Butter, Unsalted vs. Vegetable Oil

Nutrition comparison of Butter, Unsalted and Vegetable Oil


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

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

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in butter, unsalted and vegetable oil:

  • Both vegetable oil and butter, unsalted are high in calories and saturated fat.
  • Butter, unsalted has more riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate and Vitamin B12.
  • Butter, unsalted is an excellent source of Vitamin A.
Detailed nutritional comparison of butter, unsalted and vegetable oil 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 Vegetable Oil (Vegetable oil, palm kernel) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Both vegetable oil and butter, unsalted are high in calories. Vegetable oil has 20% more calories than butter, unsalted - vegetable oil has 862 calories per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 717 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, butter, unsalted is similar to vegetable oil for protein, carbs and fat. Butter, unsalted has a macronutrient ratio of 1:0:100 and for vegetable oil, 0:0:100 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Butter, Unsalted Vegetable Oil
Protein 1% ~
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Fat 100% 100%
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carbohydrates

Both butter, unsalted and vegetable oil are low in carbohydrates - butter, unsalted has 0.06g of total carbs per 100 grams and vegetable oil does not contain significant amounts.

sugar

Butter, unsalted and vegetable oil contain similar amounts of sugar - butter, unsalted has 0.06g of sugar per 100 grams and vegetable oil does not contain significant amounts.



Protein

protein

Butter, unsalted has more protein than vegetable oil - butter, unsalted has 0.85g of protein per 100 grams and vegetable oil does not contain significant amounts.

Fat

saturated fat

Both vegetable oil and butter, unsalted are high in saturated fat. Butter, unsalted has 519% more saturated fat than vegetable oil - vegetable oil has 8.2g of saturated fat per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 50.5g of saturated fat.

cholesterol

Butter, unsalted is high in cholesterol and vegetable oil has less cholesterol than butter, unsalted - butter, unsalted has 215mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and vegetable oil does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Butter, unsalted is an excellent source of Vitamin A and it has more Vitamin A than vegetable oil - butter, unsalted has 684ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and vegetable oil does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Vegetable oil has 64% more Vitamin E than butter, unsalted - vegetable oil has 3.8mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 2.3mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Vegetable oil and butter, unsalted contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - vegetable oil has 24.7ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and butter, unsalted has 7ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

Butter, unsalted has more riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate and Vitamin B12.

Butter, Unsalted Vegetable Oil
Thiamin 0.005 MG ~
Riboflavin 0.034 MG ~
Niacin 0.042 MG ~
Pantothenic acid 0.11 MG ~
Vitamin B6 0.003 MG ~
Folate 3 UG ~
Vitamin B12 0.17 UG ~

Minerals

calcium

Butter, unsalted has more calcium than vegetable oil - butter, unsalted has 24mg of calcium per 100 grams and vegetable oil does not contain significant amounts.

iron

Butter, unsalted and vegetable oil contain similar amounts of iron - butter, unsalted has 0.02mg of iron per 100 grams and vegetable oil does not contain significant amounts.

potassium

Butter, unsalted has more potassium than vegetable oil - butter, unsalted has 24mg of potassium per 100 grams and vegetable oil does not contain significant amounts.

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 6s

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

Butter, Unsalted Vegetable Oil
other omega 6 0.138 G ~
linoleic acid 1.83 G 1.6 G
Total 1.968 G 1.6 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 Vegetable Oil (Vegetable oil, palm kernel) .

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