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To be able to stay in ketosis one should eat mostly keto-friendly foods that have little to no net carbs. Although it seems carbs are hiding in all foods, there are many delicious options that have zero or almost zero net carbs as well.
The truth is, almost every natural food contains at least a small trace of carbs. The only foods that literally have zero carbs are fats/oils. For this reason, many of the foods on this “zero carb” list actually have trace amounts of carbs - at fractions of a gram.
Here is a list of all the low-carb foods that are appropriate to eat when you're following keto.
Zero Carb Meats:
Fresh Meats: beef, veal, lamb, pork, fowl, organ meats (liver), game meats, exotic meats.
Processed Meats: hot dogs, salami, sausages, bacon, ham, deli meats, salted meats, smoked and dried meats, jerky, canned meat.
Zero Carb Seafood: cod, flounder, sole, haddock, halibut, sardine, swordfish, flatfish, mackerel, grouper, tuna, trout, salmon, catfish, bass.
Zero Carb Fats and Oils: extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, MCT oil, avocado oil, animal fats.
Zero Carb Snacks: pepperoni slices, pork rinds, bone broth, smoked fish, canned fish, canned meat, dried meat products, seaweed.
Zero Carb Herbs, Species, Seasonings: salt, black pepper, most sugar-free hot sauces, mustard, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, dill, chilli powder, curry powder, cinnamon.
Zero Carb Sweeteners: stevia extract, monk fruit extract, pure erythritol, swerve sweetener, any sweetener blend that only consists of stevia extract, monk fruit extract, and/or erythritol.
Zero Carb Drinks: water, coffee, tea, sparkling water, club soda, seltzer water, soda water.
A no-carb diet eliminates almost all carbs and encourages high intakes of fat and protein. It may boost weight loss, heart health, and blood sugar control. However, it’s unnecessary to cut all carbs to experience these benefits. Plus, this diet may reduce energy levels and increase your risk of nutrient deficiencies. Instead, aim to eat a balanced diet with a variety of foods.
Have a look at our Low-Carb choice of low-carb crackers, bread, sweeteners and cheese.