Whether prepared from refined flour or whole grains, all are heavy in carbohydrates. On a low carb diet, you should also limit or avoid rice, wheat, and oats.

Bread and grains

On a low carb diet, minimise high-sugar fruits like dried fruit. So, berries are fine.

Some fruit

Some vegetables have a lot of carbohydrates. When limiting carbs, pick non-starchy, high-fiber veggies.

Starchy vegetables

Pasta isn't ideal on a low-carb diet unless you eat a very small piece, which is unrealistic for most people. Instead of spaghetti, try spiralized vegetables or shirataki noodles.


Sugary cereals are high in carbohydrates. Even healthy cereals have carbs. Whole grain cereals are carb-heavy. Low-carb diets should limit or avoid them.


Beer is carb-heavy. A 12-ounce can of beer has 13 grammes of carbohydrates, while light beer has 6 grammes. Dry wine and spirits are lower in carbs than beer.


Low-fat or nonfat yoghurt with added sugar often has as many carbs as ice cream. If you're on a low carb diet, plain yoghurt with low carb toppings like berries may be better.

Sweetened yogurt

Juice is heavy in carbs and low in fibre, making it difficult to include into a low-carb diet. Juice is heavy in carbs and poor in fibre, making it problematic for a low carb diet.


Adding milk to coffee once a day won't ruin a low carb diet. If you like to drink a lot, try unsweetened almond or coconut milk.


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