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Cod liver oil vs Butter - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Cod liver oil and Butter

  • Cod liver oil is richer in Vitamin A, Monounsaturated Fat, and Polyunsaturated fat, yet Butter is richer in Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin A from Cod liver oil is 3257% higher.
  • Cod liver oil contains 7 times more Polyunsaturated fat than Butter. Cod liver oil contains 22.541g of Polyunsaturated fat, while Butter contains 3.01g.
  • Butter contains less Cholesterol.

Food types used in this article are Fish oil, cod liver 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
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Butter
Contains less Sodium -100%
Contains more Iron +∞%
Contains more Calcium +∞%
Contains more Potassium +∞%
Contains more Magnesium +∞%
Contains more Copper +∞%
Contains more Zinc +∞%
Contains more Phosphorus +∞%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 1% 8% 3% 2% 6% 3% 11% 2%
Contains less Sodium -100%
Contains more Iron +∞%
Contains more Calcium +∞%
Contains more Potassium +∞%
Contains more Magnesium +∞%
Contains more Copper +∞%
Contains more Zinc +∞%
Contains more Phosphorus +∞%

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
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Butter
Contains more Vitamin A +3901.6%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 6000% 0% 7500% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
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 A +3901.6%
Contains more Vitamin D +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%

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
1125
Cod liver oil
21
Butter
Mineral Summary Score
0
Cod liver oil
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
0%
Cod liver oil
5%
Butter
Carbohydrates
0%
Cod liver oil
0%
Butter
Fats
462%
Cod liver oil
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.
Cod liver oil Butter
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in glycemic index Equal

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Cod liver oil 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 Sugar?
Cod liver oil
Cod liver oil is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.06g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Cod liver oil
Cod liver oil contains less Sodium (difference - 11mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Cod liver oil
Cod liver oil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 27.881g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Butter
Butter is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 355mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Butter
Butter is cheaper (difference - $3.4)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Butter
Butter is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Butter
Butter is relatively richer in vitamins
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 Cod liver oil Butter Opinion
Calories 902 717 Cod liver oil
Protein 0 0.85 Butter
Fats 100 81.11 Cod liver oil
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 0 0.06 Butter
Cholesterol 570 215 Butter
Vitamin D 10000 0 Cod liver oil
Iron 0 0.02 Butter
Calcium 0 24 Butter
Potassium 0 24 Butter
Magnesium 0 2 Butter
Sugar 0.06 Cod liver oil
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0 0.016 Butter
Zinc 0 0.09 Butter
Starch
Phosphorus 0 24 Butter
Sodium 0 11 Cod liver oil
Vitamin A 100000 2499 Cod liver oil
Vitamin E 2.32 Butter
Vitamin D 250 0 Cod liver oil
Vitamin B1 0.005 Butter
Vitamin B2 0 0.034 Butter
Vitamin B3 0 0.042 Butter
Vitamin B5 0 0.11 Butter
Vitamin B6 0 0.003 Butter
Vitamin B12 0 0.17 Butter
Vitamin K 7 Butter
Folate 0 3 Butter
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 22.608 50.489 Cod liver oil
Monounsaturated Fat 46.711 23.43 Cod liver oil
Polyunsaturated fat 22.541 3.01 Cod liver oil
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

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. Cod liver oil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173577/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.