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Mozzarella vs Cheese - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Mozzarella and Cheese?

  • Mozzarella is richer in Phosphorus, while Cheese is higher in Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B2.
  • Cheese's daily need coverage for Saturated Fat is 40% higher.
  • Mozzarella is lower in Saturated Fat.

We used Cheese, mozzarella, low sodium and Cheese, cheddar types in this comparison.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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3
Cheese
Contains more Iron +78.6%
Contains more Potassium +25%
Contains more Phosphorus +15.2%
Contains less Sodium -97.5%
Contains more Copper +11.1%
Contains more Zinc +16.3%
Equal in Calcium - 710
Equal in Magnesium - 27
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 10% 220% 9% 19% 9% 86% 225% 3%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 6% 213% 7% 20% 10% 100% 195% 86%
Contains more Iron +78.6%
Contains more Potassium +25%
Contains more Phosphorus +15.2%
Contains less Sodium -97.5%
Contains more Copper +11.1%
Contains more Zinc +16.3%
Equal in Calcium - 710
Equal in Magnesium - 27

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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Cheese
Contains more Vitamin B3 +103.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +21.2%
Contains more Vitamin A +140.2%
Contains more Vitamin E +373.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +45%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +25.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +19.6%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.3%
Contains more Folate +200%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 32% 3% 9% 5% 79% 3% 0% 19% 115% 5% 7%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 75% 15% 18% 8% 99% 2% 25% 16% 138% 6% 21%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +103.4%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +21.2%
Contains more Vitamin A +140.2%
Contains more Vitamin E +373.3%
Contains more Vitamin D +100%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +45%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +25.9%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +19.6%
Contains more Vitamin K +33.3%
Contains more Folate +200%

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils human daily needs, the more the summary score is
Vitamin Summary Score
23
Mozzarella
35
Cheese
Mineral Summary Score
72
Mozzarella
79
Cheese

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Protein
165%
Mozzarella
137%
Cheese
Carbohydrates
3%
Mozzarella
3%
Cheese
Fats
79%
Mozzarella
154%
Cheese

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Mozzarella Cheese
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Sugars ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in price Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Mozzarella Cheese
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Mozzarella
Mozzarella is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 45mg)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Mozzarella
Mozzarella contains less Sodium (difference - 637mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Mozzarella
Mozzarella is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 8g)
Which food contains less Sugars?
Cheese
Cheese contains less Sugars (difference - 0.75g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Cheese
Cheese is lower in glycemic index (difference - 27)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Cheese
Cheese is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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It cannot be definitely stated which food is richer in minerals. See charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Mozzarella Cheese Opinion
Calories 280 404 Cheese
Protein 27.5 22.87 Mozzarella
Fats 17.1 33.31 Cheese
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 3.1 3.09 Mozzarella
Cholesterol 54 99 Mozzarella
Vitamin D 13 24 Cheese
Iron 0.25 0.14 Mozzarella
Calcium 731 710 Mozzarella
Potassium 95 76 Mozzarella
Magnesium 26 27 Cheese
Sugars 1.23 0.48 Cheese
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.027 0.03 Cheese
Zinc 3.13 3.64 Cheese
Starch
Phosphorus 524 455 Mozzarella
Sodium 16 653 Mozzarella
Vitamin A 517 1242 Cheese
Vitamin E 0.15 0.71 Cheese
Vitamin D 0.3 0.6 Cheese
Vitamin B1 0.02 0.029 Cheese
Vitamin B2 0.34 0.428 Cheese
Vitamin B3 0.12 0.059 Mozzarella
Vitamin B5 0.41 Cheese
Vitamin B6 0.08 0.066 Mozzarella
Vitamin B12 0.92 1.1 Cheese
Vitamin K 1.8 2.4 Cheese
Folate 9 27 Cheese
Trans Fat 0.917 Mozzarella
Saturated Fat 10.867 18.867 Mozzarella
Monounsaturated Fat 4.844 9.246 Cheese
Polyunsaturated fat 0.509 1.421 Cheese
Tryptophan 0.547 Cheese
Threonine 1.044 Cheese
Isoleucine 1.206 Cheese
Leucine 1.939 Cheese
Lysine 1.025 Cheese
Methionine 0.547 Cheese
Phenylalanine 1.074 Cheese
Valine 1.404 Cheese
Histidine 0.547 Cheese
Fructose 0 Cheese

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links of the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Mozzarella - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/167735/nutrients
  2. Cheese - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173414/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.