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Butter vs Spread - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Butter and Spread different?

  • Butter is richer in Vitamin A RAE, while Spread is higher in Vitamin B12, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Copper, Vitamin B3, and Iron.
  • Butter covers your daily need of Saturated Fat 223% more than Spread.
  • Butter contains 26 times more Vitamin A RAE than Spread. Butter contains 684µg of Vitamin A RAE, while Spread contains 26µg.
  • Spread is lower in Saturated Fat.

Butter, without salt and Sandwich spread, pork, beef types were used 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
Spread
Contains more Calcium +100%
Contains less Sodium -98.9%
Contains more Iron +3850%
Contains more Magnesium +300%
Contains more Phosphorus +145.8%
Contains more Potassium +358.3%
Contains more Zinc +1033.3%
Contains more Copper +712.5%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 8% 1% 2% 11% 3% 2% 3% 6%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 4% 30% 6% 26% 10% 133% 28% 44%
Contains more Calcium +100%
Contains less Sodium -98.9%
Contains more Iron +3850%
Contains more Magnesium +300%
Contains more Phosphorus +145.8%
Contains more Potassium +358.3%
Contains more Zinc +1033.3%
Contains more Copper +712.5%

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
4
:
7
Spread
Contains more Vitamin A +2772.4%
Contains more Vitamin E +33.3%
Contains more Folate +50%
Contains more Vitamin K +337.5%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +3340%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +294.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +4019%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +290.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +3900%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +558.8%
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 6% 35% 18% 0% 43% 31% 33% 26% 28% 2% 140% 4%
Contains more Vitamin A +2772.4%
Contains more Vitamin E +33.3%
Contains more Folate +50%
Contains more Vitamin K +337.5%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +3340%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +294.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +4019%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +290.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +3900%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +558.8%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Butter Spread Opinion
Net carbs 0.06g 11.74g Spread
Protein 0.85g 7.66g Spread
Fats 81.11g 17.34g Butter
Carbs 0.06g 11.94g Spread
Calories 717kcal 235kcal Butter
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0.06g 0g Spread
Fiber 0g 0.2g Spread
Calcium 24mg 12mg Butter
Iron 0.02mg 0.79mg Spread
Magnesium 2mg 8mg Spread
Phosphorus 24mg 59mg Spread
Potassium 24mg 110mg Spread
Sodium 11mg 1013mg Butter
Zinc 0.09mg 1.02mg Spread
Copper 0.016mg 0.13mg Spread
Vitamin A 2499IU 87IU Butter
Vitamin E 2.32mg 1.74mg Butter
Vitamin D 0IU 22IU Spread
Vitamin D 0µg 0.6µg Spread
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.005mg 0.172mg Spread
Vitamin B2 0.034mg 0.134mg Spread
Vitamin B3 0.042mg 1.73mg Spread
Vitamin B5 0.11mg 0.43mg Spread
Vitamin B6 0.003mg 0.12mg Spread
Folate 3µg 2µg Butter
Vitamin B12 0.17µg 1.12µg Spread
Vitamin K 7µg 1.6µg Butter
Tryptophan 0.012mg 0.082mg Spread
Threonine 0.038mg 0.334mg Spread
Isoleucine 0.051mg 0.334mg Spread
Leucine 0.083mg 0.6mg Spread
Lysine 0.067mg 0.663mg Spread
Methionine 0.021mg 0.196mg Spread
Phenylalanine 0.041mg 0.301mg Spread
Valine 0.057mg 0.356mg Spread
Histidine 0.023mg 0.279mg Spread
Cholesterol 215mg 38mg Spread
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 50.489g 5.977g Spread
Monounsaturated Fat 23.43g 7.584g Butter
Polyunsaturated fat 3.01g 2.565g Butter

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

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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
30
Spread
Mineral Summary Score
4
Butter
35
Spread

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
46%
Spread
Carbohydrates
0%
Butter
12%
Spread
Fats
374%
Butter
80%
Spread

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Spread
Spread is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.06g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Spread
Spread is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 177mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Spread
Spread is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 44.512g)
Which food is cheaper?
Spread
Spread is cheaper (difference - $1.6)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Spread
Spread is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Sodium?
Butter
Butter contains less Sodium (difference - 1002mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
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. Spread - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174583/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.