Are mozzarella sticks good for your health?

We all know deep-fried food is not good for you. What about the mozzarella sticks? Even though mozzarella itself is a super healthy food of choice that comes with a lot of nutrients, such as calcium, protein, and a pack load of minerals and vitamins. So, what happened after we deep-fried them?

It can be good and it can be bad, depends on how you look at it. But in general, deep-fry snacks do more harms than good.

Mozzarella sticks — Good or bad?

First of all, the stringy mozzarella stick is easy to prepare and very delicious. Most of the homemade recipe sites will teach you with only a few ingredients, including egg, mozzarella, flour, seasoning, and breadcrumbs. Then, they usually bake or deep-fry them for a short while.

Baking in the oven is for sure, much healthier in comparison.

Look at that. So good so stretchy.

Unlike the deep-fried meat, such as chicken, which the inside is raw and have to fry for a while until golden color to prevent getting sick from eating. Mozzarella sticks don’t have to cook for so long, or at all. That is just to create a crispy outside, while soft and stretchy inside.

Certainly, deep frying will destroy some of the good substances (e.g. protein, enzyme) which are beneficial to us, but sometimes it’s just too hard to resist. As a plus for mozzarella sticks, it’s only lightly fried for a few seconds just for the outside coatings. So, it is better.

Even so, everything have to take in moderation.

So, let’s talk about the nutrition info for both

Let’s compare the nutrition info for both of them. The data is taken from the USDA and compared. For mozzarella sticks, it’s from two different suppliers via the USDA, named — Applebee’s and Hy-Vee.

Mozzarella cheese (per 100g)Mozzarella Sticks (per 100g)
Calories248 kcal316 kcal351 kcal
Calcium610 mg319mg405mg
Sodium 685 mg838mg784mg
Vitamin C0.1mg0 mg
Vitamin A1457 IU432 IU541 IU
Vitamin K1µg22.2µg
Saturated fatty acid3.7g6.7g6.8g
Cholesterol0 mg33 mg27 mg

The pre-packaged deep-fried sticks are usually covering in breadcrumbs, additives, and other ingredients, so it lifted the overall fat, cholesterol, sodium, and calories. At the same time, due to high heat, it reduces many of the healthy vitamins and protein. The lactose will aslo get broken down.

For weight loss, the data shows that mozzarella sticks have an increased of ~100 kcal in calories compared to the same amount of mozzarella cheese. Although in general, it doesn’t do much harm to your health, eating too much of them can still cause obesity and other heart-related problems.

In comparison to other fried snacks, the mozzarella stick is arguably a better option. After all, it depends on the size of the serving. The normal recommended serving size for a person is about 3 oz or 86 g, which gives you about 300 kcal in calories. And each stick has a weight of about 1 oz, which is equivalent to about 100 kcal.

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Sum up

From time to time, it’s great to have a good bite of stringy mozzarella sticks in McDonald’s or Burger King. Certainly, it shouldn’t be your every day’s snacks. Also, be minded that each bite has a meaning to pay with your health, and things add up.

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