Thursday, October 15, 2009

List of Low Carbohydrate Foods

While there are many good carbohydrates available to eat, too much of one thing in your diet isn't so great. If you're looking to cut your carb intake, this list of low carbohydrate foods will help get you started on a healthy low carb path.

Blackberries
Berries can be a great addition to any low carb diet. They're packed full of nutrients such as vitamins C and E that will keep your body going strong, even without much in the way of carbohydrates. Blackberries are a particularly good choice because they're extremely low in sugar.

Radishes
To consume even one gram of carbohydrate, you'd have to polish off 10 medium radishes! A carb count that low makes them a perfect addition to any list of low carbohydrate foods. Radishes have the added benefit of being a great source of fiber.

Tofu
This meat-free source of protein also boasts a very low carbohydrate count. It's a great way to load up on energy when you're looking to cut carbs. Tofu is also a great source of both calcium and vitamin E., and is cholesterol free. 

Watermelon
Not only is watermelon low in carbohydrates- it also contains something called Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which is similar to beta-carotene. However, watermelon has a lot of sugar, so be careful not to add too much of it to your diet.


Eggplant
Whether you're eating it with a little seasoning or cooking it up in a soup, eggplant is a great addition to any low carb diet. Though cooked and raw eggplant are both great choices, go with raw if you're really looking to cut back on carbohydrates. Eggplant also contains a healthy helping of fiber.


Chicken
Meats low in saturated fat such as chicken are a very healthy way to add protein when you're trying to cut back on carbs. Be sure that you don't bread your meat or serve it with a high-carb sauce when you serve it. Turkey is also a good choice.

Sunflower Seeds
This tasty snack is on our low carbohydrate list not only because it meets the basic criteria, but also because they're a natural source of many nutrients, including vitamin E and phytosterols. They've also been shown to be a great food when you want to detox.

Apples
Like watermelon, apples are a bit high in sugar, but they still boast many benefits. They're a particularly good source of quercetin, which is a powerful antioxidant. Try adding some apple to a low carb muffin recipe to enjoy them for breakfast. 


Carrots
Though most root vegetables are something people on low carbohydrate diets should avoid, carrots are still quite low in carbohydrates. They're also extremely nutritious, with Vitamin A, vitamin K,vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and alpha and beta-carotene.
 

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