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Butter vs Milk - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the differences between Butter and Milk?

  • Butter is higher in Vitamin A RAE, Vitamin E , and Vitamin K, yet Milk is higher in Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Calcium, and Vitamin D.
  • Butter's daily need coverage for Saturated Fat is 249% more.
  • Butter has 232 times more Vitamin E than Milk. While Butter has 2.32mg of Vitamin E , Milk has only 0.01mg.
  • The amount of Saturated Fat in Milk is lower.

We used Butter, without salt and Milk, lowfat, fluid, 1% milkfat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D 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
2
:
6
Milk
Contains less Sodium -75%
Contains more Copper +60%
Contains more Calcium +420.8%
Contains more Iron +50%
Contains more Magnesium +450%
Contains more Phosphorus +295.8%
Contains more Potassium +525%
Contains more Zinc +366.7%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 8% 1% 2% 11% 3% 2% 3% 6%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 38% 2% 8% 41% 14% 6% 12% 4%
Contains less Sodium -75%
Contains more Copper +60%
Contains more Calcium +420.8%
Contains more Iron +50%
Contains more Magnesium +450%
Contains more Phosphorus +295.8%
Contains more Potassium +525%
Contains more Zinc +366.7%

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
3
:
8
Milk
Contains more Vitamin A +1175%
Contains more Vitamin E +23100%
Contains more Vitamin K +6900%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +300%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +444.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +121.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +228.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1133.3%
Contains more Folate +66.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +176.5%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 150% 47% 0% 0% 2% 8% 1% 7% 1% 3% 22% 18%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 12% 1% 36% 0% 5% 43% 2% 22% 9% 4% 59% 1%
Contains more Vitamin A +1175%
Contains more Vitamin E +23100%
Contains more Vitamin K +6900%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +300%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +444.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +121.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +228.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1133.3%
Contains more Folate +66.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +176.5%

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 Milk
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in glycemic index ok

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Butter Milk Opinion
Net carbs 0.06g 4.99g Milk
Protein 0.85g 3.37g Milk
Fats 81.11g 0.97g Butter
Carbs 0.06g 4.99g Milk
Calories 717kcal 42kcal Butter
Starch g g
Fructose g 0g Milk
Sugar 0.06g 5.2g Butter
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 24mg 125mg Milk
Iron 0.02mg 0.03mg Milk
Magnesium 2mg 11mg Milk
Phosphorus 24mg 95mg Milk
Potassium 24mg 150mg Milk
Sodium 11mg 44mg Butter
Zinc 0.09mg 0.42mg Milk
Copper 0.016mg 0.01mg Butter
Vitamin A 2499IU 196IU Butter
Vitamin E 2.32mg 0.01mg Butter
Vitamin D 0IU 48IU Milk
Vitamin D 0µg 1.2µg Milk
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.005mg 0.02mg Milk
Vitamin B2 0.034mg 0.185mg Milk
Vitamin B3 0.042mg 0.093mg Milk
Vitamin B5 0.11mg 0.361mg Milk
Vitamin B6 0.003mg 0.037mg Milk
Folate 3µg 5µg Milk
Vitamin B12 0.17µg 0.47µg Milk
Vitamin K 7µg 0.1µg Butter
Tryptophan 0.012mg 0.043mg Milk
Threonine 0.038mg 0.143mg Milk
Isoleucine 0.051mg 0.174mg Milk
Leucine 0.083mg 0.319mg Milk
Lysine 0.067mg 0.282mg Milk
Methionine 0.021mg 0.088mg Milk
Phenylalanine 0.041mg 0.174mg Milk
Valine 0.057mg 0.22mg Milk
Histidine 0.023mg 0.101mg Milk
Cholesterol 215mg 5mg Milk
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 50.489g 0.633g Milk
Monounsaturated Fat 23.43g 0.277g Butter
Polyunsaturated fat 3.01g 0.035g Butter

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Butter Milk
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories 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
16
Milk
Mineral Summary Score
4
Butter
15
Milk

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
20%
Milk
Carbohydrates
0%
Butter
5%
Milk
Fats
374%
Butter
4%
Milk

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Milk
Milk is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 210mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Milk
Milk is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 49.856g)
Which food is cheaper?
Milk
Milk is cheaper (difference - $1)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Milk
Milk is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Milk
Milk is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Butter
Butter is lower in Sugar (difference - 5.14g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Butter
Butter contains less Sodium (difference - 33mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Butter
Butter is lower in glycemic index (difference - 31)

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. Milk - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170872/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.