There are numerous non-starchy vegetables, including asparagus, beans, broccoli, carrots, celery, mushrooms and tomatoes. These vegetables are low carbohydrate and have a low glycemic index.
Everyone's parents encouraged them to eat more veggies growing up. It is a good idea for kids and adults to get the minimum 3 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. However, not all vegetables are created equally. Some, like corn and potatoes, have lots of starches in them which are converted into carbohydrates in the body. Those suffering with diabetes or who are just trying to live a low carb lifestyle will do better to avoid starchy veggies.
Many non-starchy vegetables can be enjoyed as part of regular meals. In addition to those previously mentioned, some non-starchy vegetables include:
- Bean sprouts
- Brussels sprouts
- Pea pods
There are many other non-starchy vegetables to try eating. When considering a new vegetable, check to see if it has fewer than 5 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup of cooked or 1 cup of raw veggies. If it does, then it is a suitable non-starchy food. Most of the carbohydrates these vegetables contain is really fiber, and is not absorbed by the body.