A list of low carbohydrate foods would include foods on the low end of the glycemic index (GI) rating. Low GI foods are rated less than 55. Glycemic index foods are rated based on the sugar content and how fast it is digested in the body system. When you think of low carbohydrate foods, you generally think of salads, fruits and whole wheat breads, but the list is much more.
What is a low carbohydrate diet
A low carbohydrate diet and no carbohydrates are usually tied in together. Atkins foods are stated to be no carbohydrate, but really the diet is low carbohydrate, as it allows up to 20 carbohydrates per day for phase I. How many carbohydrates are 20 in a day? It would equal around two cups of salad. Low carbohydrate diets, not Atkins usually allow from 50 to 150 carbohydrates per day. If you ever check oncarbohydrates and which foods have carbohydrates, you would see 150 carbohydrates is not much. If you follow the diet that Drew Carey was on which he stated was no carbohydrates, you would see it was indeed low carbohydrate. He ate no bread, pasta or potatoes, but he ate fruit. Bananas and grapes have carbohydrates. One medium banana has around 110 calories and 29 carbohydrates. Grapes have 7 carbohydrates per 1/4 cup.
List of low carbohydrate foods
There are several places you can find a list of carbohydrates. Here are a few to check out:
- Calorieking.com Here are some low carbohydrate foods to keep on your diet: All meats are low carbohydrate foods. Atkins diet only limits mussels, oysters, organ meats and prohibits the use of meats which have nitrates as a preservative, as they are cancer causing. Moreover, be aware that many processed meats are processed with sugars causing the carbohydrate rates to go up. Most all vegetables for salads are low carbohydrate to include: sprouts, greens (lettuce, spinach, and chard), herbs, cabbage, celery, radishes, mushrooms, asparagus, okra, cucumbers, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, zucchini and more. Fruits are more limited, but include melons, berries, lemons and limes. Grapefruits can also be eaten. Remember to eat fruits before your meal not after. Most cheeses have little or no carbohydrates in them such as: mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese, goat, cream cheese and Swiss.
What is a no carbohydrate diet?
A no carbohydrate diet is one where you eat absolutely no carbohydrates or low carbohydrates, such as the Atkins Diet. No carbohydrate diets allow minimum carbohydrates up to 50, but Atkins allows only 20 on Phase I. As you progress on Atkins you are allowed more carbohydrates and then it will become a low carbohydrate diet.