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Cream cheese and Diabetes - Is it Good For Diabetics

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on April 08, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU

Introduction

Here, we will discuss the beneficial effects and consuming downsides of cream cheese in the case of diabetes.

Glycemic Index and Carbohydrates

According to research, the glycemic index of food and the number of carbs you consume affect blood sugar levels. In particular, too many carbs and a high glycemic index can cause blood glucose levels, so it's essential to track what you eat.

Cream cheese has a low carbohydrate content: 5.52g of carbs in 100g. But the thing is, cream cheese doesn't provide fiber; all 5.52g of those carbs are net carbs. The glycemic index of cream cheese has been measured to be 0 due to its low carbs and high-fat content.

One small study shows that cream cheese intake has no association with incident prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose level is higher than usual but lower than in type 2 diabetes.

In summary, cream cheese is safe to eat in the case of diabetes, but it is better to be cautious about how much you consume it [1].

You can also check out glycemic index values for 350+ foods by visiting the Glycemic index chart page.

Type-2 Diabetes

Because cream cheese is made from yogurt and salt, it is safe to say that it contains the same nutritional value as yogurt. Although cream cheese has less protein, it does have a moderate amount of sodium and a high amount of saturated fats (95 percent of RDV in 100g) to beware of․

If cream cheese is eaten with bagels, sandwiches, or cheesecakes, all are high in carbs; it can cause blood sugar spikes.

To summarize, if the cream cheese is used correctly, it appears to be a healthier alternative to regular cheese without carbs [2].

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5572495/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7599681/
Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: April 08, 2022
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