Cheddar Cheese vs. Mozzarella Cheese

Both cheeses are high in protein and calcium with mozzarella containing a bit more calcium than cheddar.  Cheddar cheese tends to contain more fat and calories per a one ounce serving.

WHICH CHEESE TO CUT:  Both of these cheese use the same four basic ingredients (milk, salt, bacteria, and rennet), are high in protein and calcium, and gluten free.  Cheddar cheese ranks among one of the highest cheeses for fat and sodium content.  If you are following a diet that restricts sodium and saturated fat (for example, cardiac diet or heart healthy diet) cheddar cheese may not be the best choice for you.  Mozzarella cheese has the same amount of protein per a one ounce serving, but has significantly higher calcium (22% of your daily value).  Both cheeses melt well and can be used in a variety of ways: dips, on sandwiches, on pizza, etc.  Cheddar has a bite to it while mozzarella is milder in taste.

Cheese contains saturated fat, which should be consumed in moderation, so paying attention to serving sizes is the best option.

Who wins? Both are too similiar to decide!

TIP:  when choosing cheese look at the nutrition label and try picking one high in protein, lower in sodium (less than 200 mg), and lower in fat (less than 5 grams).  Always read the serving size- most serving sizes are smaller than what people normally consume.  One ounce of cheese is about the size of 4 dice!

Julia E. Salomón, MS, RDN, CD; Community Health Improvement Leader, Affinity Health System 
Taylor Gawlik, Dietetic Intern, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay