Is Cream Cheese Keto

When I first started keto I wondered is cream cheese keto? This is an honest question because there are hidden sugars in everything! Reading labels everywhere it seemed I didn’t have many options but with over 5 years of experience you don’t have to do that. Follow along as I explain your options!

Keto red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles

Is Cream Cheese Keto

Cream cheese is on the keto food list for dairy! Although there is a presence of carbs in cream cheese it is keto friendly. On the keto diet you want to go for full fat cream cheese and not low fat or fat free. Fat free cream cheese has slightly less carbs but this isn’t your best friend in this situation. Fat slows down the absorption of carbs so it benefits you more to have a full fat product over a fat free one.

What Can I Eat With Cream Cheese On Keto Diet

  • Cheesecake
  • Casseroles
  • Cookies
  • Stuffed Chicken
  • Sauces

Honestly, the options are almost endless. Just about any recipe you’d think of that features cream cheese you can make it.

Crack chicken keto thighs in a cast iron skillet covered in cheese and a ranch cream sauce

Avoid These Cream Cheeses

When you are shopping in the grocery store read your labels always. Flavored products are normally loaded with added sugar. Philadelphia has some awesome products but they are full of sugar. Two tablespoons of cream cheese is 2g net carbs alone. Now, when they add the flavors us as Americans like it sweet. So, in turn they make it sweet.

Now, if you come across added with herbs such as the garlic and herb or the spinach artichoke. These are fine, but when in doubt check your label.

Cream Cheese Recipes That Are Keto Friendly


You can still enjoy cream cheese on this diet. Just be mindful and read your labels.It’s naturally gluten free, low carb and keto. Brands will sneak sugar in their products and anything flavored tends to have sugar in it. So, choosing something garlic and herb flavored is far safer than choosing a raspberry flavored cream cheese spread. There are too many recipes and options to keep you from failing. Enjoy yourself while on keto and still have tasty meals!

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