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The gooey texture of fried mozzarella makes it a fun and tasty option for snacks and meals. Most often this food appears in short, breaded sticks, 3 to 4 inches in length; hot or chilled marinara sauce often accompanies it to add flavor. Understanding the quantity of carbohydrates in this cheese dish and their role in your health can help you develop a healthy meal plan.
A serving of one brand of fried mozzarella – six pieces – introduces 37 g of carbohydrates into your diet. The majority of the calories in this food come from fat; carbohydrates are the second highest source of calories. The quantity of carbs in a serving of fried mozzarella account for 11.4 to 16.4 percent of the total carb intake you should aim for each day – 225 to 325 g of carbohydrates – if you follow a 2,000 calorie diet, according to MayoClinic.com. No matter your caloric intake, carbohydrates should make up 45 to 65 percent of the calories you consume each day.
The carbohydrates in fried mozzarella play an important role in your diet – they convert into glucose which serves as your body’s dominant source of energy. While carbs generally contribute toward the function of your heart, fried mozzarella carbohydrates might not be the healthiest choice. A study published in the July 2009 issue of the “Journal of the American College of Cardiology” indicates simple carbohydrates high on the glycemic index may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease 3.
Carbohydrates and Glycemic Index
A small amount of the carbohydrates in fried mozzarella derive from the mozzarella cheese; most of the carbohydrates come from the breading that coats the cheese. Mozzarella cheese is a simple carbohydrate. Despite this, cheese has a moderately low glycemic index score – this means it will not spike blood sugar levels, an important point for diabetics who must work to keep levels steady and relatively low. The breading on this dish is generally considered a complex carbohydrate. Normally, complex carbohydrates help maintain even blood sugar levels, but breading made from white flour is likely to have a higher glycemic index. This may make fried mozzarella inappropriate for some people with diabetes.
If you eat a diet high in carbohydrates, you might not need the carbs in fried mozzarella immediately for energy or other functions. Carbohydrates, however, store in your muscles and liver, available for your use at a later time. Note, however, that eating too many carbohydrates from fried mozzarella and other foods may trigger weight gain due to overconsumption of calories.
- MyFitnessPal: Romano's Macaroni Grill - Fresh Mozzarella Fritta - Fried Mozzarella
- Harvard Medical School; Carbohydrates and Health: Not that Simple…or that Complex; December 2002
- "Journal of the American College of Cardiology"; The Acute Effect of Various Glycemic Index Dietary Carbohydrates on Endothelial Function in Nondiabetic Overweight and Obese Subjects; T.Lavi, R.D., et al.; July 2009
- Net Doctor; Carbohydrates; Jen Worden, GP; May 2011
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