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Butter vs Chocolate - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Butter and Chocolate?

  • Butter is higher in Vitamin A, yet Chocolate is higher in Copper, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Fiber, Phosphorus, and Zinc.
  • Butter's daily need coverage for Saturated Fat is 160% more.
  • Butter has 342 times more Vitamin A than Chocolate. While Butter has 684µg of Vitamin A, Chocolate has only 2µg.
  • The amount of Cholesterol in Chocolate is lower.

We used Butter, without salt and Chocolate, dark, 45- 59% cacao solids types in this article.

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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 less Sodium -54.2%
Contains more Iron +40000%
Contains more Calcium +133.3%
Contains more Potassium +2229.2%
Contains more Magnesium +7200%
Contains more Copper +6325%
Contains more Zinc +2133.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +758.3%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 1% 8% 3% 2% 6% 3% 11% 2%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 301% 17% 50% 105% 343% 55% 89% 4%
Contains less Sodium -54.2%
Contains more Iron +40000%
Contains more Calcium +133.3%
Contains more Potassium +2229.2%
Contains more Magnesium +7200%
Contains more Copper +6325%
Contains more Zinc +2133.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +758.3%

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
Butter
5
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Contains more Vitamin A +4898%
Contains more Vitamin E +329.6%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +400%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +47.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +1626.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +170%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1300%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +35.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +15.7%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 150% 47% 0% 2% 8% 1% 7% 1% 22% 18% 3%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 3% 11% 0% 7% 12% 14% 18% 10% 29% 21% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +4898%
Contains more Vitamin E +329.6%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +400%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +47.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +1626.2%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +170%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1300%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +35.3%
Contains more Vitamin K +15.7%

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.
Butter Chocolate
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Butter Chocolate Opinion
Calories 717kcal 546kcal Butter
Protein 0.85g 4.88g Chocolate
Fats 81.11g 31.28g Butter
Vitamin C 0mg mg Butter
Net carbs 0.06g 54.17g Chocolate
Carbs 0.06g 61.17g Chocolate
Cholesterol 215mg 8mg Chocolate
Vitamin D 0IU IU Butter
Iron 0.02mg 8.02mg Chocolate
Calcium 24mg 56mg Chocolate
Potassium 24mg 559mg Chocolate
Magnesium 2mg 146mg Chocolate
Sugar 0.06g 47.9g Butter
Fiber 0g 7g Chocolate
Copper 0.016mg 1.028mg Chocolate
Zinc 0.09mg 2.01mg Chocolate
Starch g g
Phosphorus 24mg 206mg Chocolate
Sodium 11mg 24mg Butter
Vitamin A 2499IU 50IU Butter
Vitamin E 2.32mg 0.54mg Butter
Vitamin D 0µg µg Butter
Vitamin B1 0.005mg 0.025mg Chocolate
Vitamin B2 0.034mg 0.05mg Chocolate
Vitamin B3 0.042mg 0.725mg Chocolate
Vitamin B5 0.11mg 0.297mg Chocolate
Vitamin B6 0.003mg 0.042mg Chocolate
Vitamin B12 0.17µg 0.23µg Chocolate
Vitamin K 7µg 8.1µg Chocolate
Folate 3µg µg Butter
Trans Fat g 0.112g Butter
Saturated Fat 50.489g 18.519g Chocolate
Monounsaturated Fat 23.43g 9.54g Butter
Polyunsaturated fat 3.01g 1.092g Butter
Tryptophan 0.012mg mg Butter
Threonine 0.038mg mg Butter
Isoleucine 0.051mg mg Butter
Leucine 0.083mg mg Butter
Lysine 0.067mg mg Butter
Methionine 0.021mg mg Butter
Phenylalanine 0.041mg mg Butter
Valine 0.057mg mg Butter
Histidine 0.023mg mg Butter
Fructose g 0g Chocolate

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Butter Chocolate
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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
21
Butter
10
Chocolate
Mineral Summary Score
4
Butter
120
Chocolate

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
5%
Butter
29%
Chocolate
Carbohydrates
0%
Butter
61%
Chocolate
Fats
374%
Butter
144%
Chocolate

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Chocolate
Chocolate is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 207mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Chocolate
Chocolate is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 31.97g)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Chocolate
Chocolate is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Butter
Butter is lower in Sugar (difference - 47.84g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Butter
Butter contains less Sodium (difference - 13mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Butter
Butter is lower in glycemic index (difference - 23)
Which food is cheaper?
Butter
Butter is cheaper (difference - $0.4)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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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

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. Butter - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173430/nutrients
  2. Chocolate - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170271/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.