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Old 11-13-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Cheesecake Factory

Headed there for dinner tonight. Just wondered if anyone has the scoop on the Low Carb Cheesecake they offer. What does TCF define as low carb?

I'll probably just end up with a decaf coffee but figured I would ask
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Old 11-13-2010, 01:57 PM   #2
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So called LC cheesecake has 37 carbs for the plain cheesecake (no berries) and 12 net carbs, if you subtract the sugar alcohols. Keeping in mind that sugar alcohols actually affect many people just like any other carb, it's certainly no carb bargain. Also, almost 600 calories, if that matters. It's voodoo marketing.
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I ordered it once to see what it was like. It tasted great, however I felt awful for the next few days. I tend to feel bad when I eat higher carbs than normal, but maybe it was all of the sugar alcohols. I felt very run down and lethargic. Personally, I won't get it again.
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I've had a slice every time I've been there, and it didn't upset anything for me. I even had a slice for my birthday last year. I'm not a fan of splenda so it wasn't the most delicious dessert in the world, but I enjoyed it with coffee after our meal just like everyone else.
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Just FYI, it's sweetened with Splenda, which is not a Sugar alcohol. I understand that despite this it might cause digestive upset to some- but just wanted to clarify. I can't find anywhere else that suggests it might have other sugar alcohols used to sweeten it.

Their nutritional content says 11 net carbs. I've had it before, I think its slightly "grainier" then normal cheesecake but not bad at all. I split a piece with my husband.
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Just FYI, it's sweetened with Splenda, which is not a Sugar alcohol. I understand that despite this it might cause digestive upset to some- but just wanted to clarify. I can't find anywhere else that suggests it might have other sugar alcohols used to sweeten it.

Their nutritional content says 11 net carbs. I've had it before, I think its slightly "grainier" then normal cheesecake but not bad at all. I split a piece with my husband.
Yes, it's "Made with Splenda", BUT it's also made with maltitol and erythritol. That's where the sugar alcohols come in.

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Rose, I'm interested to know where you got your info? I'd love to read the ingredient list. When I was there the menu claimed 6 net carbs and only mentioned Splenda. I wonder if it's changed over time? Not being snarky, just genuinely interested.
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Rose, I'm interested to know where you got your info? I'd love to read the ingredient list. When I was there the menu claimed 6 net carbs and only mentioned Splenda. I wonder if it's changed over time? Not being snarky, just genuinely interested.

It's listed as 37 carbs-11 effective. It is made with Splenda but they don't disclose the other ingredients. t also has graham crackers in the crust.

Cheesecake Factory Nutrition Facts: Full Menu Data at Last!

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Rose, I'm interested to know where you got your info? I'd love to read the ingredient list. When I was there the menu claimed 6 net carbs and only mentioned Splenda. I wonder if it's changed over time? Not being snarky, just genuinely interested.
If one is insistent enough, they will reply, finally. It's their standard answer.

INGREDIENTS: Cream Cheese (Pasteurized Milk and Cream, Cream Culture, Salt, Xanthan and/or Carob Bean and/or Guar Gums), Eggs, Erythritol, Walnuts, Polydextrose, Low Carb Crumb (Polydextrose, Cornstarch, Palm Oil, Eggs, Soy Protein Concentrate, Enriched Wheat Flour [Contains Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Vital Wheat Gluten, Maltitol, Natural Flavor, Baking Powder [Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Cornstarch], Salt, Sucralose), Sour Cream (Cultured Cream, Nonfat Milk, Vegetable Enzyme), Butter, Splenda (sucralose), Vanillin (Artificial Flavor), Vegetable Gum"

"6 Carb Cheesecake" refers to the "Net Effective Carbohydrates" and was
developed for customers that want a "low carb" alternative. Net Effective
Carbohydrates are calculated as follows, based on the nutrition information for this cake.

Total Carbohydrates (39g) - Dietary Fiber (12g) - Sugar Alcohol (22g) =
5 g Net Effective Carbohydrates

From the nutritional information provided below, this results in 5g Net
Effective Carbohydrates. This cake is declared conservatively (accounting for a slight variation in the manufacturing process and slicing) as a "6 Carb Cheesecake."

6 Carb Cheesecake
Serving Size 1 slice (199g)
Calories 610
Calories from Fat 520g
Total Fat 57g
Saturated Fat 29g
Cholesterol 270mg
Sodium 410mg
Total Carbohydrate 39g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Sugars 4g
Sugar Alcohol 22g
Protein 16g

Net Effective Carbohydrates = Total Carbohydrates (39g) - Dietary Fiber
(12g) - Sugar Alcohol (22g) = 5g Net Effective Carbohydrates

ALLERGY WARNING: This product is processed in a plant that manufactures
products with nuts/peanuts.

We hope this information is helpful. Thank you again for contacting
The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated.
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I wonder if the "lc crumb" is the graham cracker?
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Thank you, Rose and Lisabinil! They have a lot of nerve charging $47 for a cheesecake made with artificial vanilla and bulked out with soy powder, lol! Voodoo marketing, indeed!
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Thanks all - when I was there they told me each slice had 42 grams of carbs. I didn't even bother to ask about net carbs. We ended up not getting any dessert there - the others with me decided they didn't want all the calories that would come with their cheesecakes. lol
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sugar alcohols are VERY painful for me - I'm going there for dinner tomorrow night but I will not be ordering this!
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I wish they would take out the Splenda all together. I know many low-carbers have their own views on artificial sweeteners, but I just don't sit well with ingesting chemicals and chlorinated sugar molecules. Gross.

Erythritol I cannot handle well, which is weird because most people handle that just fine. Does anyone else have a hard time with this one? My body is more in tune with Xylitol. I haven't tried maltitol yet.
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maltitol is terrible. It upsets my stomach immediately. Then bathroom the rest of the night. skip it.
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I wish they would take out the Splenda all together. I know many low-carbers have their own views on artificial sweeteners, but I just don't sit well with ingesting chemicals and chlorinated sugar molecules. Gross.

Erythritol I cannot handle well, which is weird because most people handle that just fine. Does anyone else have a hard time with this one? My body is more in tune with Xylitol. I haven't tried maltitol yet.
I have the opposite effect, I can handle erythritol but have to limit my xylitol intake. It makes my tummy rumbly.

Splenda sits just fine...I think its odd that they label things as "sweetened with splenda" and it's one of the last ingredients on the list. I dislike when "mailtiol" is toward the top of the list because that definitely doesn't sit right!
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Cheesecake factory's numbers don't add up

They state:
57gm fat = 520 cal

and I calculate:
39gm total carb @ 4 cal/gm = 156 cal
16gm protein @ 4cal/gm = 64 cal

for a total of 740 calories, not 610 as they state.

I'm new here, but I thought low-carbers were not so worried about total calories as total grams of carb.

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