How Many Calories are in Half-Cup of Shredded Cheese?

by Patrick Hutchison

The USDA recommends daily servings of milk and dairy products, including cheese. Cheese, whether shredded, sliced or diced, is a good source of calcium, protein and Vitamin D. However, by weight cheese often has a high caloric rating because of its fat content.


According to the USDA Nutrition database, in one half cup of shredded cheddar cheese, equal to 56.5 grams, there are 228 calories.


In one half cup of shredded monterey cheese, or 56.5 grams, there are 211 calories.


One half cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, or 56 grams, contains 168 calories.


For reduced calorie cheese look for low fat or reduced fat varieties. A high percentage of cheese's calories come from fat and by reducing fat you reduce calories. To save time, look for cheese that is available pre-shredded.

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About the Author

Patrick Hutchison has been doing freelance work since 2008. He has worked as a physical therapy aide and as a writer for various websites including Destination Guides and several travel-related companies. Hutchison has a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from the University of Washington.