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Is Cheese Keto? How Many Carbs In Cheese?

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Cheese is a very common ingredient in many recipes, and in particular in keto recipes. But are all kinds of cheese keto?

How many carbs in the most common cheese options?

Learn more about the dozen most common cheeses and whether or not you can have them on your low-carb keto diet!

Is Cheese Keto?

Is Cheese Keto?

Cheese is made by coagulation of casein, one of the milk proteins. 

There are literally thousands of varieties of cheese, including more than 1,600 in France, 1,800 in the United Kingdom, and 500 in Italy.

The major categories of cheese are:

  • Fresh cheese: Ricotta, Mozzarella, Cottage Cheese, Feta
  • Soft White Rind Cheese: Camembert, Brie, Chaource, Munster
  • Semi-soft Cheese: Edam, Reblochon, Raclette, Havarti, Provolone, Emmental, Swiss Cheese
  • Hard Cheese: Cheddar, Beaufort, Gruyere, Parmesan, Mimolette, Colby
  • Blue Cheese: Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, Roquefort
  • Flavor added-cheese: Cumin Gouda, Chive Cheddar, Dill Havarti

Most cheese varieties are relatively low in carbs because the natural bacteria in cheese break down the lactose. The secondary reason is that cheese is made from the fatty, heavy layer on top of the milk.

As a result, most of the carbs that were present in the milk either stay in the milk or are broken down later.

How Many Carbs In Cheese?

Find below the most comprehensive list of carbs in cheese! The data is per once (24g) of cheese.

American Cheese2.5g6.5g4.6g[source]
Blue Cheese0.6g8.2g6.1g[source]
Boursin Garlic & Herb1.2g9.9g2.5g[source]
Boursin Light Garlic & Herb1.3g4.5g2.6g[source]
Brie Danish 0g7g5g[source]
Brie French 0g6g5g[source]
Brie Truffle 0.9g9.4g4.7g[source]
Cheddar Burger Slice1g9g7g[source]
Cheddar Medium 1.3g10.3g6.4g[source]
Cheese Curd1g8g7g[source]
Cheshire Cheese1.4g8.7g6.6g[source]
Colby Cheese0.7g9.1g6.7g[source]
Colby Jack Cheese0.5g8.8g6.8g[source]
Cottage Cheese1.9g0.1g2.9g[source]
Cream Cheese1.6g9.8g1.7g[source]
Cream Cheese Light2.4g4.6g2.4g[source]
Double Gloucester0g10g7g[source]
Edam Cheese0.4g8.1g7.1g[source]
Emmentaler (Swiss Cheese)0.4g8.8g7.7g[source]
Feta Cheese1.1g6.1g4g[source]
Fior di Latte (Cow Mozzarella)0.7g6.3g6.3g[source]
Fondue Saint Nectaire Cheese0g8g6g[source]
Fresh Goat Cheese0g8.5g6.1g[source]
Gouda Cheese0.6g7.8g7.1g[source]
Grana Padano0g8g9g[source]
Monterey Jack0.2g5.6g6.9g[source]
Mozzarella di Bufala (Buffalo)0g5.7g3.8g[source]
Mozzarella di Capra (goat)0g8g7g[source]
Pecorino Romano1g9g8g[source]
Pepper Jack1g8g7g[source]
Philadelphia Spread1.8g6.4g1.8g[source]
Queso Asadero1.2g7g6.3g[source]
Queso Cotija1.1g8.5g5.7g[source]
Queso Fresco0.8g6.8g5.1g[source]
Queso Manchego1g10g7g[source]
Red Leicester0g9g7g[source]
Shredded Cheddar6g7g0g[source]
Shredded Pizza Blend2g6g7g[source]
Stilton Cheese1g10g7g[source]

As you can see, most cheese varieties are keto-friendly.

However, there are two important things to note:

  • Shredded Cheese often has added starch to keep it from compacting, upping its carbs quite a lot.
  • Despite being low in carbs, some cheeses should still not be included in a keto diet because of their relatively low fat to protein ratio. Remember that what matters is your macros!

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Can Cheese Be Swapped In Keto Recipes?

Unlike other dairy products like milk, butter, yogurt, or cream, it’s very difficult or near impossible to replace cheese.

There are many vegan alternatives that exist, but they all tend to be quite high in carbs.

My Favorite Keto Cheese-Based Recipes

Below are my favorite recipes made with cheese, cream cheese, or shredded cheese.

Carine Claudepierre

About The Author

Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

Browse all my recipes with my Recipe Index.

I hope that you too find the recipes you love on Sweet As Honey!

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