Below I've posted lists of foods with no carbs. These are helpful for anyone on a low carbohydrate diet or anyone who wants to decrease the amount of carbs they are eating.
You do need carbs for energy. And, though someone on the Atkin's diet can get around this by placing their body into ketosis (consuming zero carbs always), for most people a reasonable amount of carbs are needed for health.
Keep in mind that not all carbs are created equal. Simple carbohydrates such as those found in white breads and pastas tend to elevate blood sugar more significantly. This, through the action of insulin, leads to increased fat storage in the body, something we are trying to avoid.
Including foods with no carbs in your diet can decrease
your overall carb consumption and help you lose weight.
So, without further delay, here are common types of foods that you may want to include in your diet that contain exactly zero carbohydrates:
Meat such as beef, fish, chicken, seafood, and eggs is carbohydrate free. So the following are foods with no carbs:
Be aware that processed, packaged meats such as hot dogs, sausage, etc. can have some carbs due to added flavoring and preservatives.
In addition to meats, some condiments and seasonings also have no carbs:
Other foods with no carbs:
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
At this point, you may be wondering if there are any other types of foods with no carbs. The answer is, not really. All plants, fruits, and vegetables contain some amount of carbohydrates, some more, some less. Most dairy foods other than butter and a few cheeses (listed above) contain a significant amount of carbs. Sugar contains carbs. And, of course, all foods made from vegetables and grains have carbs including bread, pasta, and so on.
Unless you are on the Atkins Diet or another zero-carb diet, carbohydrates are not really your "enemy". However, consuming an excessive amount of carbs, whether simple carbs or complex carbs, will certainly make you fat. I hope the lists above help you when planning your meals, by giving you the option to balance out any carbs you may be planning to eat with another food type that contains none.
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