Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet, but according to the Vermont Department of Health, excess carbohydrate consumption can lead to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. Eating too many carbs can also lead to weight gain. To help prevent weight gain and hyperglycemia, eat foods low in carbs. Better yet, consume low-carb foods that make you feel full to prevent overeating. Consult with your doctor first to make sure a low-carb diet is right for you.
Low-Carb Cheeses, Meats and Fish
Fat contributes to a feeling of fullness. Some cheeses that contain fat and are low in carbs include muenster, which contains 0.32 grams of carbs per 1-ounce serving, low-fat cheddar cheese and low-fat Colby cheese, which contain 0.54 grams of carbs per ounce. An ounce of processed American cheese contains 0.45 grams of carbs per 1-ounce serving. Two slices of extra lean ham has 0.43 grams of carbs, broiled pork bacon contains 0.27 grams of carbs per three medium slices. and one cooked chicken liver contains 0.17 grams of carbs. Three ounces of roasted dark meat turkey and drumstick meat from roasted chicken contains no carbs. Plain fish contains zero carbs as well.
Vegetables make you feel full because they contain fiber and water. Radishes are a low-carb vegetable, and one fresh radish contains only 0.15 grams of carbs. Broccoli, butterhead lettuce, romaine lettuce and cauliflower are low in carbs too. One cup of fresh broccoli florets contains 3.72 grams of carbs. Two fresh, medium-size butterhead lettuce leaves contain 0.34 grams of carbs. Two fresh romaine lettuce leaves contain 0.66 grams of carbs. One cup of fresh cauliflower florets has 5.32 grams of carbs.
Fruit, like vegetables, are low in carbs and contain filling fiber and water, but some fruits are higher in carbs than others. Fruits with the lowest amount of carbs include red and green grapes, which contain about 5 grams of carbs per 1/2-cup serving. Berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are low in carbs. Strawberries contain 6 grams of carbs per 1/2-cup serving. Raspberries and blackberries contain 7 grams of carbs per 1/2-cup serving. There are 6 grams of carbs in 1/2 cup of cantaloupe. Papaya contains 7 grams of carbs and watermelon contains 6 grams.
Other Low-Carb Foods
Water and carbonated club soda contain no carbohydrates, so you can drink as much as you want without concern about taking in too many carbs. Water is filling too. Since butter contains fat, you can add a small amount of butter to vegetables to make them more filling. One tablespoon of butter contains only 0.01 gram of carbs. Oils such as canola, soybean and corn oil contain no carbs.
- Vermont Department of Health: What You Should Know About High Blood Sugar
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Carbohydrate, by difference
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Eat More, Weigh Less?
- MedlinePlus: Dietary Fats
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Fruit & Vegetable of the Month