Foods You Never Knew Carbs Were Hiding In

Low-carb diets are all the rage these days, but they're not as easy to follow as they sound There's a lot more to living a low-carb lifestyle than simply giving up your beloved bread and pasta

Carbohydrates are hiding in places you would never suspect, and giving them up the right way might involve ditching some foods you previously thought were safe Here’s a list of foods that aren’t as low-carb as you might think! Yogurt By itself, yogurt isn't too high in carbs, even though it contains lactose, a naturally occuring sugar Without any added sweeteners, plain yogurt contains about 11 grams of carbs per 8-ounce portion However, additives can really pack the carbs into your so-called healthy afternoon snack Those delicious flavored yogurts can contain three to four times the sugar content of plain yogurt! Beans Cheap, versatile, and chock-full of nutrients, beans are a staple food for millions of people around the world

But just because they're super good for you doesn't make them low in carbs Though beans have a reputation for packing a lot of protein, they’re still a carbohydrate One cup of black beans has 41 grams of carbohydrates — the same amount of carbs found in two slices of bread That’s a lot! However, the carbs you do get from beans are usually pretty healthy Much of the carbohydrates in beans come from fiber, a carb which aids in fullness and slows down the digestion of food

So, beans may be suitable for some low-carb diets, as long as you consume them in moderation After all, there are plenty of great bean recipes "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti" Fruit Delicious, nutritious, and 100 percent natural, fruit is among the tastiest foods on the planet However, despite the fact that it literally grows on trees, fruit isn’t always suitable for low-carb diets — no matter how yummy it may be

Though fruit is still a healthier choice than a plate of spaghetti, its natural sugar content can really pack on the carbs Take this into consideration the next time you find yourself reaching for a bunch of grapes Peanut butter Even though it's widely considered to be healthy and packed full of energy-providing nutrients, peanut butter does have its share of carbs Luckily for the peanut butter lovers of the world, more than half the carbs in the sticky snack come from fiber So as long as you don’t eat half a jar in one sitting, peanut butter is actually a smart carb choice

However, not all peanut butter is made equally Many peanut butter brands might have added sweeteners in their recipes, making the carb count shoot through the roof If you’re living a low-carb lifestyle, you’ll have to be a savvy shopper and search for natural peanut butter with no added sugars Too much sugar, you know what to do "OK

That's fine" Jerky Jerky is often thought to be a great go-to snack for low-carb dieters After all, meat has always been a reliable, carb-free snack, right? Unfortunately, these cured meats often contain a whole lot of added sugar, making them a no-go for low-carb dieters "We make our own beef jerky That's what we do

And now that's all wrecked!"! Plus, jerkies tend to not be as filling as actual fresh meat because most of the appetite-suppressing water content is removed in preparation Before you know it, you’ll have eaten a whole bag of beef jerky — and you’ll have all the carbs to show for it, too Condiments The condiments section of the grocery store can be a minefield, even when you're aware of the ingredients As harmless as certain condiments might seem, these tasty food items are often packed with added sugar — even if they don’t necessarily taste very sweet Some of the worst offenders are salad dressings that claim to be low-fat or fat-free

Many times, these low-fat products have actually just swapped fats for other ingredients that are far from low in carbohydrates "Yeah, I could eat a whole bottle too…” Chances are you're safe with mayo, but definitely read the labels on any ketchup, and salad dressings While barbecue sauces are pretty much out, many hot sauces are good to go — like Tabasco, which is free of carbohydrates And while mustard is a safe bet, honey mustard is unfortunately a no-go Life just isn’t fair

Meatballs Meat is an essential part of most low-carb diets — it's protein-rich, super flavorful, and very satisfying But just as jerky has hidden carbs you might not be aware of, other meat options can, too Meatballs are an exception to the low-carb rule These guys can have carbs, as most meatball recipes call for breadcrumbs or torn pieces of bread So when it comes to meat, stick to what you know is safe for your diet — or get in the kitchen and whip it up yourself! Milk Cow's milk is nourishing and chock full of calcium

But just because it's essential for growth and development doesn't mean it's safe for low-carb dieters “I see you’re drinking 1% – is that cuz you think you’re fat? Cuz you’re not; you could be drinking whole if you wanted to” You’ll likely be surprised to find that milk has about 12 grams of carbs in a single cup, making the beverage relatively high in its carb count But if you can’t imagine yourself having your morning cup of coffee without a splash or two of milk, don’t worry — heavy cream or coconut milk makes for a deliciously creamy, low-carb alternative Sushi Sushi, as it's generally served in the United States, is fish served with seaweed, rice, and other various ingredients

As long as you avoid the inauthentic fried varieties and mayo-based sauces with added sugars, sushi can be pretty good for you Not only is it a tasty way to include more fish in your diet — most sushi is also very low in fat However low in fat it may be, sushi is not low-carb Sushi rice is usually seasoned with salt, vinegar, and sugar — driving the carb count even higher than that of regular white rice If you’re looking for a low-carb sushi alternative, try ordering sashimi — a slices of fish served without the carbo-load of rice

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