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Kraft Shredded Cheese Breakdown

I'm not going to lie to you — I love cheese. I use it all the time to add a hint of flavor, protein, calcium, and cheesy goodness to my foods. I honestly believe that cheese makes everything better. I also love anything that makes my life easier, so every week, I buy bags of shredded cheese to sprinkle on my salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, and omelets.

When I walked down the dairy aisle, there's a huge variety of shredded cheeses, and I wondered how they compared nutritionally. So I decided to make this handy chart of Kraft shredded cheeses. For all the 8-ounce packages, the serving sizes varied between either seven, eight, or nine servings per bag. I did some calculations to make it easier to compare them, so all these numbers are based on 1-ounce serving sizes.

Serving Size = 1 ounce Calories Total Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Protein (g)
Mild Cheddar 112 9 6.8 25 33.8 1 6.8
Mild Cheddar Finely Shredded 110 9 6 25 180 1 6

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Serving Size = 1 ounce Calories Total Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Protein (g)
2% Milk Reduced Fat Mild Cheddar 80 6 3.5 20 230 1 7
Sharp Cheddar 123.8 10 6.8 28 180 1 6.8
Sharp Cheddar Finely Shredded 110 9 6 25 180 1 6
2% Milk Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar 80 6 3.5 20 230 1 7
Fat-Free Cheddar 45 0 0 5 280 1 9
Organic Cheddar (6 oz. bag) 120 10 6 30 180 1 6
Low Moisture Mozzarella 80 5 3.5 15 200 1 7
Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella 80 5 3.5 20 220 1 6
2% Milk Reduced Fat Mozzarella 70 4 2.5 15 200 1 8
Fat-Free Mozzarella 45 0 0 5 340 2 8
Organic Mozzarella (6 oz. bag) 80 5 3.5 15 200 1 7
Mozzarella and Parmesan 90 6 4 20 210 1 6
Monteray Jack 100 8 5 25 190 1 6
Colby & Monteray Jack 100 8 5 25 190 1 6
Colby & Monteray Jack Finely Shredded 100 8 5 25 190 1 6
2% Milk Reduced Fat Colby & Monteray Jack 80 5 3.5 15 230 1 7
Cheddar & Monteray Jack 100 8 6 25 170 1 6
Swiss 110 8 5 25 60 1 7
Mexican Cheddar Jack 110 9 5 25 190 1 6
2% Milk Reduced Fat Mexican Four Cheese 80 5 3.5 15 240 1 7
Mexican Cheddar Jack With Jalapeno Peppers 110 9 5 25 190 1 6
Mexican Taco 105 8.8 6.1 26 210 .9 6
Italian Style Five Cheese 90 6 3.5 20 240 1 7
Pizza Four Cheese 90 7 4.5 20 220 1 6
Pizza Mozzarella & Cheddar 90 7 4.5 20 200 1 6
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zoinks zoinks 8 years
Looks like its best to eat the regular or 2% stuff the fat free is pumped with extra sodium none of us need.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I always get 2% cheese.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I always get 2% cheese.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I use 1/4 regular to 3/4 lowfat. That way I still get the flavor and the payoff of the full fat version, but mixing it with the lowfat makes it slightly less guilt inducing. Except for mozz, though. I use fresh. I'm sure it's sickeningly unhealthy, but it's my treat food. I am right there with ilanac...if it weren't for cheese, I could handle going vegan, but as is, NOPE!
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I use 1/4 regular to 3/4 lowfat. That way I still get the flavor and the payoff of the full fat version, but mixing it with the lowfat makes it slightly less guilt inducing. Except for mozz, though. I use fresh. I'm sure it's sickeningly unhealthy, but it's my treat food. I am right there with ilanac...if it weren't for cheese, I could handle going vegan, but as is, NOPE!
esweet esweet 8 years
My husband and I use the fat free cheddar for tacos, soups, etc. and use the fat free mozz when we make pizzas - honestly, you don't miss much and it's so much better for you! Of course, I probably use twice as much as I would normally, so I don't think I save on the calories, but I do save on the fat...
emlod10 emlod10 8 years
all of that sodium just freaked me out! yuck.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
you just made my day with this - i'm a sucker for cheese and honestly, my love for the stuff is the only reason that i'm not a vegan by now. i think that it's great to see that the fat free cheddar and mozz are both soo within my diet right now
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I use 2% cheese for my husband for his mac and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. As myself, I removed cheese from my diet. Given my family history of heart disease (due to clogged arteries), it's better for me to avoid it.
jspeed jspeed 8 years
wow, I'm totally getting the 2% from now on. How does the part-skim mozzarella have more cholesterol than the regular though?
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