 39IU 16IU Turkey meat
Vitamin A RAE 12µg 10µg Turkey meat
Vitamin E 0.07mg 0.25mg Italian sausage
Vitamin D 15IU 41IU Italian sausage
Vitamin D 0.4µg 1µg Italian sausage
Vitamin C 0mg 0.1mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B1 0.045mg 0.623mg Italian sausage
Vitamin B2 0.281mg 0.233mg Turkey meat
Vitamin B3 9.573mg 4.165mg Turkey meat
Vitamin B5 0.948mg Turkey meat
Vitamin B6 0.616mg 0.33mg Turkey meat
Folate 9µg 5µg Turkey meat
Vitamin B12 1.02µg 1.3µg Italian sausage
Choline 87.4mg 78.2mg Turkey meat
Vitamin K 0µg 3.4µg Italian sausage
Tryptophan 0.291mg 0.161mg Turkey meat
Threonine 1.004mg 0.792mg Turkey meat
Isoleucine 0.796mg 0.731mg Turkey meat
Leucine 1.925mg 1.343mg Turkey meat
Lysine 2.282mg 1.522mg Turkey meat
Methionine 0.724mg 0.486mg Turkey meat
Phenylalanine 0.903mg 0.67mg Turkey meat
Valine 0.902mg 0.804mg Turkey meat
Histidine 0.749mg 0.577mg Turkey meat
Cholesterol 109mg 57mg Italian sausage
Trans Fat 0.101g Italian sausage
Saturated Fat 2.155g 10.195g Turkey meat
Omega-3 - DHA 0.005g 0g Turkey meat
Omega-3 - EPA 0.008g 0g Turkey meat
Omega-3 - DPA 0.008g 0g Turkey meat
Monounsaturated Fat 2.647g 17.108g Italian sausage
Polyunsaturated fat 2.119g 3.518g Italian sausage
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.014g Turkey meat
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 1.841g Turkey meat
Omega-6 - Gamma-linoleic acid 0.003g Turkey meat
Omega-3 - ALA 0.105g Turkey meat
Omega-3 - Eicosatrienoic acid 0.001g Turkey meat
Omega-6 - Dihomo-gamma-linoleic acid 0.01g Turkey meat

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Turkey meat Italian sausage
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
50%
Turkey meat
47%
Italian sausage
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
46%
Turkey meat
48%
Italian sausage

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Turkey meat
Turkey meat is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.86g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Turkey meat
Turkey meat contains less Sodium (difference - 640mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Turkey meat
Turkey meat is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 8.04g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Turkey meat
Turkey meat is lower in glycemic index (difference - 28)
Which food is cheaper?
Turkey meat
Turkey meat is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Italian sausage
Italian sausage is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 52mg)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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. Turkey meat - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171479/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.

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