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What Are The Best Keto Foods?

When starting your keto journey, the most challenging thing is understanding what food you should eat and what you shouldn’t.

This article will explain the different macronutrients and how much you should consume them. Also, we will go through the top 4 foods that people often ask about.

Carbohydrates: Don’t Blame The Butter For What The Bread Did

On keto, you should consume minimal carbohydrates, a lot of fat, and enough protein. You should aim for around 50 grams per day.

But you should also understand that some people may have a threshold for ketosis at 30 grams of carbs, while others might have it at 80 grams.

If you want to know your carb threshold, try measuring your ketone levels while monitoring your daily carb intake.

Low & High-Carb Foods

Foods low in carbohydrates are allowed, while foods high in carbohydrates should be excluded.

Other foods should be consumed in moderation.

When choosing foods based on their carb content, you should consider your plans for the rest of the day. For example, if you consume 40 grams of carbs at breakfast and your daily limit is 50 grams, your food choices will be super limited, and most likely, you may not enter ketosis.

The below tables summarizes common low-carb foods that you may want to consider during your diet:

 1: Low-carb dairy

DAIRY tABLE FOODS

Tip: the net carb is the carb content minus the fibre content. So, fibre is not considered a carb. Example: avocados have 8.6 grams of carbs per 100 grams of fruits, of which 6.8 grams are fibres. So, the net carb of avocado is 1.8 grams.

2- Low-carb fruits

keto, Fruits

3- Low-carb legumes

keto, Legumes

4- Low-carb vegetables

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Keto Food Choice Permissions

Alright, we all hate when something is “allowed” or “not allowed” but the truth is that the ketogenic diet is quite restrictive.

Therefore, some products are allowed and others are really, conditional for the most part.

Let’s have a look at which one’s which!

Allowed

● Cheese, ● Cream● Fish and seafood● Herbs and spices● Meat● non-caloric artificial or natural sweeteners● Poultry and eggs● Added fats (oils)

Conditional

● Alcohol● Dark chocolate● Coffee and tea● Dips and sauces● Fruits● Legumes● Milk and yoghurt
● Nuts and seeds● Vegetables

Excluded

● Grains● Juice● Non-diet soda● Most below ground Vegetables

4 Most Commonly Searched Foods

People interested in keto often as about these foods: red meat, eggs, artificial sweeteners, and alcoholic drinks.

Red Meat

Many studies claim that red meat is unhealthy, and its consumption is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and death.

Several scientists say that this association is not accurate and most of these studies are only observational.

Participants rely on their memory to fill out the form given to them.

You can never be sure whether red meat is safe because we need randomized control studies (not observational) and these studies tend to be much more expensive and challenging to conduct.

So, should you ban red meat just to stay on the safe side?

No, if you moderate your red meat intake, eat fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, consume enough fibres, and don’t smoke, the effect of red meat on your health isn’t something worth worrying about

Eggs

Eggs are safe to consume if you don’t have a specific pre-existing condition like diabetes, hyperglycemia, or familial hypercholesterolemia.

You can eat up to 4 eggs a day with no problem.

However, you should keep your eye on LDL levels since many people can experience a rise in it when they start keto.

Artificial Sweeteners

Neither artificial sweeteners nor natural nonnutritive sweeteners will kick you out of ketosis.

Is it okay to consume them?.
Don’t be shy of using them for some keto desserts, too!

Alcoholic Drinks

Alcohol (ethanol) won’t stop your ketosis, but some alcoholic drinks can.

● Mixed drinks like soda or fruit juice have a high-carb content. Try our Low carb versions
● Distilled fermented drinks (tequila, vodka, whisky) are carb-free and are okay to consume with ketosis.
● Non-distilled fermented drinks (e.g., beer, cider, wine) contain carbs, though the actual content varies greatly.

So hey, much like any other approach to nutrition, it is a good idea to keep your eye on alcohol intake while you’re on keto!

Final Thoughts

In the end, it’s up to you. You have a choice of how you want to fuel your body, and many different ways work for people.

It is important to experiment with what works best for you and not rely on one system as the only way forward.

For those looking for more information about keto or low-carb diets, we can help!

Contact us today if this blog post has sparked any questions in your mind about ketosis, and we’ll be happy to answer them.

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