I’ve tried several cheese puffs brands and was curious to see how the 365 or Whole Foods Market version of cheese puffs made with real cheddar cheese would compare to brands such as the Cheetos.
If you are looking for healthier junk food, cheese puffs are not as bad as they sound, especially if you buy an organic brand or one that does not contain a lot of artificial colors and flavors.
For the most part, cheese puffs are healthier than the dense and crunchier cheese snacks. Organic cheese puffs may even be considered a Volumetrics diet food. Other good healthier junk food choices include 365 brand baked chips, Sun Chips, Rice Works Salsa Fresca and Fullbites cheddar cheese.
For my cheese puff review, I compared 365 or the Whole Foods Market brand to Frito Lay’s Cheetos puffs.
No. 1: Cheese puff calories in 365 brand versus Cheetos puffs: 365 brand cheese puffs contain 140 calories versus the 160 in Cheetos puffs.
No. 2: Cheese puff nutrition facts in 365 brand versus Cheetos puffs: The 365 cheese puffs contain 6 grams of fat, 125 mg sodium, 50 mg potassium, 1 gram of sugar and 2 grams of protein. The Frio Lay Cheetos puffs contain 10 grams of fat, less than 1 gram sugar, 2 grams of protein, 350 mg sodium.
No. 3: Cheese puff gluten free facts in 365 brand versus Cheetos puffs: Neither package is labeled gluten free. The 365 brand is produced at a facility that processes wheat and soy. The Frito Lay Cheetos says it contains “milk ingredients,” but does include information on wheat or gluten.
No. 4: Cheese puff ingredients in 365 brand versus Cheetos puffs: The 365 brand of cheese puffs contain cornmeal, oil, whey, butter, buttermilk, cheddar cheese, salt and other ingredients while the Frito Lay Cheetos puffs contain corn meal, vitamins, vegetable oil, cheese seasoning made of whey and cheddar cheese and less than 2 percent of salt, artificial flavor and MSG, a flavor enhancer that causes headaches in some people.
No. 5: Cheese puff fiber in 365 brand versus Cheetos puffs: The 365 cheese puffs contain 1 gram of fiber while the Cheetos puffs contain zero.
If you are looking for healthier junk food, I recommend the 355 Whole Food Market brand of cheese puffs because they do contain a little fiber and no MSG.
For nutritional snacks or after-school snacks, chop up apples and serve with real peanut butter or soy butter and a handful of the healthier junk food items such as cheese puffs.
For taste and nutrition, I give the 365 cheese puffs a 4 out of 5 stars. They don’t leave a bright orange color on your fingers, but taste of real cheddar cheese with an airy light puff that is irresistable!
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