What Is the Difference Between Butter and Ghee?

Reviewed on 5/7/2021

The difference between butter and ghee is listed below.
Ghee is clarified butter commonly used in Indian and Pakistani cuisines. It is made from butter obtained from cow or buffalo milk.

The difference between butter and ghee is listed below.

The difference between butter and ghee chart
Difference Ghee Butter
Burning point Higher (485°F) Lower (350°F)
Lactose-free Yes No
Fat concentration Slightly higher Slightly lower
Dairy proteins Slightly lower Slightly higher
Nutrients

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Vitamin K

Vitamin E

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Calcium

What is ghee?

Ghee is clarified butter commonly used in Indian and Pakistani cuisines. It is made from butter obtained from cow or buffalo milk. Cow milk butter is heated on low heat until water evaporates, leaving behind milk solids. The solids are skimmed or strained if needed. The remnant is clarified liquid fat known as ghee.

Ghee has a higher burning point, making it favorable for frying and sautéing. Unlike butter, ghee retains most of the nutrients because it is treated with low heat (usually less than 100°).

100 grams of ghee consists of the following. (See the below chart)

Nutrition of 100 grams of ghee information chart
Name Amount Unit
Water 0.24 gram
Energy 876 Kcal
Total lipid (fat) 99.48 gram
Protein 0.28 gram
Calcium, Ca 4 Mg
Phosphorus, P 3 Mg
Potassium, K 5 Mg
Sodium, Na 2 Mg
Zinc, Zn 0.01 Mg
Copper, Cu 0.001 Mg
Thiamin 0.001 Mg
Riboflavin 0.005 Mg
Niacin 0.003 Mg
Vitamin B6 0.001 Mg
Choline, total 22.3 Mg
Vitamin B12 0.01 µg
Vitamin A, RAE 840 µg
Retinol 824 µg
Carotene, beta 193 µg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 2.8 Mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 8.6 µg
Fatty acids, total saturated 61.924 gram
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 28.732 gram
 

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

3.694 gram
Cholesterol 256 Mg

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What is butter?

Butter is a dairy product made from proteins and fats found in milk and cream. Butter is made at home by churning milk or cream to separate fat globules from the buttermilk. Sometimes, salt and food colors may also be added to butter. One tablespoon of unsalted butter consists of the following.

Nutrition of one tablespoon of unsalted butter information chart
Name Amount Unit Percent DV
Energy 100 kcal
Protein 0 gram
Total lipid (fat) 11 gram 17
Carbohydrate, by the difference 0 gram
Sodium, Na 1.96 Mg
Vitamin A, IU 400 IU 8
Fatty acids, total saturated 7 gram 36
Fatty acids, total trans 0 gram
Cholesterol 30 mg 10

What are the health benefits of ghee?

According to research, ghee has innumerable benefits because of the way it is cooked. Some of the benefits of ghee when consumed in moderation include

  • Used as an emollient for chapped lips and skin
  • Soothes inflammation within the body (gastric ulcers)
  • May help reduce excess weight gain (by inducing satiety)
  • Protects the heart and can help reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels if taken in minimal amounts
  • Beneficial for lactose-intolerant people
  • Aids healthy digestion
  • Used as a solvent for many ayurvedic medications (Indian alternative medication) used in the treatment of diseases

What are the health benefits of butter?

Butter, if consumed in moderation, can be a healthy part of a person’s diet because of the presence of calcium and compounds that combat obesity. Some of the benefits of butter when consumed in moderation include

What are the potential risks of ghee and butter?

Butter and ghee, if consumed in moderation, are healthy. However, if consumed in excess, they can lead to weight gain and obesity. Both ghee and butter should be consumed with caution by people with heart diseases.

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References
https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-butter#1

https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/1103844/nutrients

https://www.webmd.com/diet/ghee-good-for-you#1

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339499398_Ghee_Its_Properties_Importance_and_Health_Benefits

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