Does Cheese Have Carbs?
No, cheese is not considered a good source of carbohydrate.
Natural cheese typically contains less than one gram of carbohydrate per serving; any foods that contain substantially less than 15 grams of carbohydrate per serving are considered low in carbohydrate.
Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients, along with protein and fat. Our body breaks down carbs into simple sugars, with glucose being the simplest, which is the body's preferred source of energy. There are four main types of carbohydrates in foods: starches, sugars, sugar alcohols and dietary fiber. On the nutrition label, the term “total carbohydrates” is a combined amount of all four of these types.
Sugar can be found in table sugar (sucrose), fruit (fructose) and dairy foods (lactose). Starches and fiber are complex carbohydrates, meaning they are made of several sugar units. Starches can be found in vegetables, grains and cooked dry beans and peas. Fiber is found in similar foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and beans and peas.
In addition to being relatively carb-free, cheese is a source of protein and can be a healthy snack when needing to refuel. Make sure to consider it as a great protein snack alternative next time you need to get in some clean calories.
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