What Foods Are Low in Carbs?


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Foods that are low in carbohydrates include nonstarchy vegetables, such as salad greens, asparagus and Brussels sprouts, and low-sugar fruits, such as berries. Additionally, meat, poultry, fish, seafood and eggs are low in carbohydrates. Some types of nuts, seeds and dairy products are also low in carbohydrates.

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Nonstarchy vegetables, such as Swiss chard, collard greens, kale and bok choy, are low in carbohydrates. Summer squashes, green onions, peppers, artichokes, eggplant and mushrooms are also types of nonstarchy vegetables that are low in carbohydrates. Additionally, other vegetables that contain few carbohydrates include foods such as radishes, sprouts and tomatoes, as well as fruits such as avocado, cucumber and melon. Herbs such as cilantro, parsley and basil contain few carbohydrates.

Cream, sour cream, full-fat cottage cheese and ricotta contain very few carbohydrates and are high in fat and protein. Sugar-free yogurt is another type of dairy product low in carbohydrates. Flax seeds and almond nuts also contain small amounts of carbohydrates and are higher in protein and fat.

Unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder and coconut, and almond, soy and hemp milk are low-carbohydrate foods that are commonly used for baking or as additions to meals. Condiments such as mustard, bouillon, sugar-free pickle relish, soya and pesto sauce are low-carbohydrate foods used to add flavor to meals. Pork rinds are a low-carbohydrate snack food and reduced-starch tortillas can be used in low-carbohydrate meals.

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