This part of the low carb food list will focus more on vegetables. After reading this article, you will have more ideas on what kinds of vegetables you should be including in your list and how much vegetables you should be eating in a day or in a week.
Remember not to measure vegetables with the use of a cup because it will just give you an inaccurate measurement. You should weight it because it is the most accurate way of measuring vegetables. If you are following a certain program such as the Atkins diet, you will be provided with the list of low carb foods including the vegetables. However, you can still add vegetables on your list after knowing the low carb vegetables listed here.
Good Vegetables to Stay Fit
1. Low Carb Vegetables
Green vegetables are definitely included in this category since most of them have very low carb content. Green vegetables have less than 5g of carbohydrate per 100g of serving. Aside from green vegetables, there are also non-green veggies that have low carb content and here are great examples.
Watercress, endive, asparagus, bokchoy or pak choi, spinach and lettuce only contain less than 2g Of carbohydrate per 100g of serving.
Kohlrabi, cauliflower, mushroom, tomato, eggplant or aubergine, radish, celery, green bell pepper, summer squash or marrow, zucchini or courgette and aurugula or rocket only contain 2g to 2.9g of carbohydrate per 100g. of serving.
Green onion tops or spring onion tops, string beans, parsley, okra, jicama, red bell pepper, white cabbage, green cabbage and cucumber only contain 3g to 3.9g of carbohydrate per 100g of serving.
Snow peas or mange-tout, fennel, yellow bell pepper, turnip and broccoli only contain 4g to 4.9g of carbohydrate per 100g of serving.
2. Medium to High Carb Vegetables
In this category, we will include the kinds of vegetables that do not fall under the low carb food list since they have higher carb content than the ones that are listed above. Onions are included in the medium carb vegetables list unless they are served in small quantities.
Other medium carb vegetables include celeriac, winter squashes, rutabaga or swede, carrot, pumpkin, red cabbage, kale, green peas and leek. These vegetables contain 5g to 12g of carbohydrate per 100g of serving.
The vegetables that are included in the high carb list are parsnip, lentils, garbanzo and similar beans, potato including sweet potato, and corn. Corn is not really a vegetable but a grain–however, we’re including it here since many people think of it as a vegetable. These high carb veggies contain more than 12g of carbohydrate per 100g of serving.
On a low carb diet, you might include small quantities of medium carb vegetables, but not large servings. You would probably not include any high carb vegetables.
3. Olives and Avocados
Olives and avocados are actually not vegetables because they are fruits. However, these 2 common low carb fruits are not sweet tasting and are usually included in salads which is why we have included them in this part of the food list.
California avocados only contain about 1.8g of carbohydrate per 100g of serving and Florida avocados only contain 2.2g of carbohydrate per 100g of serving thus, they are both good for those people who want to lose weight and be fit.
For the olives, they only contain around 3g of carbohydrate per 100g of serving but be careful not to buy those that contain added sugars in the liquid.
Part 3 of our low carb foods list will look at other foods.