Authors: Registered Dietitians
(HealthCastle.com) One of the most popular school snacks for kids is cheese, especially cheese in fun shapes! This month's nutrition faceoff compares two kid-friendly packaged cheese products made by the same company, The Laughing Cow.
Nutrition Faceoff: The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel vs. Original Creamy Swiss Wedges
|The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Original||The Laughing Cow Original Creamy Swiss|
|Serving Size:||1 piece (0.7 oz)||1 wedge (0.7 oz)|
|Calories:||70 kcal||50 kcal|
|Fat:||6 g||4 g|
|Sat. Fat:||4 g||2.5 g|
|Protein:||5 g||2 g|
|Total Carbs:||0 g||0 g|
|Sodium:||170 mg||210 mg|
|Calcium:||15% DV||8% DV|
|Ingredients:||Pasteurized cultured milk, salt, microbial enzymes||Cheddar, Swiss, and semisoft cheeses (cultured milk and skim milk, salt, enzymes), anhydrous milk fat, whey, cream, sodium phosphate, sodium citrate, salt|
Mini Babybel has a much shorter ingredient list, yet it has:
- double the calcium and protein
- triple the Vitamin A
- 50% more fat and calories
- 20% less sodium
than the Original Creamy Swiss wedges. Although made by the same company, these are two different products. Mini Babybel is what you would expect cheese to be made of: milk, bacterial culture and enzymes, and salt. Original Creamy Swiss is a processed cheese product that contains some cheese but also other food additives such as anhydrous milk fat, sodium phosphate (emulsifier), and sodium citrate.
Our Pick: The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Original
If you want cheese, get the real thing. Processed cheese tends to contain less milk but more additives and sodium.
Tell Us: Which one is your favorite?