List of Zero Carb foods and Low Carb foods

The popularity of zero carb foods is increasing. You may be sceptical about low carb or zero carb diet, but many people follow it.

What is a zero carb diet

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If you are bulky and looking for ways to lose weight quickly zero carb diet may help you.  Here, you have to consume food items that lack carbohydrate and focus on fats and protein.

In the absence of carbs, the body starts using stored fat to produce energy. The burning of fat also referred as ketosis and leads to quick weight loss.

Carbs are classified as starch, sugar and fibre. Fibre can’t be broken down into sugar. They add bulk to stool and passes out of the body undigested. The foods rich in fibre is less digestible delivers less sugar. Thus, when we talk about zero carb foods, we mean no sugar and no starch.

Below is the list zero carbs foods

Meat

  • Eggs
  • Lamb
  • Animal Organs
  • Chicken, duck and turkey
  • Lamb
  • Beef
  • Game meat
  • Pork

Unprocessed and fresh zero carb fish

  • Cod
  • Sole
  • Flounder
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna
  • Sardine
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Lobster
  • Shrimp
  • Salmon

No carb oils

  • Peanut oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Corn oil
  • Soyabean oil
  • Canola oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower oil

No carb condiments and seasoning

  • Yellow mustard
  • Vinegar
  • Animal fat
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Olives
  • Flaxseeds

Zero carb beverages

  • Water
  • Club soda
  • Green tea
  • Unsweetened black tea or black coffee

Foods with a negligible amount of carb

  • Butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dill weed
  • Chives
  • Vinegar
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese
  • Radishes
  • Salami
  • Mustard
  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Sour cream
  • Bacon
  • Spinach
  • Sausage
  • Green pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes

Low carb vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Pumpkin leaves
  • Chicory greens
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Turnip greens
  • Watercress
  • Mustard spinach
  • Cilantro
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Basil
  • Nopales
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Celery
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Collards
  • Chives
  • Yellow snap beans
  • Okra
  • Arugula
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Swiss chard
  • Portabella mushrooms
  • Taro shoots
  • Green pepper
  • Cabbage
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Edamame
  • Eggplant

Low carb fruits

  • Avocados
  • Cranberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries

If you are planning a zero carb diet, it may take several forms. Some people, concentrate on meat others chose a variety of foods such as organ meat, seafood, cheese or eggs. The diet predominantly involves food from an animal source, but as you can see in the list, you can also consume plant-based fats.

Zero carb diet or a low carb diet

Excess of carbs is not good for the body and leads to obesity, cardiac diseases, dental caries, type 2 diabetes and gastrointestinal diseases. But carbs are the primary source of energy. In fact, our brain derives energy only from carbohydrates. Other essential functions of carbs are promoting the growth of good bacteria, regulation of nervous system, maintaining digestion, sparing proteins to be used for growth, development and production of enzymes.

Lack of carbohydrate leads to unhealthy weight loss, weakness, mood swings, lack of concentration. Fatigue, constipation, marasmus diseases, Ketosis etc. Thus, a moderate amount of carbs is needed by our body to carry out vital functions.

To sum up, to lose weight follow a low carb diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre. If you have diabetes we hope you will find the list of zero carb foods useful.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta

Professionally homeopathic physician and dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in a holistic approach to well-being and health.

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