Carbohydrates in Cheese

One question that often comes up regarding diet and nutrition is the question of whether carbohydrates in cheese are digested fully or whether they are metabolized. A simple answer to this question would be that carbohydrates in cheese do not have a complete digestive structure and so are not digested completely. Any sugar that is in the food is converted to fat in the body before being absorbed and used as energy. The simple carbohydrates found in fruit, vegetables and legumes such as beans are digested completely and then stored as energy for later use.


One type of carbohydrate that is commonly found in dairy products such as cheese is lactose. Lactose is a sugar that can be found in dairy products including milk, cream, cottage cheese and sour cream. Lactose is made by the breaking down of glucose, a sugar, into lactose molecules which can then be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, the amount of lactose that is present in any given serving of dairy product is relatively small and so does not create significant amounts of calories. Therefore, while the majority of carbohydrates in cheeses are digested and stored as energy for later use in the day there are some that are digested and stored as fat.

The question of whether or not a serving of cheese is high in calories is often asked by those individuals who are watching their nutrition and want to make sure that they are getting enough nutrients but still don’t consume too much. The amount of fat and calories in a serving of cheese varies greatly depending on the brand and the type of cheese that it is. For example, cheddar cheese has a high fat content, but there are also mild cheddar cheeses which still contain low fat and low calorie components. Furthermore, cream cheeses such as low fat free cremes and spreads can also have a low to moderate calorie content but each individual will have to look at the label for the specific information.

There are other nutrients that are contained by cheese as well which can affect nutrition and the total balance of calories that are consumed. For example, fatty acids in cheese are digested and utilized by the body to provide energy. Fatty acids are vital to ensuring that your brain functions properly and that you feel full even though you are not ingesting any food. Fatty acids are also important in ensuring that your body has the necessary building blocks to build your immune system. Fatty acids are also important in maintaining the proper balance of cholesterol and phospholipids in your blood stream.

Cheese is also rich in vitamin A, which is essential to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy. The fat content in a serving of cheese is less than one percent, so the vitamins and minerals included are not significant. However, one serving of cheese can have a significant amount of vitamin A as it is the fat that is responsible for making up half of the vitamin A in your body. This serves as an indication that you should eat small servings of cheese on a daily basis to make sure that you get enough Vitamin A. You should keep in mind that a glass of red wine with one percent alcohol in it provides twice the amount of vitamin A that you can get from eating one percent cheese.

One of the benefits of eating cheese is the fact that it helps in reducing weight because of the reduction in fat and carbohydrates. One serving of butter has twenty-four grams of fat and carbohydrates. This works out to about six percent of your daily intake. On the other hand, a serving of low fat or skim milk has only three grams of fat and carbohydrates.

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