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#1. Are turnips low carb?
#2. Is milk low carb?
Alas – milk, especially ‘skim’ and ‘low fat’ milk is high in sugar, and the process that skims fat leaves behind a higher concentration of sugar. By nature, lactose is a naturally occurring sugar found in milk.
One cup of milk has about 12 grams of carbs. Not going to be a huge issue if you use a tablespoon for your tea, but I recommend half and half or whole whipping cream instead (which is MUCH tastier, too!).
#3. Is blueberry Greek yogurt low carb?
Sorry, these delicious looking snacks are generally filled with sugar. The average 5 oz container contains around 20g of carbs, almost ALL of them contain added sugar. The problem is two fold – making the product lower fat/fat free leaves more of the lactose sugar and the blueberry flavoring adds in a lot more sugar.
If you really love your Greek yogurt, find a full fat, plain version and add your own berries.
#4. Is corn low carb?
Alas – corn is corny, and not in a fun ‘ha ha’ way, but in a ‘boo hoo’ way. One of the U.S.’s top exports, we’ve found a way to smush corn into tons of foods in various forms (High Fructose Corn Syrup, anyone?). Bad news for us, since corn is a super carby, sugary bad boy. One cup of canned yellow corn has about 30 grams of carbs in it.
#5. Are nuts low carb?
This is a little bit of a trick question, as it’s all about portion control and type of nut. Are you able to eat just a few and then stop? Almonds, pecans and walnuts are the lowest carb nuts. Portion out first and then tuck that jar away! Nuts are great because they are also high fat, but they are just so delicious it’s hard to stop at a few. Also, stay away from nuts covered in sugar!
1 oz of :
- Pecans (~20 halves) have ~1 net carb
- Walnuts (~14 halves) have 2 net carbs
- Almonds (~22 nuts) have 3 net carbs
- Pistachios (~40 nuts!) have around 4 net carbs
- Cashews (~16 nuts) have 8 net carbs
- A peanut isn’t a nut, it’s a legume!
- They have about 3 net carbs per ounce (~28 peanuts).
#6. Is coconut water low carb?
This product is tricky – coconut milk and coconut cream are low(ish) carb, but not coconut water!
When I first went low carb I made the bad call to NOT look at a label before guzzling down a coconut water. I thought it was low carb, since I read about coconut milk being a decent low carb milk substitute. Boy was I annoyed when, after the final sip, I glanced at the label and saw the stupid thing have over 15g of carbs, half my daily allotment.
#7. Are beans low carb?
Beans are a high carb legume that also contain high levels of lectin, which can cause digestive issues (hence the musical fruit poem).
- Soybeans – ~10 net carbs (good bean dip substitute)
- Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans – ~30 net carbs
- Kidney beans – ~28 net carbs
- Pinto – 30 net carbs
- Black beans – ~30 net carbs
Note that green beans are fine, with a cup containing around 4g of net carbs.
#8. Are carrots low carb?
Carrots are high carb so don’t be snacking on those sweet, sweet baby carrots all day.
I use carrots in moderation in my cooking. For example, since a medium (7″ carrot) is about 4 net carbs, I’ll throw one of those bad boys into a salad that serves 2 – 4, or in with a batch of boiled turnips/radishes that are going to be mashed with cheese and cream that will serve 2 -4 people (aka me, myself and I over two nights in a row). Adds a nice bit of color and sweetness.
#9. Is brown rice low carb?
Sadly, rice is high carb, regardless of if it’s white rice or brown. One cup of brown rice has around 40 net carbs!