Butter, Unsalted vs. Heavy Cream

Nutrition comparison of Butter, Unsalted and Heavy Cream


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

We compared the nutritional contents of butter, unsalted versus heavy cream (100g each) below using 2019 USDA and NIH data[1].

You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.


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Calories and Carbs

calories

Both heavy cream and butter, unsalted are high in calories - heavy cream has 340kcal of calories per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 717kcal of calories.

sugar

Heavy cream and butter, unsalted contain similar amounts of sugar - heavy cream has 2.9g of sugar per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 0.06g of sugar.

Protein

protein

Heavy cream has more protein than butter, unsalted - heavy cream has 2.8g of protein per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 0.85g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both heavy cream and butter, unsalted are high in saturated fat - heavy cream has 23g of saturated fat per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 50.5g of saturated fat.

trans fat

Heavy cream has more trans fat than butter, unsalted - heavy cream has 1.2g of trans fat per 100 grams and butter, unsalted does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Heavy cream and butter, unsalted contain similar amounts of Vitamin C - heavy cream has 0.6mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and butter, unsalted does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin A

Both heavy cream and butter, unsalted are high in Vitamin A - heavy cream has 411ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 684ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin D

Heavy cream has signficantly more Vitamin D than butter, unsalted - heavy cream has 63iu of Vitamin D per 100 grams and butter, unsalted does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Heavy cream and butter, unsalted contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - heavy cream has 0.92mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 2.3mg of Vitamin E.

The B Vitamins

Heavy cream has more thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and vitamin b6. Both butter, unsalted and heavy cream contain significant amounts of folate and vitamin b12.

Butter, Unsalted Heavy Cream
Thiamin 0.005 MG 0.02 MG
Riboflavin 0.034 MG 0.188 MG
Niacin 0.042 MG 0.064 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.11 MG 0.495 MG
Vitamin B6 0.003 MG 0.035 MG
Folate 3 UG 4 UG
Vitamin B12 0.17 UG 0.16 UG

Minerals

calcium

Heavy cream is a excellent source of calcium and it has more calcium than butter, unsalted - heavy cream has 66mg of calcium per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 24mg of calcium.

iron

Heavy cream and butter, unsalted contain similar amounts of iron - heavy cream has 0.1mg of iron per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 0.02mg of iron.

potassium

Heavy cream has more potassium than butter, unsalted - heavy cream has 95mg 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 has more beta-carotene than heavy cream per 100 grams.

Butter, Unsalted Heavy Cream
beta-carotene 158 UG 72 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

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

Butter, Unsalted Heavy Cream
alpha linoleic acid 1.18 G 0.128 G
EPA ~ 0.009 G
DPA ~ 0.02 G
Total 1.18 G 0.157 G

omega 6s

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

Butter, Unsalted Heavy Cream
other omega 6 ~ 0.039 G
linoleic acid 1.83 G 1.294 G
Total 1.83 G 1.333 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 Heavy Cream (Cream, fluid, heavy whipping) .

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