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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
Butter
1
:
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
:
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%

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils 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 the food
Protein
5%
Butter
29%
Chocolate
Carbohydrates
0%
Butter
61%
Chocolate
Fats
374%
Butter
144%
Chocolate

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at 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 Sugars ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in vitamins Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

ok
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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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 contains less Sugars?
Butter
Butter contains less Sugars (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?
?
It cannot be definitely stated which food is richer in vitamins. See charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Butter Chocolate Opinion
Calories 717 546 Butter
Protein 0.85 4.88 Chocolate
Fats 81.11 31.28 Butter
Vitamin C 0 Butter
Carbs 0.06 61.17 Chocolate
Cholesterol 215 8 Chocolate
Vitamin D 0 Butter
Iron 0.02 8.02 Chocolate
Calcium 24 56 Chocolate
Potassium 24 559 Chocolate
Magnesium 2 146 Chocolate
Sugars 0.06 47.9 Butter
Fiber 0 7 Chocolate
Copper 0.016 1.028 Chocolate
Zinc 0.09 2.01 Chocolate
Starch
Phosphorus 24 206 Chocolate
Sodium 11 24 Butter
Vitamin A 2499 50 Butter
Vitamin E 2.32 0.54 Butter
Vitamin D 0 Butter
Vitamin B1 0.005 0.025 Chocolate
Vitamin B2 0.034 0.05 Chocolate
Vitamin B3 0.042 0.725 Chocolate
Vitamin B5 0.11 0.297 Chocolate
Vitamin B6 0.003 0.042 Chocolate
Vitamin B12 0.17 0.23 Chocolate
Vitamin K 7 8.1 Chocolate
Folate 3 Butter
Trans Fat 0.112 Butter
Saturated Fat 50.489 18.519 Chocolate
Monounsaturated Fat 23.43 9.54 Butter
Polyunsaturated fat 3.01 1.092 Butter
Tryptophan 0.012 Butter
Threonine 0.038 Butter
Isoleucine 0.051 Butter
Leucine 0.083 Butter
Lysine 0.067 Butter
Methionine 0.021 Butter
Phenylalanine 0.041 Butter
Valine 0.057 Butter
Histidine 0.023 Butter
Fructose 0 Chocolate

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 of 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.