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Johnsonville Brat Nutrition

By Natalie Stein

Johnsonville makes a variety of sausages including breakfast, snack, Italian, smoked and brats. Their bratwursts come in pork and beef, and some of them have cheddar, beer or smoke flavoring, and you can make Johnsonville Original Bratwursts in a pan, skillet or microwave. If you are watching your diet, check the nutrition information before you eat them, and eat them in moderation.

Basic Information

Johnsonville’s Original Bratwursts are made with pork, and each 85-g brat has 270 calories with 200 from fat, so 74 percent of its calories from fat. It has 2 g total carbohydrates, with no dietary fiber and 1 g sugars from corn syrup and dextrose. It has 15 g protein and is free from cholesterol-raising trans fats. The Original Bratwurst has 4 percent of the daily value for iron and no calcium, vitamin A or vitamin C.

Fat and Cholesterol

A Johnsonville Original Bratwurst has 22 g total fat, with 8 g saturated fat and 60 mg cholesterol. Saturated fat and cholesterol from your diet are unhealthy because they may increase levels of bad LDL cholesterol in your blood. If you are a healthy adult on a 2,000-calorie diet, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggest limiting your daily intake of saturated fat to than 20 g, and your dietary cholesterol to 300 mg.


Meats are natural sources of sodium, and you also get sodium from ingredients in processed foods such as the salt and monosodium glutamate in Johnsonville Original Bratwursts. Each sausage has 810 mg sodium. Dietary sodium can lead to high blood pressure and increase your risk for coronary heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that you do not have more than 2,300 mg sodium per day if you are a healthy adult.


A Johnsonville Original Bratwurst might fit into your meal plan if you are following a low-carbohydrate diet. The sausage is also a good source of high-quality protein, but it is high in unhealthy fats. If you are concerned about your calorie intake or heart health, better choices might include lower fat meats such as chicken breast or pork tenderloins. Almost any food can fit into a healthy diet if you eat it in moderation.

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