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Is ox sausage healthy?

  1. Ossenworst is a sausage that has been made since the 17th century. It is a raw sausage that is nowadays made from lean beef. It has been a Dutch or actually Amsterdam specialty for years, using many types of herbs. But is beef sausage healthy? Or are there reasons not to eat too much beef sausage?

What is ox sausage?

  1. Ossenworst is an Amsterdam specialty. Ox sausage goes all the way back to the 17th century. Raw ox meat was used to make the sausage at that time and that is where the name "ox sausage" comes from. Currently, ox meat is no longer used to make this specialty, but a switch has been made to regular raw beef. In the 17th century, ox meat was widely imported from Germany and Denmark. To give the sausage its typical taste, spices such as pepper, cloves, nutmeg and mace were used. These herbs came from the colonial area of ​​the Dutch East Indies, which we now know better as Indonesia. In the 17th century, the meat was first aged for a long time and then smoked before it was made into sausage. The lean aged beef was smoked at a low temperature to produce the Amsterdam specialty. This is how the meat stays raw. This technique is abandoned in the 21st century. Now plain lean beef is used to make the sausage, with the meat no longer being smoked or aged.

Is beef sausage healthy?

  1. It has already been described above that the ox sausage that is now sold in the shop differs greatly from the specialty as it was traditionally made in the 17th century. The ox sausage production process in the 21st century is very different from the original preparation method. Does this also have consequences for the health of the sausage?


  1. In the 17th century, of course, no E numbers were used yet. Nowadays many supermarket products contain E numbers. This also includes beef sausage. E numbers have a negative image. But E numbers are no more than additives approved by the European Union. The European Union has the strictest policy on the approval of such excipients. In America, for example, more additives are allowed. Still, ox sausage contains additives that raise doubts.

Less fat compared to chorizo ​​and salami

  1. Ossenworst is currently mainly made from lean beef. As a result, this Dutch sausage contains less fat than the Spanish and Italian specialties chorizo ​​and salami. In the area of ​​fat, it can be said that beef sausage is healthy compared to the chorizo ​​and salami sausages. The fat content of beef sausage can vary from brand to brand. That is why it is important to check the fat content on the packaging.

Comparison of two ox sausages

  1. 100 grams of AH Ossenworst Amsterdam Energy 715 kJ (170 kcal) 675 kJ (160 kcal) Fat 11 g 8.6 g - Of which saturated 5.5 g 4.2 g - Of which monounsaturated 5 g not listed - Of which 0.6 g polyunsaturated not specified Carbohydrates 1 g 0.5 g - Of which sugars 0.8 g 0.4 g Dietary fiber 0.2 g not listed Proteins 17 g 19.8 g Salt 3 g 2.5 g

Lots of protein

  1. What is immediately striking is that both beef sausages have a lot of protein. Protein is an important part of the human body as it builds and nourishes muscles.

Lots of salt

  1. Eating a whole ox sausage is not a wise idea as there is a lot of salt in ox sausage. The average person gets too much salt every day. Too much salt can lead to higher blood pressure, which in turn causes problems. Of the two beef sausages above, it is clear that Albert Heijn's beef sausage is the least healthy. This sausage contains more fat, salt and sugars.

Pregnant and ox sausage?

  1. Another reason not to consume beef sausage as a pregnant woman is the fact that beef sausage is made from raw meat. Raw meat products are not recommended during pregnancy. The Toxoplasma gondii parasite can occur in raw meat. This can lead to toxoplasmosis and this is not good for the unborn child. On lists for responsible nutrition during pregnancy, ox sausage is therefore on the prohibited products list. For people with a reduced immune system it is also not recommended to eat raw meat.


  1. When asked whether beef sausage is healthy, you can say that it does indeed contain less fat compared to chorizo ​​and salami, but that it may also contain E numbers that are suitable for young children and pregnant women should be avoided. In addition, ox sausage contains a lot of salt, which makes it better to eat as a snack. It is also up to you to see if it fits into your current diet.

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