Carbohydrates in Cheese – A Guide to Helping You Choose Wisely

It seems that everywhere you look there are people talking about carbohydrates in cheese. And not only is there constant discussion about the subject but also a great deal of data to support both the claims and disproofs of the many claims about carbohydrates in cheese. Cheese, like milk is an emulsion and as such contains both fat and proteins from the milk fat. However unlike milk there are no muscles in cheese, so it is mostly just fat.


For all practical purposes carbohydrates in cheese do not have calories, because they are not made up of sugar. But as with anything else we sometimes need some calories for our daily nutrition. If you were to ingest too many carbs in cheese then you might feel hungry and throw away your cheese, resulting in a diet disaster, much like the one suffered by the Chinese a couple of centuries ago who believed that eating too many carbs was bad for their health. So what does this have to do with cheese? Everything!

Many of today’s processed cheeses like feta and mozzarella contain a high percentage of lactose and are suitable for diabetics, who normally experience lactose intolerance symptoms when they consume too much dairy. The high level of lactose is caused by the high percentage of glucose that is found in milk fat and as the two combine this creates a high level of acidity. This will generally result in a salty taste, which is not pleasant for most people. Most people tend to eat less cheese, and substitute it with other low-fat dairy products. For example if you want to eat a small amount of cream cheese you can; whereas if you want to eat a large amount of mozzarella cheese you might choose to; stick it in the fridge instead.

There are many ways in which carbohydrates in cheese can affect your health; however not all of these effects are pleasant. Consuming a lot of dairy can cause your cholesterol levels to become unbalanced and make your arteries clog easily. High levels of cholesterol can lead to heart disease and also cause abnormal cell growth in your liver and kidneys. These are two things that we don’t want to happen. Cheese is full of calcium and protein, which are vital for good health but excessive amounts of these can actually damage your health.

Cheese contains carbohydrates and while there are no fat calories in cheese, you must read the label carefully as fat is sometimes added in the processing stage, which lowers the calorie content. You should aim for about half a cup of milk for every one tablespoon of cheese; this is the safest way of getting the recommended daily intake of protein and calcium. For example, a whole pack of six ounces of cottage cheese has about thirty-five calories and therefore this would give a good guideline to follow as a guide.

One of the more popular options for those who want to reduce their intake of dairy foods is the low-fat variety. The only problem with this is that it often replaces the beneficial proteins in cheese, milk or yogurt with salt and fatty oils, which are bad for our health in general. If you want to enjoy these tasty dairy foods without putting your health at risk, try lactose-free milk instead.

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