You’ve got to admit, being able to eat cheese on a diet sold you on keto, right? Most diets restrict cheese consumption; however, cheese is often considered a staple on the ketogenic diet. Since keto is a high-fat, low-carb diet, cheese seems to fit in perfectly with the keto diet’s macronutrient ratios. But, how many carbs are in cheese? What’s the most keto-friendly cheese?
Lactose in Cheese
Before diving into the nutritional information of cheese, it should be noted that yet, cheese does contain lactose. However, cheese is lower in lactose than other dairy products, like milk.
The cheeses with the lowest amount of lactose (from least to most) include
- Provolone cheese
- Cheddar cheese
- Blue cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Swiss cheese
This, of course, only includes naturally low-lactose cheeses, not those created and filtered to be lactose-free.
You may be wondering why it matters how much lactose is in cheese and it’s not just because of lactose intolerance. Yes, that’s important for those who do not produce sufficient lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) and thus have an intolerance, but lactose content is actually directly correlated with the grams of carbs in cheese.
Lactose is a disaccharide. A disaccharide is a sugar molecule made from two monosaccharides (a single sugar molecule). Lactose is made from glucose and galactose.
That means when lactose is broken down, glucose is produced. Choosing a cheese lower in lactose means choosing a cheese lower in carbs.