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Low Carb Doesn’t Mean No Carb

There are plenty of benefits to switching to a low-carb diet. It can help lower the level of triglycerides – a type of fat that increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart disease – found in your bloodstream, which will ultimately help you lose weight and feel better. Reducing your carb intake can also help stabilize your blood sugar and lower cholesterol.

We know it may seem tough to cut down on foods that are many people’s favorites, but eating low-carb meals doesn’t have to be a struggle. There are plenty of articles, recipes, tips, and tricks out there to help you along the way, and we know that once you get into the swing of things, you won’t be sorry.

Here are some foods you should avoid if you want to cut back on carbs:

Sweets

This one beats out all the rest. Baked goods, sweets, sugars, and syrups are at the top of every “do not eat” list for low-carb diets and with good reason. It’s safe to say that almost all sweets and desserts contain added sugar, which means they’re loaded with calories and carbs and seriously lacking in nutrients. Not only that, but they often also contain all of the wrong kinds of fats such as saturated and trans fat.

Certain fruits

Let’s face it: fruits are nature’s candy, so it only makes sense that they’re very often full of sugar. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all fruits, so it’s important to know which fruits are low carb and which fruits aren’t. It’s also good to know that while cutting out sweets and baked goods can only be good for you, fruits and veggies have a lot more to offer, so even ones with higher carb counts shouldn’t necessarily be avoided completely, but consumed in moderation.

Here are a few lower-carb fruits:

  • Raspberries and blackberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Cantaloupe
  • Avocado – Yes, technically it’s a fruit!

Certain Vegetables

Vegetables seem to be a little more easy-going when it comes to carb content than fruits due to the fact that they contain a decent amount less of sugar. It’s also a lot easier to remember which vegetables are low-carb than it is for fruits. Just remember this: vegetables that grow below the ground contain more carbs than vegetables that grow above ground. 

Here are some good examples of low-carb vegetables:

  • Cucumbers and zucchinis
  • Green leaves
  • Cauliflower and broccoli
  • Bell peppers
  • Celery

There’s a wide array of charts and lists available if you ever find yourself doubting which foods to avoid and which foods to go to when coming up with low carb meal ideas and it’s never a bad idea to do a little bit of research – you’d be surprised what more you’ll learn with a quick Google search. If you want a head-start check out this article on 10 proven health benefits of low-carb and ketogenic diets.