Nutrition Faceoff: The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel vs. Original Creamy Swiss Wedges

Laughing Cow mini babybel original and original creamy swiss

(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
Vitamin A: 6% 2%
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

Dietitian's Take

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?

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