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Keto Diet and Cheese: Which Ones to Choose? How Are They Made?

Is cheese keto? The quick answer is: Yes, thanks to its high fat and low carb content, cheese is ketogenic. However, you have to be careful with the serving sizes, as cheese is not entirely carb-free and small amount of carbs add up fast.


As a rule of thumb, soft cheeses may have more lactose (carb; milk "sugar" is the reason why keto dieters avoid milk) than hard cheeses. We strongly recommend that you buy whole blocks of cheese and slice or shred them yourself as pre-shredded cheeses may contain added starches (carb) to prevent sticking.


List Of Net Carbs Per Ounce For Popular Cheese


Below is a list of cheeses with their carb content. You can check the nutrient profile and links to research data on the FoodData Central database. The cheeses listed below with "olive yellow" font are the ones Chef Janine uses in her recipes:

  1. Babybel Cheese – 0g net carbs per piece

  2. Chèvre Cheese – 0g net carbs per ounce

  3. Halloumi Cheese – 0g net carbs per ounce

  4. Brie Cheese – 0.1g net carbs per ounce

  5. Camembert Cheese – 0.1g net carbs per ounce

  6. Gruyere Cheese – 0.1g net carbs per ounce

  7. Limburger Cheese – 0.1g net carbs per ounce

  8. Monterey Jack Cheese – 0.2g net carbs per ounce

  9. Colby Jack Cheese – 0.3g net carbs per ounce

  10. Muenster Cheese – 0.3g net carbs per ounce

  11. Edam Cheese – 0.4g net carbs per ounce

  12. Fontina Cheese – 0.4g net carbs per ounce

  13. Swiss Cheese – 0.4g net carbs per ounce

  14. Cheddar Cheese – 0.6g net carbs per ounce

  15. Gouda Cheese – 0.6g net carbs per ounce

  16. Provolone Cheese – 0.6g net carbs per ounce

  17. Roquefort Cheese – 0.6g net carbs per ounce

  18. Colby Cheese – 0.7g net carbs per ounce

  19. Blue Cheese – 0.7g net carbs per ounce

  20. Mozzarella Cheese – 0.7g net carbs per ounce

  21. Queso Fresco – 0.8g net carbs per ounce

  22. Parmesan Cheese – 0.9g net carbs per ounce

  23. American Cheese – 1g net carbs per ounce

  24. Boursin Cheese – 1g net carbs per 2 tablespoons

  25. Burrata Cheese – 1g net carbs per ounce

  26. Cotija Cheese – 1g net carbs per ounce

  27. Gorgonzola Cheese – 1g net carbs per ounce

  28. Havarti Cheese – 1g net carbs per ounce

  29. Manchego Cheese – 1g net carbs per ounce

  30. Mascarpone Cheese – 1g net carbs per tablespoon

  31. Pepper Jack Cheese – 1g net carbs per ounce

  32. Romano Cheese – 1g net carbs per ounce

  33. Feta Cheese – 1.1g net carbs per ounce

  34. Asadero Cheese – 1.2g net carbs per ounce

  35. Ricotta Cheese – 1.5g net carbs per ounce

  36. Cream Cheese – 1.6g net carbs per ounce

  37. Cottage Cheese – 2.9g net carbs per 4 ounces


The below video introduces the production process of 20 famous regional cheeses.

From Mozzarella to Stilton — Emmentaler to Brie.

Enjoy this informative video as you will meet the artisans and learn the processes of the best cheeses in the world.



Time Stamps -The cheeses listed below with "olive yellow" font are the ones Chef Janine uses in her recipes...


0:00 Intro

0:32 Gouda

9:52 Mozzarella

9:08 Swiss Emmentaler

26:54 Brie

38:20 Stilton

47:13 Cheese curds

56:10 Italian Gorgonzola cheese

1:04:58 Manchego cheese

1:13:47 Parmigiano Reggiano

1:23:35 Cornish Yarg cheese

1:31:33 Feta cheese

1:37:25 Gruyère cheese

1:43:59 Camembert cheese

1:51:45 Ricotta cheese

2:00:41 Caciocavallo

2:10:58 Stinking Bishop

2:19:43 Burrata cheese

2:31:25 Cheddar cheese

2:39:15 São Jorge cheese

2:45:50 Red Leicester

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