On a Low Carbohydrate Diet? The Higher the Carb, the Higher the Sugar

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Low Carb Diets
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Vegetables on a Low-Carb Diet: The Best and Worst
Low-Carb Vegetables

Most vegetables are encouraged on low-carb diets (though the carbs need to be counted if required by the specific diet). If you are on a specific diet, be sure to check out the list in the book.

If you are considering using organic vegetables, check out this list of which fruits and vegetables have the most and least pesticides to help you guide your choices.

Quick Tip to Help You Remember Which Veggies Have the Most and Least Carbs

Low-Carb Vegetables

This list is roughly arranged from lowest to highest carbohydrate counts, but all are non-starchy and generally low in carbohydrates. Exact carb count depends on serving size. Remember when counting carbs in vegetables that the fiber is not counted, and can be subtracted from the total. For more information about each vegetable, including carbs, calories, glycemic index, and recipes, click on the vegetables that have a link.
Sprouts (bean, alfalfa, etc.)
Greens – lettuce, spinach, chard, etc.
Hearty Greens - collards, mustard greens, kale, etc.
Radicchio and endive count as greens
Herbs - parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.
Bok Choy
Bamboo Shoots
Celery
Radishes
Sea Vegetables (Nori, etc)
Mushrooms
Cabbage (or sauerkraut)
Jicama
Avocado
Asparagus
Okra
Cucumbers (or pickles without added sugars)
Green Beans and Wax Beans
Fennel
Cauliflower
Broccoli
Peppers
Green Bell Peppers
Red Bell Peppers
Jalapeno Peppers
Summer Squash
Zuchinni
Brussels Sprouts
Scallions or green onions
Snow Peas/Snap Peas/Pea Pods
Tomatoes
Eggplant
Tomatillos
Artichokes
Turnips
Pumpkin
Rutabagas
Spaghetti Squash
Celery Root (Celeriac)
Carrots
Onions
Leeks
Starchy (High Carb) Vegetables

The main vegetables to be avoided when reducing carbohydrates are the starchier and sweeter vegetables:
Carrots (some diets flag carrots as a problem, though they are lower in carbs than others in this group)
Beets
Peas
Winter Squashes, such as acorn and butternut
Water Chestnuts
Parsnips
Potatoes in all forms
Sweet Potatoes
Corn
Plantains
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