Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, RDN
The ketogenic (keto) diet is a nutritional plan that aims to put the body into ketosis, a state in which the body burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates (carbs). The keto diet is high-fat, moderate-protein, and very low in carbohydrates.
When the body does not have sugar from carbohydrates for energy, it begins to burn ketones, an energy source from fat. This can lead to weight loss and other potential benefits.
People who follow a keto diet usually try to limit their daily carb consumption to 50 grams per day. Vegetables contain starch, a type of carb, but many vegetables are considered low carb, including celery, zucchini, mushrooms, and more.
This article discusses the best vegetables for those following a keto diet, as well as ones to avoid.
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A carbohydrate is an organic compound that contains sugar. The body uses carbohydrates to break them down into glucose for energy.
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Vegetables approved in the keto diet are low in carbohydrates. Choose vegetables that are low in starch and sugar.
Celery is very low in carbohydrates. It contains 2.97 grams in a 100 gram serving. This water-rich veggie also contains calcium and potassium.
Zucchini is rich in vitamin C and also contains phosphorus and potassium. It’s an excellent choice for people on the keto diet because a 100 gram serving contains only 3.11 grams of carbs.
Mushrooms are hearty vegetables that are packed with potassium. One serving contains 3.26 grams of carbohydrates. If you’re whipping up an egg yolk omelet, add some mushrooms and full-fat cheese.
Toss together a keto-friendly salad using romaine lettuce as your base. It is rich in beta-carotene and vitamin K, containing only 4.06 grams of carbs.
Radishes are colorful vegetables that are a good source of vitamin C and add a nice crunch to salads. A 100 gram serving contains 3.4 grams of carbs.
Need an easy snack? Try dipping cucumber slices in a full-fat dip. They are a good source of vitamin K and contain 3.63 grams of carbs.
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