Is the Low Carb Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory Keto?
Answer: Dirty Keto. Don’t eat the whole slice.
I emailed The Cheesecake Factory to ask them about nutrition information for their Low-Licious Cheesecake and here it is: the whole slice rings in at 20g net carbs. Whipped cream is an extra 1 net carb, and the strawberries are an extra 2 net carbs so with both toppings it’s 23 net carbs.
I think if you’re looking for a rare treat and you’re okay with less-than-perfect ingredients(in that they don’t tell us what they are), eating half of the cheesecake slice might be pretty reasonable for you. They mention it’s sweetened with Zusto, which is “a unique and healthy combination of prebiotic and plant-based fibers (among which polydextrose, fibers from chicory and corn) and sweeteners (erythritol, isomalt and sucralose).” per the Zusto website. Seems like it’s a low glycemic/low carb sweetener, but I wouldn’t call it clean keto.
Taste wise it’s definitely one of the better lower-carb cheesecakes out there–this is the Cheesecake factory after all! The texture and taste is extremely similar to their plain regular cheesecake. I can personally tell that it’s not made with sugar, but I don’t think that alternate sweetener taste is very strong.
That said it’s not too hard to make your own cheesecake with keto ingredients so you may just want to make your own so you can enjoy more of it. I even have a microwave cheesecake recipe if you don’t want to spend too much effort on one. You can also order cheesecakes from keto bakeries such as Zambawango and have them delivered straight to your front door. Enlightened even sells keto cheesecake you can buy at the grocery store. With so many keto products on the market now I’d rather just eat something that I can read the ingredients on for dessert like Choczero or High Key Cookies.
PS– If you’re finding different information somewhere else, I think they may have changed the recipe at some point. It used to be called the Low Carb cheesecake and I think I recall the menu saying it was sweetened with Splenda in the past. Not sure so I contacted them.
The Email: (May 21st, 2021)
“Thank you very much for taking the time to contact us here at The Cheesecake Factory. We are extremely flattered to hear you are interested in the recipe for our Low-licious Cheesecake. Unfortunately, our recipes are trademarked and considered proprietary, so we are unable to share the ingredient listings or preparation techniques for requested current or retired menu items. If you have any other specific questions regarding ingredients or dietary restrictions, I would be happy to answer your questions.
It has only 20 net carbs! We also offer it with whipped cream (1 additional net carb) and strawberries (2 additional net carbs), both sweetened with Zùsto. A slice of our Low-Licious Cheesecake has:
480 Calories, 35g of Fat, 450mg of Sodium, 6g of fiber, 5g of Sugar, and 9g of Protein.
35g total carbs – 6g dietary fiber – 9g sugar alcohol = 20 net carbs.
**Although there is no refined sugar added, this is not considered a sugar-free or keto dessert, as there are naturally occurring sugars in the crust and the cream cheese. ”