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Egg vs Butter - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Egg and Butter

  • Egg is richer in Copper, Selenium, Choline, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, and Phosphorus, yet Butter is richer in Vitamin A.
  • Daily need coverage for Saturated Fat from Butter is 236% higher.
  • Egg contains 125 times more Copper than Butter. Egg contains 2mg of Copper, while Butter contains 0.016mg.
  • Butter contains less Cholesterol.

Food types used in this article are Egg, whole, cooked, hard-boiled and Butter, without salt.

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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
Egg
7
:
1
Butter
Contains more Iron +5850%
Contains more Calcium +108.3%
Contains more Potassium +425%
Contains more Magnesium +400%
Contains more Copper +12400%
Contains more Zinc +1066.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +616.7%
Contains less Sodium -91.1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 45% 15% 12% 8% 667% 29% 74% 17%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 1% 8% 3% 2% 6% 3% 11% 2%
Contains more Iron +5850%
Contains more Calcium +108.3%
Contains more Potassium +425%
Contains more Magnesium +400%
Contains more Copper +12400%
Contains more Zinc +1066.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +616.7%
Contains less Sodium -91.1%

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
Egg
8
:
3
Butter
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1220%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +1408.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +52.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +1170.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +3933.3%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +552.9%
Contains more Folate +1366.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +380.6%
Contains more Vitamin E +125.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +2233.3%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 32% 21% 67% 17% 119% 2% 84% 28% 139% 1% 33%
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%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1220%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +1408.8%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +52.4%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +1170.9%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +3933.3%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +552.9%
Contains more Folate +1366.7%
Contains more Vitamin A +380.6%
Contains more Vitamin E +125.2%
Contains more Vitamin K +2233.3%

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
45
Egg
21
Butter
Mineral Summary Score
108
Egg
4
Butter

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
75%
Egg
5%
Butter
Carbohydrates
1%
Egg
0%
Butter
Fats
49%
Egg
374%
Butter

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

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Egg Butter
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Egg
Egg is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 47.222g)
Which food is cheaper?
Egg
Egg is cheaper (difference - $0.6)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Egg
Egg is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Egg
Egg is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Butter
Butter is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 158mg)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Butter
Butter is lower in Sugar (difference - 1.06g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Butter
Butter contains less Sodium (difference - 113mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Egg Butter Opinion
Calories 155 717 Butter
Protein 12.58 0.85 Egg
Fats 10.61 81.11 Butter
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 1.12 0.06 Egg
Cholesterol 373 215 Butter
Vitamin D 87 0 Egg
Iron 1.19 0.02 Egg
Calcium 50 24 Egg
Potassium 126 24 Egg
Magnesium 10 2 Egg
Sugar 1.12 0.06 Butter
Fiber 0 0
Copper 2 0.016 Egg
Zinc 1.05 0.09 Egg
Starch
Phosphorus 172 24 Egg
Sodium 124 11 Butter
Vitamin A 520 2499 Butter
Vitamin E 1.03 2.32 Butter
Vitamin D 2.2 0 Egg
Vitamin B1 0.066 0.005 Egg
Vitamin B2 0.513 0.034 Egg
Vitamin B3 0.064 0.042 Egg
Vitamin B5 1.398 0.11 Egg
Vitamin B6 0.121 0.003 Egg
Vitamin B12 1.11 0.17 Egg
Vitamin K 0.3 7 Butter
Folate 44 3 Egg
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 3.267 50.489 Egg
Monounsaturated Fat 4.077 23.43 Butter
Polyunsaturated fat 1.414 3.01 Butter
Tryptophan 0.153 0.012 Egg
Threonine 0.604 0.038 Egg
Isoleucine 0.686 0.051 Egg
Leucine 1.075 0.083 Egg
Lysine 0.904 0.067 Egg
Methionine 0.392 0.021 Egg
Phenylalanine 0.668 0.041 Egg
Valine 0.767 0.057 Egg
Histidine 0.298 0.023 Egg
Fructose

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. Egg - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173424/nutrients
  2. Butter - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173430/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.