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Butterfish vs. Mackerel — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Butterfish and Mackerel different?

  • Mackerel is higher than Butterfish in Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B6, Selenium, and Vitamin B3.
  • Mackerel covers your daily need of Vitamin B12 715% more than Butterfish.
  • Butterfish contains 9 times more Folate than Mackerel. Butterfish contains 17µg of Folate, while Mackerel contains 2µg.

Fish, butterfish, cooked, dry heat and Fish, mackerel, Atlantic, cooked, dry heat 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" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Calcium +86.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +10.8%
Contains more Potassium +20%
Contains more Iron +145.3%
Contains more Magnesium +203.1%
Contains less Sodium -27.2%
Contains more Copper +36.2%
Contains more Selenium +10.3%
Equal in Phosphorus - 278
Equal in Zinc - 0.94
Equal in Manganese - 0.02
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 9% 24% 23% 132% 43% 15% 27% 24% 3% 256%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 5% 59% 70% 120% 36% 11% 26% 32% 3% 282%
Contains more Calcium +86.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +10.8%
Contains more Potassium +20%
Contains more Iron +145.3%
Contains more Magnesium +203.1%
Contains less Sodium -27.2%
Contains more Copper +36.2%
Contains more Selenium +10.3%
Equal in Phosphorus - 278
Equal in Zinc - 0.94
Equal in Manganese - 0.02

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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Contains more Folate +750%
Contains more Vitamin A +65.1%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +114.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +18.7%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +14.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +32.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +938.3%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.159
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 7% 0% 0% 0% 37% 45% 109% 52% 80% 13% 229% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 11% 0% 0% 2% 40% 96% 129% 60% 107% 2% 2375% 0% 0%
Contains more Folate +750%
Contains more Vitamin A +65.1%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +114.6%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +18.7%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +14.5%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +32.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +938.3%
Equal in Vitamin B1 - 0.159

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Water +25.5%
Contains more Fats +73.2%
Contains more Other +585.1%
Equal in Protein - 23.85
22% 10% 67%
Protein: 22.15 g
Fats: 10.28 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 66.83 g
Other: 0.74 g
24% 18% 53% 5%
Protein: 23.85 g
Fats: 17.81 g
Carbs: 0 g
Water: 53.27 g
Other: 5.07 g
Contains more Water +25.5%
Contains more Fats +73.2%
Contains more Other +585.1%
Equal in Protein - 23.85

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Butterfish Mackerel
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in Glycemic Index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Butterfish Mackerel Opinion
Protein 22.15g 23.85g Mackerel
Fats 10.28g 17.81g Mackerel
Calories 187kcal 262kcal Mackerel
Calcium 28mg 15mg Butterfish
Iron 0.64mg 1.57mg Mackerel
Magnesium 32mg 97mg Mackerel
Phosphorus 308mg 278mg Butterfish
Potassium 481mg 401mg Butterfish
Sodium 114mg 83mg Mackerel
Zinc 0.99mg 0.94mg Butterfish
Copper 0.069mg 0.094mg Mackerel
Manganese 0.019mg 0.02mg Mackerel
Selenium 46.8µg 51.6µg Mackerel
Vitamin A 109IU 180IU Mackerel
Vitamin A RAE 33µg 54µg Mackerel
Vitamin C 0mg 0.4mg Mackerel
Vitamin B1 0.146mg 0.159mg Mackerel
Vitamin B2 0.192mg 0.412mg Mackerel
Vitamin B3 5.769mg 6.85mg Mackerel
Vitamin B5 0.865mg 0.99mg Mackerel
Vitamin B6 0.346mg 0.46mg Mackerel
Folate 17µg 2µg Butterfish
Vitamin B12 1.83µg 19µg Mackerel
Tryptophan 0.248mg 0.267mg Mackerel
Threonine 0.971mg 1.045mg Mackerel
Isoleucine 1.021mg 1.099mg Mackerel
Leucine 1.801mg 1.938mg Mackerel
Lysine 2.035mg 2.19mg Mackerel
Methionine 0.656mg 0.706mg Mackerel
Phenylalanine 0.865mg 0.931mg Mackerel
Valine 1.141mg 1.228mg Mackerel
Histidine 0.652mg 0.702mg Mackerel
Cholesterol 83mg 75mg Mackerel
Saturated Fat 4.176g Butterfish
Omega-3 - DHA 0.699g Mackerel
Omega-3 - EPA 0.504g Mackerel
Omega-3 - DPA 0.106g Mackerel
Monounsaturated Fat 7.006g Mackerel
Polyunsaturated fat 4.3g Mackerel

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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Butterfish Mackerel
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet Equal
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet Equal

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
44%
Butterfish
217%
Mackerel
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
55%
Butterfish
64%
Mackerel

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Mackerel
Mackerel contains less Sodium (difference - 31mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Mackerel
Mackerel is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 8mg)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Mackerel
Mackerel is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Butterfish
Butterfish is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 4.176g)
Which food is cheaper?
Butterfish
Butterfish is cheaper (difference - $7)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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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

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Butterfish - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174231/nutrients
  2. Mackerel - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/175120/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.