The Calories in Sharp Cheddar Cheese

by Shannon Marks

Cheddar is one of the most widely eaten types of cheese in the world.

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Cheddar is an off-white to yellowish colored cheese that originated in the village of Cheddar in England. What distinguishes mild cheddar from sharp or even extra sharp is the amount of certain compounds added to the cheese during processing.


Calorie information for sharp cheddar cheese can vary based on how the cheese is prepared. The USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory reports that 1 oz. of ordinary cheddar, which includes sharp and mild cheese, is 113 calories. One popular supermarket brand of sharp cheddar, available in a 16-oz. package, has 120 calories per 1-oz. serving.

Calories from Fat

Sharp cheddar contains 82 calories from fat, which is more than half of all the calories in one serving of cheese. Eating too many calories can lead to weight gain and obesity.


There are about 9 g of fat in a 1 oz. serving of sharp cheddar cheese. That amounts to 14 percent of the recommended daily allowance of fat based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

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About the Author

Shannon Marks started her journalism career in 1994. She was a reporter at the "Beachcomber" in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and contributed to "Philadelphia Weekly." Marks also served as a research editor, reporter and contributing writer at lifestyle, travel and entertainment magazines in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Temple University.