Although salsa is often associated with tortilla chips, Mexican cheese dip — or queso — is a common side as well. While Mexican cheese dip is not the healthiest food choice, it does provide protein.
Calories in Queso
Mexican cheese dip is a calorie-dense food. Two tablespoons of Mexican cheese dip (or 30 grams) contains 42 calories, according to the USDA. Although this may not seem like a lot on its own, 1 ounce of tortilla chips contains 141 calories, per the USDA, so the combination of the two can be high in calories.
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Like most dairy-based products, Mexican cheese dip is high in fat. A 2-tablespoon serving has almost 3 grams of fat — keep in mind 2 tablespoons is quite small and more will add up fast.
Mexican cheese dip does provide a small amount of protein: 2 tablespoons contain 1 gram of protein. Protein is an essential nutrient because it is present in every cell of your body. Mexican cheese dip is low in carbohydrates, with just 3 grams per 2 tablespoons. This may make it appropriate for a low-carbohydrate diet.
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