Nutrition 15 Surprisingly High-Carb Foods That Could Throw Off Your Low-Carb Diet

Nutrition: 15 Surprisingly High-Carb Foods That Could Throw Off Your Low-Carb Diet

If, for some reason, you’ve decided to follow a restrictive diet, you can’t eat certain things—and in the case of the popular keto diet, that means carbohydrates.

Now, we should point out that carbs are good for you: They contain fiber, which helps keep you full (and regular!) and antioxidants, which science shows fight off a whole cadre of criminal diseases. You can certainly follow a sensible, well-rounded diet and still lose weight.

If, however, you’re committed to your keto or Atkins diet, you’ll want to pay attention to the carb count in your food. Certain foods are clearly up there—think, bread—but others aren’t quite so obvious. That’s where this list comes in.

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(All nutritional information comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database.)

1. Raisins

They’re dried-up grapes—meaning they’re fruit, which can always be a low-carb killer.

One serving (1/4 cup): 32.72 grams of carbs

2. Quinoa

The grain is a great source of protein, but also packs a pretty carb punch.

One serving (1 cup): 21.3 g carb

3. Buckwheat

This whole grain can be eaten alone or used in baking.

One serving (1/2 cup): 16.75 grams carbs

4. Bananas

You might want to think before you peel if you’re watching your carb intake.

One serving (medium, 7″ banana): 26.95 g carbs

5. Beets

The purple colored root is pretty packed with carbs.

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One serving (1 cup): 12.26 g carbs

6. Oranges

Whether you consume them in fruit or juice form, you’ll be getting a good spike of carbs.

One serving 1 cup: 21.35 g carbs

7. Kidney Beans

These dark red beans—and most beans in general—are high in carbs.

One serving (1/2 cup): 18.56 g carbs

8. Chickpeas

Chickpeas—the main ingredient in hummus—are pretty high in carbs, too.

One serving (1/2 cup): 16.19 g carbs

9. Apples

Once again, fruit and carbs go hand-in-hand.

One medium apple (3 inches in diameter): 25.13 g carbs

10. Grapefruit

Another citrus that contains a good amount of carbs.

One grapefruit (1 cup): 24.52 g carbs

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11. Mango

This tropical fruit is super sweet and stuffed with carbs.

One mango (1 cup): 24.72 g carbs

12. Flour Tortilla

You might want to go for the burrito bowl after learning how many carbs are in one tortilla.

One tortilla (10 inch diameter): 35.55 g carbs

13. Yogurt

Even if it hasn’t been sweetened, yogurt is still high in carbs.

One cup low-fat yogurt (8 ounces): 15.98 g carbs

14. Agave Nectar

This sweetener made of agave plant (the same one that’s used in tequila) is packed with carbs.

One serving (1 Tablespoon): 15.81 g carbs

15. Blueberries

These juicy berries are popping with carbs.

One serving (1 cup): 21.45 g carbs

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