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.