Cheddar Cheese vs. Turkey

Nutrition comparison of Cheddar Cheese and Cooked Turkey


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

We compared the nutritional contents of cheddar cheese versus cooked turkey (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in cheddar cheese and turkey:

  • Both turkey and cheddar cheese are high in calories and protein.
  • Cheddar cheese is an excellent source of Vitamin A and calcium.
  • For omega-3 fatty acids, cheddar cheese has more dpa than turkey.
  • Turkey has more niacin, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B6, however, cheddar cheese contains more folate.
  • Turkey is a great source of potassium.
Detailed nutritional comparison of cheddar cheese and turkey is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Cheddar Cheese (Cheese, cheddar) and Turkey (Turkey, whole, meat and skin, cooked, roasted) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Both turkey and cheddar cheese are high in calories. Cheddar cheese has 113% more calories than turkey - turkey has 189 calories per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 403 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, cheddar cheese is much lighter in protein, much heavier in fat and similar to turkey for carbs. Cheddar cheese has a macronutrient ratio of 23:3:74 and for turkey, 63:0:37 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Cheddar Cheese Turkey
Protein 23% 63%
Carbohydrates 3% ~
Fat 74% 37%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Both turkey and cheddar cheese are low in carbohydrates - turkey has 0.06g of total carbs per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 3.4g of carbohydrates.

sugar

Cheddar cheese and turkey contain similar amounts of sugar - cheddar cheese has 0.48g of sugar per 100 grams and turkey does not contain significant amounts.



Protein

protein

Both turkey and cheddar cheese are high in protein. Turkey has 25% more protein than cheddar cheese - turkey has 28.6g of protein per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 22.9g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Cheddar cheese is high in saturated fat and turkey has 89% less saturated fat than cheddar cheese - turkey has 2.2g of saturated fat per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 18.9g of saturated fat.

trans fat

Both turkey and cheddar cheese are low in trans fat - turkey has 0.1g of trans fat per 100 grams and cheddar cheese does not contain significant amounts.

cholesterol

Turkey and cheddar cheese contain similar amounts of cholesterol - turkey has 109mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 99mg of cholesterol.

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Cheddar cheese is an excellent source of Vitamin A and it has 27 times more Vitamin A than turkey - turkey has 12ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 337ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin D

Turkey and cheddar cheese contain similar amounts of Vitamin D - turkey has 15iu of Vitamin D per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 24iu of Vitamin D.

Vitamin E

Turkey and cheddar cheese contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - turkey has 0.07mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 0.71mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Cheddar cheese and turkey contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - cheddar cheese has 2.4ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and turkey does not contain significant amounts.

The B Vitamins

Turkey has more niacin, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B6, however, cheddar cheese contains more folate. Both cheddar cheese and turkey contain significant amounts of thiamin, riboflavin and Vitamin B12.

Cheddar Cheese Turkey
Thiamin 0.029 MG 0.045 MG
Riboflavin 0.428 MG 0.281 MG
Niacin 0.059 MG 9.573 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.41 MG 0.948 MG
Vitamin B6 0.066 MG 0.616 MG
Folate 27 UG 9 UG
Vitamin B12 1.1 UG 1.02 UG

Minerals

calcium

Cheddar cheese is an excellent source of calcium and it has 49 times more calcium than turkey - turkey has 14mg of calcium per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 710mg of calcium.

iron

Turkey has 679% more iron than cheddar cheese - turkey has 1.1mg of iron per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 0.14mg of iron.

potassium

Turkey is a great source of potassium and it has 214% more potassium than cheddar cheese - turkey has 239mg of potassium per 100 grams and cheddar cheese has 76mg of potassium.

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, cheddar cheese has more DPA than turkey per 100 grams. Both cheddar cheese and turkey contain significant amounts of alpha linoleic acid (ALA).

Cheddar Cheese Turkey
alpha linoleic acid 0.114 G 0.108 G
DHA 0.001 G 0.005 G
EPA 0.01 G 0.008 G
DPA 0.017 G 0.008 G
Total 0.142 G 0.129 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, both cheddar cheese and turkey contain significant amounts of linoleic acid.

Cheddar Cheese Turkey
other omega 6 0.036 G 0.01 G
linoleic acid 1.171 G 1.873 G
Total 1.207 G 1.883 G



Customize your serving size


The comparison below is by weight, but sometimes 100g isn't that intuitive of a measurement for food. View a custom portion comparison (e.g. cups, oz, package).

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Note: The specific food items compared are: Cheddar Cheese (Cheese, cheddar) and Turkey (Turkey, whole, meat and skin, cooked, roasted) .

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