If you love cheese you’ll be glad to hear that it’s a large part of a keto diet menu.
However, there are some types of cheese that will knock you out of ketosis.
We’ve put together a list of the best low-carb keto cheeses you can eat liberally on a keto diet.
One of the real perks of the Keto diet is that cheese is very much on the menu, whereas on most other diets, it’s mainly firmly off the menu!
So if you love cheese, Keto could be the right diet for you.
Before you go out and stock up your cheese box, it doesn’t mean that every single cheese is keto-friendly but there are lots of great options that you can enjoy.
Cheese is one of life’s pleasures and with Keto, it makes eating out even more user-friendly.
As an example, you can order a fantastic cheese board to enjoy for dessert (provided you check the cheeses available are suitable for your Ketogenic diet).
Love a hamburger? You could make it even tastier just by adding a slice of melted cheese and dig into a cheeseburger!
Then there are so many varieties of cheese, strong cheese, soft cheese, creamy cheese, sweet cheese; there’s something for every palette.
Additionally, cheese is sugar-free and generally low-carb.
Of course, if you have a sensitivity to dairy, you won’t be able to eat cow’s cheese (unless you know you can have it in limited quantities), but if not and if you’re on Keto – read on to find out the types of cheeses you can enjoy.
A Little Cheesy Advice
As a rule of thumb, try to opt for full-fat cheese where you can.
Also, avoid pre-packed bags of grated cheese (this is because lots of the packed shredded cheeses contain anti-caking agents, these add extra carbs) – better to grate your own cheese!
Here are the 7 best kinds of cheese you can eat liberally while on Keto:
1. Halloumi Cheese
Cypriot Halloumi is a delicious semi-soft cheese that tastes great sizzling away on the BBQ or if it’s not BBQ weather, place a few slices under the grill.
Halloumi is perfect for summer al fresco eating or to add slices to a skewer of grilled chicken, it’s a fantastic keto-friendly option.
Alternatively, chop up grilled pieces of Halloumi and add to a salad, lightly dressed with balsamic it makes a filling lunchtime meal.
(Halloumi contains up to 1g of carbs per ounce, 6g of protein and 7g of fat)
2. Paneer Cheese
This Indian cheese is perfect for when you want to enjoy Tandoori chicken or a Keto-friendly curry.
If you’re making a curry at home, you can use Paneer cheese to your heart’s content – try it with curried vegetables for a spicy difference!
(Paneer contains 1g of carbs, 6g of protein and 7g of fat per 2 ounces)
3. Gruyere Cheese
This Swiss cheese is almost zero carbs so it is very keto-friendly.
Eat it with eggs or try it melted on top of a juicy burger, it’s also great for using in a cheese omelet or with any egg dish you like!
(Gruyere contains 0.1g of carbs, 8.5g of protein and 9g of fat per ounce)
4. Brie Cheese
This semi-soft French cheese is a fatty cheese that is absolutely delicious!
Eat it plain or melt it and drizzle it on almost any food you want, it is rich, creamy and satisfying, perfect to serve on a cheeseboard after dinner.
(Brie contains 0.1g of carbs, 6g of protein and 8g of fat per ounce)
5. Cream Cheese
This all-time favorite soft cheese is perfect for almost anything and it’s really great for Keto desserts – like cheesecake!
Try it served alongside smoked salmon for breakfast or wrap smoked salmon around cream cheese for a great savory snack or to make an impressive dinner party starter, decorate it with a little dill.
(Cream cheese contains 0.8g of carbs, 1g of protein and 5g of fat per tablespoon)
6. Feta Cheese
This Greek cheese favorite is ideal for summery salads; it’s semi-soft and as it’s made from goat’s milk.
As it’s gentler on the stomach it might suit you if you are sensitive to cow’s cheese.
Chop it up into cubes and scatter on top of a salad and serve alongside a grilled steak or with chicken breast.
Feta cheese is a delicious Keto-friendly option.
(Feta contains 1.5 g of carbs, 4g of protein and 6g of fat per 2 ounces)
7. Romano Cheese
Similar to parmesan cheese, Italian Romano is a hard cheese that you can grate over meat or salads.
In fact, if you’re having a salad, adding Romano gives it extra flavor without ruining your Keto diet.
Romano is lower in carbs than Parmesan too, making it an altogether better option.
(Romano cheese contains 1g of carbs, 9g of protein and 7g of fat per 2 ounces)
Limit the Following Cheeses
On Keto, you can eat the above cheeses liberally but there are other cheeses that are also keto-friendly as long as you enjoy them in moderation.
The following cheeses are slightly higher in carbs so limit your intake but don’t rule them out entirely because they’re still suitable on occasion:
This is an Arabian yogurt type cheese that has approximately 5g of carbs per serving (check the ingredients label as some Labneh varieties differ in their carb quantity).
It is a great cheese to enjoy with plain vegetables if you want to add extra flavor, or try drizzling it on top of a grilled burger – delicious!
This is a low-fat cheese option but cottage cheese can be higher in carbs, (up to 5 or 6grams per 4 ounces).
You can enjoy it with smoked salmon or as a light snack but don’t have it too often.
So there you have it, plenty of cheesy choices when you are on a Keto diet – and one of the reasons why Keto is such a popular choice for those wanting to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle without feeling hungry!