6 Low Carb Foods With Hidden Carbs
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6 Low Carb Foods With Hidden Carbs

Not all low carb foods are created equal. Some of the best low carb options could have hidden carbs.

When a dieter starts a low carb diet they often read books, Internet articles and low Carb forum posts about the best foods to diversify the menu. Foods and condiments like mustard, mayonnaise, Bacon and lunch meat are all acceptable low carb foods but not every brand offers a low carb ingredient list. Before assuming all acceptable low carb foods are the same, read the ingredient label for hidden carbs.

Mustard - Basic yellow mustard contains zero carbohydrates, but specialty mustards and honey mustard may contain hidden carbs.

Mayonnaise - Most brands of mayonnaise contain sugar but the label reads zero carbohydrates. Choose a southern-style mayonnaise or a brand with no sugar on the ingredient list.

Bacon - Bacon is a low carbohydrate delight but many brands use maple syrup or other form of sugar to cure the meat. Look for a brand with no sugar such as some varieties of Gwaltney Bacon.

Lunch meat - The same reason to check the Bacon label applies to lunch meat. The curing process often involves sugar. Read the label on prepackaged meats and ask the deli clerk to check the label on deli meats.

Vegetables - There is a common misconception that all vegetables are acceptable low Carb foods. On the contrary, there are many high carbohydrate vegetables that should be avoided when following a low carb diet. Some vegetables you should avoid due to hidden carbs include beets, broccolini, Brussels sprouts, yuca, corn, Jerusalem artichoke and parsnips.

Net Carbs? Before making that shopping list or picking up something different at the grocery store, find out the net carbohydrate count for that food – per serving. Net carbohydrates are calculated by subtracting the fiber content from the total carbohydrate content. For instance, if a food has 5 total carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber per serving, the net carbohydrate count is 2 grams. You only count net carbohydrates on a low carb diet.

Serving size and hidden carbs. Make sure to note the serving size. In some cases, one serving is as little as ¼ cup. Try to choose foods that are low in net carbohydrates and high in fiber and give you the best bang for your carbohydrate buck. You can eat a lot more green leafy lettuce than asparagus for the same carbohydrate impact.

Not all foods that appear to be low carb are acceptable on a low carb diet. Hidden carbs are one of the main reasons dieters don't lose weight while eating low carb.

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