Are there Carbs in Milk? What about Cheese?

Carbohydrates, simply put, are our body’s main source of energy. We need carbs to function and for our brain to think clearly! Recommended daily allowance is about 130 grams of carbs per day for the “average” person. Check with your doctor or do some research online to figure out a good balance for your body.

Now back to the point of this post. 

The other day I was looking at my carton of milk and also a package of cheese and noticed that while the milk had about 12 g of carbohydrates per serving (8 oz, 1 cup = regular coffee mug), the cheese had practically no carbohydrates per serving (1 oz, or about 4 dice size pieces). Why is that? Aren’t they both dairy products made from the same thing? 

Well the answer is actually pretty simple. Milk has more carbohydrates because of the lactose in it. Lactose is basically a milk sugar. When cheese is made, the milk is processed and lactose is strained off with the rest of the liquid…so hence, cheese barely has any carbs.

There ya go! A little nutritional tid-bit for today. Check out an older post I wrote. How do you think the carb levels of yogurt or ice cream compare to milk and cheese?



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