How Many Calories Are In A Piece Of Processed American Cheese?

Cheese is a tasty addition to dishes -- from sandwiches to main courses. Although not a natural cheese such as cheddar and mozzarella, American processed cheese is an alternative cheese you may use in certain recipes.

American processed cheese is sold in packages containing 1 oz. slices. Each slice has 110 calories, 80 of which are from fat. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, processed American Cheese has 180 mg of sodium, 6 g of protein and provides six and eight percent of your daily requirement of vitamins A and C, respectively.

The American Heart Association recommends you limit your consumption of saturated fat to less than seven percent of your overall calorie intake. If you eat a 2,000 calorie diet, you can eat 140 calories or 15.5 g of saturated fat a day. One slice of cheese has 6 g of saturated fat, or 54 saturated fat calories. Two pieces of cheese on a toasted sandwich has over 100 calories from saturated fat.

Replace high-fat American processed cheese with either the low-fat or fat-free versions to reduce your fat intake. Try using just 1/2 oz. of natural cheddar cheese in place of 1 oz. of processed cheese for a stronger cheese flavor and only 57 calories and 3 g of saturated fat.

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