keto vegetables

The Best And Worst Keto Vegetables

A ketogenic diet is all about keeping your carb count low and fat and protein high. Ideally, you would consume fewer than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day, preferably closer to 20-25. Vegetables are generally low in carbohydrates, but not all of them are suitable on a ketogenic diet. When choosing keto vegetables, you should eat the ones that have the fewest net carbs.

To calculate net carbs in whole foods, all you have to do is subtract the fiber content from carbs. So if you eat a serving of keto vegetables that has 10 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of fiber, you have consumed a net 10 grams of carbs.

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I’ve spent the last 5 years eating a ketogenic, or mostly ketogenic diet. These are my favorite keto vegetables and the ones I avoid.

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The best keto vegetables

The best keto vegetables are the ones that have the fewest net carbs. These are the best keto vegetables for your low carb diet.

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Spinach

  • 1 gram of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Lettuce

  • 2 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Asparagus

  • 2 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Avocados

  • 2 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving
  • Excellent source of fats

Olives

  • 3 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Tomatoes

  • 3 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Eggplants

Cucumbers

  • 3 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Zucchini

  • 3 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Cabbage

  • 3 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Kale

  • 3 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Cauliflower

  • 3 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Green Beans

  • 4 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Broccoli

  • 4 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving

Bell peppers

  • 3 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of green peppers
  • 4 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of red peppers
  • 5 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of yellow peppers

Brussels Sprouts

  • 5 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of yellow peppers

The worst keto vegetables

When we’re little, we’re taught by our parents that vegetables are healthy, but when it comes to a ketogenic diet, not every vegetable is one you should eat. A good rule of thumb for the worst keto vegetables: if it grows underground, leave it off your plate. These are the keto vegetables to avoid.

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Rutabega

  • 6 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of yellow peppers

Celeriac

  • 6 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of yellow peppers

Carrots

  • 7 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of yellow peppers

Onions

  • 8 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of yellow peppers

Parsnips

  • 13 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of yellow peppers

Potatoes

  • 15 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of yellow peppers

Sweet potatoes

  • 17 grams of net carbs per 100 gram serving of yellow peppers

It’s worth noting that just because one keto vegetable is deemed worse than another doesn’t mean that you can’t ever eat it. It simply carries with it a higher number of carbohydrates. To do a ketogenic diet well, you should be tracking your carb intake. If there’s a day that you’re really craving a sweet potato, you can budget the carbs for it.

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Sarah Biren
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Sarah is a baker, cook, author, and blogger living in Toronto. She believes that food is the best method of healing and a classic way of bringing people together. In her spare time, Sarah does yoga, reads cookbooks, writes stories, and finds ways to make any type of food in her blender.
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