When it comes to cutting carbohydrates, its not only pastries and bread you have to think about. Carbs are also in fruits (which explains their sweetness), so logic might suggest canceling this type of food, too but dont.
While many low-carb diets recommend avoiding fruit because it tends to be higher in carbohydrates due to its natural sugar, its not ideal for health. Fruit contains many health-promoting nutrients, and removing them from the diet completely could be detrimental, explains Trista Best, a registered dietitian at Balance One Supplements, an online vitamin supplement shop based in Wilmington, Delaware. For example, fruit (as well as vegetables) providesheart-healthy dietary fiber, along with vitamins and minerals that the body uses as antioxidants to fight various chronic diseases, points out past research.
So you know including fruit in your diet, even a low-carb one, is beneficial. But that doesnt mean that anything goes. A standard low-carb diet involves eating no more than 20 grams (g) to 100 g of net carbs per day, depending on your weight loss goals, according toAtkins.com.
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Some fruits have a lower amount of net carbs than others, making them a better choice. (Net carbs are total carbs minus fiber and sugar alcohols, and are often counted in low-carb dieting, such as Atkins.) So to hit your weight loss goal, it helps to choose fruits with the lowest amount of carbs.