Getting enough fruits and vegetables each day can be a challenge for some, but research indicates that these foods can help to reduce the
Fresh fruits and vegetables are generally low in fat and calories, but they contain various levels of carbohydrates and sugars. And for some people trying to manage their intake, carb content is helpful to know.
There are many diets that require a reduced carb intake. The Keto diet, for example, requires that a person eats less than 30 grams (g) of carbohydrates per day.
Including these fruits and vegetables when following a carb-light dietary regimen can add color, flavor, and vital nutrients to your diet without tipping the carb count in a direction that counteracts the healthful benefits of your low-carb diet.
Fruit tends to have a higher carbohydrate content than most vegetables, because of the naturally occurring sugars - they're sweeter, after all.
But that doesn't mean you should avoid them. If you're watching your carbohydrate intake, some fruit has a higher water content and therefore fewer carbs per standard serving.
This fruit of summer scores lowest in carbohydrate content, packing only
Berries are a popular choice for people watching their carb intake, and strawberries have the least. For each 100 g of strawberries, you'll get just
This popular orange melon is great on a hot summer's day and contains only
In addition, you'll get healthy monounsaturated fats, known to be good for heart health, among other things.
Another melon, honeydew, comes in at
A juicy and sweet treat, peaches surprisingly don't have too many carbohydrates. For every 100 g of fruit, you'll get
When you're limiting carbs, vegetables are an important source of nutrition. They are high in fiber and lower in overall calories per serving than any other food group. They also contain an array of healthy compounds such as vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
In general, the higher the water content, the lower the carb content per standard serving. These are the lowest-carb choices.
Cucumbers are a refreshing and nutritious addition to any salad - Greek or otherwise! Peeled, they contain just
2. Iceberg Lettuce
Perhaps one of the most popular, though least nutritious, vegetables, iceberg lettuce has only
Celery is a versatile veggie that goes as well with salads as it does with casseroles. And with the same number of carbs as iceberg lettuce (
4. White mushrooms
Mushrooms contain only
For every 100 g of spinach, you'll get
6. Swiss Chard
Another nutrient-dense leafy vegetable, Swiss chard packs only
Tomatoes, considered both a fruit and a vegetable, only contain
You need not sacrifice your favorite fruits and vegetables when reducing the intake of carbs in the diet.
Low-carb dieting can still be interesting, and a diet that reduces carb intake does not have to mean that your meals only consist of protein, all the time. Add some of these fruits and vegetables to make your plate more interesting and your nutrition more complete.
Even when following the Ketogenic diet, you can still experiment with meal plans to keep your diet balanced and nutritious.