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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 RAE.
  • 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 Magnesium +1000%
Contains more Phosphorus +350%
Contains more Potassium +345.8%
Contains less Sodium -81.8%
Contains more Zinc +677.8%
Contains more Copper +800%
Contains more Calcium +60%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 5% 174% 16% 47% 10% 1% 20% 48%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 8% 1% 2% 11% 3% 2% 3% 6%
Contains more Iron +23100%
Contains more Magnesium +1000%
Contains more Phosphorus +350%
Contains more Potassium +345.8%
Contains less Sodium -81.8%
Contains more Zinc +677.8%
Contains more Copper +800%
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 A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 2% 0% 0% 197% 114% 111% 27% 11% 138% 0% 1%
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%
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%

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 Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol 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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Flour Butter Opinion
Net carbs 73.61g 0.06g Flour
Protein 10.33g 0.85g Flour
Fats 0.98g 81.11g Butter
Carbs 76.31g 0.06g Flour
Calories 364kcal 717kcal Butter
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar 0.27g 0.06g Butter
Fiber 2.7g 0g Flour
Calcium 15mg 24mg Butter
Iron 4.64mg 0.02mg Flour
Magnesium 22mg 2mg Flour
Phosphorus 108mg 24mg Flour
Potassium 107mg 24mg Flour
Sodium 2mg 11mg Flour
Zinc 0.7mg 0.09mg Flour
Copper 0.144mg 0.016mg Flour
Vitamin A 0IU 2499IU Butter
Vitamin E 0.06mg 2.32mg Butter
Vitamin D 0IU 0IU
Vitamin D 0µg 0µg
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0.785mg 0.005mg Flour
Vitamin B2 0.494mg 0.034mg Flour
Vitamin B3 5.904mg 0.042mg Flour
Vitamin B5 0.438mg 0.11mg Flour
Vitamin B6 0.044mg 0.003mg Flour
Folate 183µg 3µg Flour
Vitamin B12 0µg 0.17µg Butter
Vitamin K 0.3µg 7µg Butter
Tryptophan 0.127mg 0.012mg Flour
Threonine 0.281mg 0.038mg Flour
Isoleucine 0.357mg 0.051mg Flour
Leucine 0.71mg 0.083mg Flour
Lysine 0.228mg 0.067mg Flour
Methionine 0.183mg 0.021mg Flour
Phenylalanine 0.52mg 0.041mg Flour
Valine 0.415mg 0.057mg Flour
Histidine 0.23mg 0.023mg Flour
Cholesterol 0mg 215mg Flour
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 0.155g 50.489g Flour
Monounsaturated Fat 0.087g 23.43g Butter
Polyunsaturated fat 0.413g 3.01g Butter

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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

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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
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

Which food contains less Sodium?
Flour
Flour contains less Sodium (difference - 9mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Flour
Flour is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 215mg)
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.

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.