When I tell patients how I advise a wheat-free, cornstarch-free, sugar-free diet on the background of a low-carbohydrate diet, some people ask: “But can I live on a no-carb diet?”
Well, there’s no such thing as a “no-carb” diet. Low-carb, yes. No-carb, no.
Here are the carbohydrate contents of various “low-carb” foods:
Gouda cheese–3 oz contains 1.65 grams carbohydrates
Mozzarella cheese–1 cup contains 2.89 grams carbohydrates
Walnuts–4 oz (56 nuts) contains 2.96 grams carbohydrates
Almonds–4 oz contains 1.38 grams carbohydrates
Sour cream–one-half cup contains 3.31 grams carbohydrates
Red wine–3.5 oz glass contains 2.69 grams carbohydrates
Eggplant–1 cup cooked contains 8.33 grams carbohydrates
Green pepper–1 medium-sized raw contains 5.52 grams carbohydrates
Cucumber–1 medium contains 4.34 grams carbohydrates
Tomato–1 medium contains 4.82 grams carbohydrates
(Nutrition data from USDA Nutrient Database)
In other words, foods thought to be “low-carb” actually contain a modest quantity of carbohydrates.
Such modest quantities of carbohydrates may not be enough to trip your blood sugar. But add up all the “low-carb” foods you consume over the course of a day and you can easily achieve 30 grams or more carbohydrates per day even without consuming any higher carbohydrate foods.
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