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Fat-free cream cheese is a good choice for some recipes but doesn't work everywhere. It is made with skim milk and the texture is not as creamy as regular cream cheese or the low-fat versions.
It has a firm, glossy texture as well. It doesn't spread well on a bagel and it's easy to taste the difference (unless you put a little jam on top). Low-fat, or Neufchatel, cheese is almost interchangeable with regular cream cheese with about half the fat. (see Cream Cheese).
The best use for fat-free cream cheese is to use it in a chilled dip, dressing or dessert or where it is blended into other ingredients. It can work well in baked goods also (see Chocolate Cheesecake).
1 ounce fat free cream cheese = 15 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0 mono fat, 2.5g protein, 1g carbohydrates, 100mg sodium, 3mg cholesterol