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List Of Carbohydrate Foods For A Low Carbohydrate Diet

This list of carbohydrate foods will help you balance the sugar content of your diet by including complex carbohydrates foods into your eating plan. If you are on a low carbohydrate diet, or thinking of going on one, it is essential that you understand the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates, and their effect on the glycemic load.

How Are Complex Carbohydrates Foods Different to Simple Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are an important part of the diet. The body breaks them down into simple sugars, the major source of energy for the body. There are two major classes of carbohydrates: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates provide many of the nutrients and vitamins that are required for energy production in the body. Simple carbohydrates on the other hand tend to be devoid of these nutrients and are therefore at a greater risk of being converted into fat. Additionally complex sugars take longer to digest and therefore release sugar into the blood at a slow but steady rate. This is important for maintaining blood sugar levels and preventing peaks and troughs especially in diabetics.

Examples Of Complex Carbohydrate Foods

So where can we obtain our complex carbohydrates from? Some examples of complex carbohydrate foods are bran, oats, barley, maize, brown pasta, brown rice, wholegrain breads, sweet potatoes, weetabix, cassava, beans, and lentils. This list of carbohydrate foods is the better option to eat.

Low Carbohydrate Food Lists

Food low in carbohydrates is useful when you want to lose weight or for the treatment of obesity.
  • Vegetables: asparagus, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, onions, pumpkin, carrots, olives, cucumber, parsley, broccoli, celery
  • Fruits: Apple, banana, pear, orange, pineapple, pear, lime, lemon, tomato, tangerine, grapefruit, avocado, kiwi fruit, melon
  • Foods with negligible amounts of carbohydrates: meat, poultry, fish, water, corn oil, olive oil and sunflower oil.

Sample Low Carbohydrate Diet

So what should your menu consist of if you need to follow a low-carbohydrate diet?

Meal Foods To Have
Breakfasts Omelette, scrambled, fried of boiled eggs

Fresh berries and low fat yoghurt

Protein Shake

Snacks Handful of mixed nuts - brazil, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans

Grilled mushrooms with a cheese topping

Tomatoes with Feta cheese

Vegie sticks with guacamole dip

Lunches Deli slices of beef, turkey, chicken, rolled up in cheese with some lettuce and mayo

Burgers - just remember to take out the buns!


Vegetable soups

Salads - add some chicken or steak and spice it up

Dinners Prawn cocktail

Grilled fish

Steak and vegetables

Bread, rice, pasta are all rich in carbohydrates, but brown options take longer to digest and are therefore healthier. As previously mentioned, carbohydrates are essential in our diet. A carbohydrate-free diet is not healthy. However, try to eat foods that contain complex carbohydrates rather than simple carbohydrates when chosing from the list of carbohydrate foods.

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