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Flour vs Butter - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Flour and Butter?

  • Flour is richer in Vitamin B1, Selenium, Iron, Folate, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B2, and Manganese, yet Butter is richer in Vitamin A.
  • Butter's daily need coverage for Saturated Fat is 252% higher.
  • Flour has 232 times more Iron than Butter. Flour has 4.64mg of Iron, while Butter has 0.02mg.
  • Flour contains less Saturated Fat.

We used Wheat flour, white, all-purpose, enriched, bleached and Butter, without salt types in this comparison.

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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
Flour
7
:
1
Butter
Contains more Iron +23100%
Contains more Potassium +345.8%
Contains more Magnesium +1000%
Contains more Copper +800%
Contains more Zinc +677.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +350%
Contains less Sodium -81.8%
Contains more Calcium +60%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 174% 5% 10% 16% 48% 20% 47% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 1% 8% 3% 2% 6% 3% 11% 2%
Contains more Iron +23100%
Contains more Potassium +345.8%
Contains more Magnesium +1000%
Contains more Copper +800%
Contains more Zinc +677.8%
Contains more Phosphorus +350%
Contains less Sodium -81.8%
Contains more Calcium +60%

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
Flour
6
:
4
Butter
Contains more Vitamin B1 +15600%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +1352.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +13957.1%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +298.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1366.7%
Contains more Folate +6000%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +3766.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
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% 0% 2% 0% 197% 114% 111% 27% 11% 0% 1% 138%
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 B1 +15600%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +1352.9%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +13957.1%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +298.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +1366.7%
Contains more Folate +6000%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin E +3766.7%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
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
50
Flour
21
Butter
Mineral Summary Score
40
Flour
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
62%
Flour
5%
Butter
Carbohydrates
76%
Flour
0%
Butter
Fats
5%
Flour
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.
Flour Butter
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in vitamins Equal

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Flour
Flour is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 215mg)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Flour
Flour contains less Sodium (difference - 9mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Flour
Flour is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 50.334g)
Which food is cheaper?
Flour
Flour is cheaper (difference - $0.6)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Flour
Flour is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Butter
Butter is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.21g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Butter
Butter is lower in glycemic index (difference - 72)
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.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Flour Butter Opinion
Calories 364 717 Butter
Protein 10.33 0.85 Flour
Fats 0.98 81.11 Butter
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 76.31 0.06 Flour
Cholesterol 0 215 Flour
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 4.64 0.02 Flour
Calcium 15 24 Butter
Potassium 107 24 Flour
Magnesium 22 2 Flour
Sugar 0.27 0.06 Butter
Fiber 2.7 0 Flour
Copper 0.144 0.016 Flour
Zinc 0.7 0.09 Flour
Starch
Phosphorus 108 24 Flour
Sodium 2 11 Flour
Vitamin A 0 2499 Butter
Vitamin E 0.06 2.32 Butter
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.785 0.005 Flour
Vitamin B2 0.494 0.034 Flour
Vitamin B3 5.904 0.042 Flour
Vitamin B5 0.438 0.11 Flour
Vitamin B6 0.044 0.003 Flour
Vitamin B12 0 0.17 Butter
Vitamin K 0.3 7 Butter
Folate 183 3 Flour
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 0.155 50.489 Flour
Monounsaturated Fat 0.087 23.43 Butter
Polyunsaturated fat 0.413 3.01 Butter
Tryptophan 0.127 0.012 Flour
Threonine 0.281 0.038 Flour
Isoleucine 0.357 0.051 Flour
Leucine 0.71 0.083 Flour
Lysine 0.228 0.067 Flour
Methionine 0.183 0.021 Flour
Phenylalanine 0.52 0.041 Flour
Valine 0.415 0.057 Flour
Histidine 0.23 0.023 Flour
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. Flour - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168894/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.