In nowadays, one of the most popular and very effective dieting strategy when it comes to weight loss is the consumption of low carb foods.
What is a Low – carb food?
According to the USDA standards, any food that is less than one carb per serving is classified as zero carb food.
There are a few foods that have low carbs but the foods with zero carbs are much more limited. The recommended amount of carbs when you plan actively LOSE weight is under 20 net carbs per day.
The US Department of Agriculture published a list with foods that have absolutely no carbs;
- Cow beef and veal
- Fowl – turkey, duck, chicken cornish hen,, goose, quail, etc.
- Mollusks (clams and oysters),
- Shellfish (lobster, squid, shrimp, and crab) and
- All other types of freshwater and saltwater fish (catfish, salmon, bass, tuna, flounder, trout, halibut)
- Game meats such as deer (venison), ostrich, bison, caribou, etc.
- Organs of animals (heart, kidneys, tongue, brain, liver, etc). Some of the processed meats such as sausages. hot dogs, etc. can have hidden carbs due to their additives. Be sure to check the packaging.
- Various oils (olive oil, avocado oil, soybean oil, grapeseed oil, peanut oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil),
- Whole olives
- Ground cinnamon
- Mixed seasonings, such as Mrs. Dash
- Many hot sauces
- Animal fats including lard and fish oil
- Yellow mustard
- Butter substitutes like margarine
- Vegetable shortening
- Parmesan cheese
- Cheddar cheese
- Muenster cheese
- American pasteurized processed cheese
- Camembert cheese
- Regular mayonnaise
- Heavy whipping cream
- Butterhead lettuce
- Zero-carb beverages such as sodas
- Dry gelatin
- Artificial sweeteners
- Water, coffee, and tea if nothing is added
- Gin, rum, vodka, whiskey
Having that list, you could start stocking your low-carb kitchen.