What are carbohydrates in cheese? For many of us, the familiar definition of carbohydrates is a simple string of sugar linked together. We know that carbohydrates can be found in plenty, but what do they do? In this article we’ll explore the answer.
Of all the dairy products, cheese is one of the most diverse, with both complex (mithuine) and simple carbohydrates found in abundance. Cheese is primarily a milk product, derived principally from rennet-rich milk curds, and produced in wide varieties of textures, flavors and forms, from the simple cream of low-fat cow’s milk, usually collected in the spring, to the creamy and flavorful yogurts of summer. There are many carbohydrates in cheese: the lactose-like casein for example, composed of about half glucose and half galactose, and found mainly in whole or reduced fat cheese; the sugars cellulose, found in some powdered and semi-coloured cheeses; and lactose, which are more prevalent in soft cheeses such as blue cheese. Of all these carbohydrates in cheese, however, only few are beneficial to nutrition: the bulk of carbohydrates found in cheese come from fat and protein.
The good news is that almost all the carbohydrates in cheese are digested fairly quickly by the body, requiring only a couple of grams for maximum health benefits. They provide energy and support for active individuals, particularly for those people trying to lose weight, and are filling and satisfying even for slim individuals. A 1 cup serving of low-fat or non-fat plain cheese contains about one gram of carbohydrate. This carbohydrate, in combination with the relatively low number of calories, makes cheese an excellent choice for snacks and food consumed on a regular basis throughout the day.
Unfortunately, cheese also has some disadvantages to its nutritional profile. First, unlike other carbohydrates, which are broken down into simple sugars via the digestive system, the main components of natural, organic cheese, including milk, fat, lactose, and other sugars and starches, cannot be broken down easily by the body. These nutrients are not metabolized by the body, meaning that the rest of the food will pass right through without using any of them. This means that, despite their low calorie content, the carbohydrates in natural, organic (organic) cheeses may have little nutritional value. Moreover, in addition to having few calories and none of the undesirable substances associated with refined carbohydrates, the carbohydrates in dairy products are not particularly nutritious on their own.
Cheese is high in fat, but there is no way to eat too much fat and still be eating a high-calorie snack. Natural fats in dairy products are not digested as quickly as sugar, making them harder to absorb as nutrients. This makes cheese a particularly bad choice when used as a topping with vegetable or salad dressing, as excess fat can clog the digestive tract and cause gas, bloating, diarrhea, heartburn, and abdominal discomfort. However, cheese may be beneficial for high-fat diets and as a snack if you compensate for its low-nutrient content by swapping some chips or crackers for it.
There are many ways to balance carbohydrates in cheese and many carbs in other foods. The easiest is to simply choose carbs in moderation and eat several small portions of healthy carbs throughout the day. For example, eating a small bowl of pasta and bread with a cup of skim milk each night is an excellent way to provide your body with many carbs and good protein at the same time. Cheese is another great low-calorie food, especially if it comes from organic, natural sources, such as cheddar, parmesan, Gouda, or Swiss, that contain no fat and very low calories. Eating a healthily made wedge of tomato basil supreme with a handful of fresh basil leaves on your pizza is yet another excellent way to enjoy both cheese and salad in one delicious platter.