Cheddar Cheese vs. Parmesan Cheese

Nutrition comparison of Cheddar Cheese and Parmesan Cheese


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

We compared the nutritional contents of cheddar cheese versus parmesan cheese (100g each) below using 2019 USDA and NIH data[1].

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Calories and Carbs

calories

Both parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese are high in calories - parmesan cheese has 392kcal of calories per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 403kcal of calories.

sugar

Parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese contain similar amounts of sugar - parmesan cheese has 0.11g of sugar per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 0.48g of sugar.

Protein

protein

Both parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese are high in protein - parmesan cheese has 35.8g of protein per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 22.9g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese are high in saturated fat - parmesan cheese has 14.9g of saturated fat per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 18.9g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Both parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese are high in Vitamin A - parmesan cheese has 207ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 337ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin D

Parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese contain similar amounts of Vitamin D - parmesan cheese has 19iu of Vitamin D per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 24iu of Vitamin D.

Vitamin E

Parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - parmesan cheese has 0.22mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 0.71mg of Vitamin E.

The B Vitamins

Parmesan cheese has more niacin, however, cheddar cheese contains more folate. Both cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese contain significant amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin b6 and vitamin b12.

Cheddar Cheese Parmesan Cheese
Thiamin 0.029 MG 0.039 MG
Riboflavin 0.428 MG 0.332 MG
Niacin 0.059 MG 0.271 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.41 MG 0.453 MG
Vitamin B6 0.066 MG 0.091 MG
Folate 27 UG 7 UG
Vitamin B12 1.1 UG 1.2 UG

Minerals

calcium

Both parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese are high in calcium - parmesan cheese has 1184mg of calcium per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 710mg of calcium.

iron

Parmesan cheese has more iron than cheddar cheese - parmesan cheese has 0.82mg of iron per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 0.14mg of iron.

potassium

Parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese contain similar amounts of potassium - parmesan cheese has 92mg of potassium per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 76mg of potassium.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

carotenoids

Carotenoids are micronutrients commonly found in plants and some animal products. An example is beta-carotene, the notable carotenoid which is a popular source of Vitamin A.[4][5]
For specific types of carotenoids, both cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese contain significant amounts of beta-carotene.

Cheddar Cheese Parmesan Cheese
beta-carotene 85 UG 66 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, Parmesan cheese has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) than cheddar cheese per 100 grams, however, cheddar cheese contains more dpa than parmesan cheese per 100 grams.

Cheddar Cheese Parmesan Cheese
alpha linoleic acid 0.114 G 0.297 G
DHA 0.001 G ~
EPA 0.01 G ~
DPA 0.017 G ~
Total 0.142 G 0.297 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, cheddar cheese has more linoleic acid than parmesan cheese per 100 grams.

Cheddar Cheese Parmesan Cheese
other omega 6 0.036 G ~
linoleic acid 1.171 G 0.272 G
Total 1.207 G 0.272 G

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Note: The specific food items compared are: Cheddar Cheese (Cheese, cheddar) and Parmesan Cheese (Cheese, parmesan, hard) .

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