GONE KETO? WHILE you might be enjoying the results, you likely aren’t appreciating the cravings for foods you used to love.
While it’s possible to enjoy many fruits while on a low-carb keto diet, it’s a challenge. You need to be selective about the fruits you eat.
“The goal of keto dieting is to induce ketosis,” says Johna Burdeos, R.D. Ketosis is the state in which your body is forced to burn stored fat—not carbohydrates, i’s primary form of fuel.
To force that storage, keto requires extreme carbohydrate restriction—about 5 to 10 percent of your daily calorie intake. For some people, that means only eating about 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day. (For reference, one medium banana has 27 grams of carbs.)
“Foods that are included in the ketogenic diet include protein-rich foods such as fish, beef, poultry, and eggs and high-fat dairies such as butter, cheese, cottage cheese, and sour cream,” says Mary Wirtz, R.D., a consultant for Mom Loves Best. “Non-starchy vegetables are included in this dietary pattern, and options such as broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, peppers, and zucchini, among others, are encouraged as well as lower carbohydrate fruits.”
But what exactly is a “lower carbohydrate fruit?”
They do exist—and don’t cut out fruit from your diet altogether because you think it might be easier.
It’s important to consume fruits because of their fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, says Burdeos. “The more variety you get in your diet, particularly when it comes to fruits (and vegetables and other fiber-rich foods), the better for your gut microbiome, immune system, and overall health,” says Burdeos.
Ahead, eight low-carb fruits that dietitians approve of to add to your shopping cart if you’re following a keto diet.