Low Carbohydrate Food Lists

So you've decided to jump on the low carb diet bandwagon, now what? You are in search of low carbohydrate food lists.

You know that foods low in carbohydrates include most forms of protein: beef, chicken, fish, seafood, pork, and so on.


What about vegetables and fruits? If you're on Atkins Induction please refer to the list of induction friendly veggies (no fruits are allowed.) If you are past induction (or doing a different plan) here is a list of low carbohydrate foods. For exact carb counts of each one, please see the USDA nutritional database. Remember that most people who count carbohydrates, choose to subtract any fiber from the total carbs.

Vegetables Lower in Carbohydrates

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage (or sauerkraut)
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers (or pickles without added sugars)
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Greens – lettuces, spinach, chard, etc.
  • Green Beans and Wax Beans
  • Hearty Greens - collards, mustard greens, kale, etc.
  • Herbs - parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.
  • Jicama
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peppers (bell, jalapeno, etc.)
  • Pumpkin
  • Radicchio and endive count as greens
  • Radishes
  • Scallions or green onions
  • Sea Vegetables
  • Snow Peas (pods)
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Sprouts (bean, alfalfa, etc.)
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Zuchinni

Fruits Lower* in Carbohydrates

  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Casaba Melon
  • Cranberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Guavas
  • Honeydew Melons
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Nectarines
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Rhubarb
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

* Fruits may or may not be on your low carbohydrate plan. Fruits are naturally higher in sugar and carbohydrates, so portions and properly counting these carbohydrates are critical.

This list of low carb foods is only a general guideline and a good place to begin to look for vegetables and/or fruits that suit your plan and your taste.

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