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Differences Between Oil and Butter

Oil vs Butter

Many people are quite concerned with the types of food they eat, and some are even more so when it comes to what was used when cooking their food. This is why this article will tackle the differences between oil and butter and what information you should be aware of. These days, it is quite important to know that the foods you get to eat, especially if you eat out, are prepared in a healthy manner, using ingredients that are good for you. Two of the more common ingredients that dominate the kitchen are butter and oil. How is butter better than oil and at the same time, how is oil better than butter? Is there any difference? Taste-wise? Health-wise?

What constitutes butter?

Butter is a thick and condensed source of milk fat constituting around eighty percent, which includes water and non-fat milk solids. Butter is made from milk or cream, and sometimes, it is made out of both milk and cream.

Butter also contains saturated fatty acids.

Butter is also considered a dairy product and this is prepared by churning fresh cream. More often than not, butter is used aa a condiment and it is also used for cooking, together with oil and margarine.

Butter is pale yellow in color, but sometimes comes in a deep yellow or can be almost white in appearance. Because some brands of butter are prepared and sold in commercial manufacturing, the color can easily be manipulated.

In terms of flavor, many chefs and mommies prefer the use of butter because, while it has fats associated to it, the flavor that it offers cannot be matched. Best of all, when butter is used in cooking, like sautéing vegetables, the flavor is much complemented and enhanced.

What are saturated fatty acids?

In layman’s terms, these are fats that cannot be broken down in the body. So they are stored and collected in different parts of the body. This is why many dieticians suggest that you do away from foods that have butter as part of the ingredients. Your body already has saturated fats to begin with, and eating food that has saturated fatty acids would certainly increase health problems. High cholesterol is the first problem and probably the highest in the list when you eat foods that have too much saturated fatty acids.

What is oil?

Oil is another ingredient typically used when cooking. There are certainly many types of oil like coconut oil, sesame oil, and olive oil, to name a few. Some people prefer the use of oil when cooking because of the range of health benefits, not to mention the range of flavors that it applies to the food cooked when used. Because there are simply too many types of oil that are being used as an alternative, there are few studies that back up their benefits, except probably for olive oil.


Whereas butter is constituted to have saturated fatty acids, oil has unsaturated fatty acids.

What is cooking oil?

When talking about cooking oil, when used for frying, baking, or other types of cooking, it is from plant, animal, or synthetic fat. Some use it for salads, bread dip, and as dressing. This is called edible oil.

Cooking oil is liquid in form. Some oils, though, solidify when placed at room temperature. Examples of such oil that solidify are coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil. Cooking oil includes:

Sunflower oil
Corn oil
Olive oil
Soybean oil
Canola oil

Oil can be given taste when additional ingredients are mixed together with it, like herbs, garlic, and chili seasoning, to name a few.


Butter has saturated fatty acids, oil has lesser, depending on the type of oil.
Butter is usually in solid form, oil is in liquid form, based on most of the preparations found.
Butter has much to offer in terms of flavor.
Oil has much to offer in terms of health.

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