The Keto Diet: What You Can and Can’t Eat

 

One of the most common questions regarding the keto diet is knowing what you can and can’t eat. This diet is a little more complicated since you are eating a very low-carb diet, but are not eating unlimited amounts of protein like with a traditional low-carb diet. Here are some things to know about what you can and can’t eat, including some items you can have but in limited quantities.

What You Can Eat Freely

The first category of foods includes high-protein and low or no-carb foods that you can eat almost to an unlimited amount. You still need to watch your portion sizes and make sure you don’t consume too much protein, but these are still good foods to enjoy while on the keto diet. The following foods can be enjoyed freely on the keto diet:

Meat that is grass fed – You want to enjoy plenty of meat on the keto diet, but try to include meat and seafood that is wild-caught or grass-fed. This includes any type of beef, poultry, pork, and fish as long as it was raised humanely without hormones.

Vegetables with no starch – Some vegetables can be enjoyed freely while on the keto diet, but not starchy vegetables. When they are non-starchy vegetables, they tend to be lower in carbs and appropriate for this type of diet. This includes most types of leafy greens, radishes, cucumber, asparagus, squash, zucchini, and cauliflower. You can also have plenty of avocado.

Healthy fats – There is nothing wrong with having a lot of fats on the keto diet, but the types of fats do matter. You don’t want to eat nothing but sweets and fried foods, but healthy fats like seafood and fatty fish, macadamia and olive oils, and saturated fats are completely fine.

Have These in Limited Amounts

There are other vegetables and fruits that you can have on the keto diet, though you need to be careful with the amounts. These still have low carbs, but more than other veggies mentioned, so watch your quantities and count the total carbs for each meal you plan out. Have these fruits and veggies, but in limited quantities:

  • Root vegetables
  • Cabbage
  • Turnips
  • Fennel
  • Berries
  • Artichokes

You can also enjoy dairy products like cottage cheese, yogurt, cream, and sour cream, but not the low-fat or fat-free versions. When you choose something with low fat, it tends to have starch and sugars you can’t have with the keto diet. You can also have nuts and seeds, including brazil nuts, pecans, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and pine nuts.

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