Cream cheese glycemic index (GI)
Like most dairy products, cream cheese is low in carbohydrates, containing 5.52g of carbs in a 100g serving. As cream cheese does not contain dietary fiber, all 5.52g carbs are net carbs.
Cream cheese contains 3.76g of lactose sugar, 0.35g of starch, and 1.41g of other sugars.
Due to this carbohydrate composition and the high-fat content, the glycemic index of cream cheese has been measured to be 0 (1).
Prediabetes is when the blood glucose level is higher than usual but lower than in type 2 diabetes. Cream cheese intake has been studied to have no association with incident prediabetes (2).
A 100g serving of cream cheese may even decrease the glycemic value of the meal it is consumed with (3).
To sum up, cream cheese consumption in moderation can be recommended for people concerned about the glycemic impact of foods.
You can check our Glycemic index chart page for a complete list of more than 350 common foods, where all the values are presented along with their sources.
You can also check out our Cream Cheese Nutrition page for comprehensive cream cheese nutrition.