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Q:

Are blueberries and bananas OK for a low-carb diet?

Amy Campbell

A:

Even people who are following a low-carbohydrate (carb) diet need to eat some carb. Carbohydrate provides the body with energy, much like gasoline fuels your car. Carb is found in all fruit and fruit juices; starches, like bread, pasta, cereal and rice; milk and yogurt; and desserts. One carbohydrate serving or choice contains 15 grams of carb. You need to know what a serving size is for the type of carb food that you want to eat. For example, one half of a medium banana and ¾ cup of blueberries each contain 15 grams of carb. You also need to know how much carb to aim for at each of your meals and snacks, as this will determine how much of certain foods you can eat. If you’re not sure how much carb you need, ask your physician for a referral to a dietitian.

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