Butter, Unsalted vs. Cream Cheese

Nutrition comparison of Butter, Unsalted and Cream Cheese


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of butter, unsalted versus cream cheese (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in butter, unsalted and cream cheese:

  • Both cream cheese and butter, unsalted are high in Vitamin A, calories and saturated fat.
  • Cream cheese has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B6.
  • Cream cheese is an excellent source of calcium.
Detailed nutritional comparison of butter, unsalted and cream cheese is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Butter, Unsalted (Butter, without salt) and Cream Cheese (Cheese, cream) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Both cream cheese and butter, unsalted are high in calories. Butter, unsalted has 105% more calories than cream cheese - cream cheese has 350 calories per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 717 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, butter, unsalted is lighter in protein, lighter in carbs and heavier in fat compared to cream cheese per calorie. Butter, unsalted has a macronutrient ratio of 0:0:100 and for cream cheese, 7:6:87 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Butter, Unsalted Cream Cheese
Protein ~ 7%
Carbohydrates ~ 6%
Fat 100% 87%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Cream cheese and butter, unsalted contain similar amounts carbs - cream cheese has 5.5g of total carbs per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 0.06g of carbohydrates.

sugar

Cream cheese and butter, unsalted contain similar amounts of sugar - cream cheese has 3.8g of sugar per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 0.06g of sugar.



Protein

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Cream cheese has 624% more protein than butter, unsalted - cream cheese has 6.2g of protein per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 0.85g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both cream cheese and butter, unsalted are high in saturated fat. Butter, unsalted has 150% more saturated fat than cream cheese - cream cheese has 20.2g of saturated fat per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 50.5g of saturated fat.

trans fat

Butter, unsalted has less trans fat than cream cheese - cream cheese has 1.2g of trans fat per 100 grams and butter, unsalted does not contain significant amounts.

cholesterol

Butter, unsalted is high in cholesterol and cream cheese has 53% less cholesterol than butter, unsalted - cream cheese has 101mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 215mg of cholesterol.

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Both cream cheese and butter, unsalted are high in Vitamin A. Butter, unsalted has 122% more Vitamin A than cream cheese - cream cheese has 308ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 684ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin E

Butter, unsalted has 170% more Vitamin E than cream cheese - cream cheese has 0.86mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 2.3mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Cream cheese and butter, unsalted contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - cream cheese has 2.1ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 7ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

Cream cheese has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B6. Both butter, unsalted and cream cheese contain significant amounts of folate and Vitamin B12.

Butter, Unsalted Cream Cheese
Thiamin 0.005 MG 0.023 MG
Riboflavin 0.034 MG 0.23 MG
Niacin 0.042 MG 0.091 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.11 MG 0.517 MG
Vitamin B6 0.003 MG 0.056 MG
Folate 3 UG 9 UG
Vitamin B12 0.17 UG 0.22 UG

Minerals

calcium

Cream cheese is an excellent source of calcium and it has 304% more calcium than butter, unsalted - cream cheese has 97mg of calcium per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 24mg of calcium.

iron

Cream cheese and butter, unsalted contain similar amounts of iron - cream cheese has 0.11mg of iron per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 0.02mg of iron.

potassium

Cream cheese has 450% more potassium than butter, unsalted - cream cheese has 132mg of potassium per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 24mg of potassium.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

carotenoids

Carotenoids are micronutrients commonly found in plants and some animal products. An example is beta-carotene, the notable carotenoid which is a popular source of Vitamin A.[4][5]

For specific types of carotenoids,

Butter, Unsalted Cream Cheese
beta-carotene 158 UG 59 UG
alpha-carotene ~ 1 UG
lutein + zeaxanthin ~ 7 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, butter, unsalted has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) than cream cheese per 100 grams, however, cream cheese contains more dpa than butter, unsalted per 100 grams.

Butter, Unsalted Cream Cheese
alpha linoleic acid 1.18 G 0.131 G
EPA ~ 0.01 G
DPA ~ 0.02 G
Total 1.18 G 0.161 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, both butter, unsalted and cream cheese contain significant amounts of linoleic acid.

Butter, Unsalted Cream Cheese
other omega 6 ~ 0.036 G
linoleic acid 1.83 G 1.212 G
Total 1.83 G 1.248 G



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The comparison below is by common portions, e.g. cups, packages. You can also see a more concrete comparison by weight at equal weight (by grams) comparison.

Note: The specific food items compared are: Butter, Unsalted (Butter, without salt) and Cream Cheese (Cheese, cream) .

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