When I first started my 2-week Keto Challenge, I was left wondering what low-carb keto fruit options I would be able to eat. Due to the high carb content, fruits are usually a no-no for the Keto diet – but there are actually some exceptions that I wish I knew about since the beginning!
Whether you may be considering the to try the Keto diet to lose some weight or to capitalize on the health benefits, you should understand that Keto dieting is all about changing your body’s metabolism and so that it shifts from using glucose as an energy source to fat instead.
The most difficult part of the Keto diet is maintaining the state of Ketosis, where your body is burning fat for fuel and stops producing glucose. This is because your body is accustomed to using glucose as a fuel source and will try anything whatever it can to make that possible.
Therefore, your job as a Keto dieter is to only eat foods that don’t give your body the resources to create glucose and kick you out of ketosis.For me, that meant avoiding a lot of different types of food altogether, sadly including fruit, but that can be quite disappointing if you are a fruit lover like me.
WHAT CAN YOU EAT
I’ve put together a list of keto fruit that are low-carb and friendly to the keto diet.
Strawberries are not only the first fruit on this list, but they are also a personal favorite. They are a great choice to snack on while you are in ketosis. They average about 0.9 grams of carbs and 0,2 grams of fiber per piece of medium-sized fruit. That’s a large amount of fiber and as a berry!
They also are a good source of antioxidants that you would have to look hard to find from another food source while on a Keto diet.
Avocados are great for the heart. They have a lot of very healthy fats, which is often precisely what you need on a Keto diet, and they also are a good source of Potassium and vitamin C which may help with the Keto Flu when you are first starting your Keto journey.
Avocados are not only high in healthy fats, but those fats are very good for your heart, so incorporating avocados into your ketogenic meals will help to strengthen the health of your heart and further build on the health benefits you are already striving toward while on the Keto diet.
3. STAR FRUIT
Star fruit is an uncommon food option and something that a lot of people will not be familiar with. Even more of a reason to give it a look and try out something new!
A ½-cup serving of cubed star fruit contains about 2.6 g of net carbohydrates, 1.8 g of fiber, and 2.6 g of sugar. It is also loaded with Potassium and vitamin C which are both important minerals for your body and should help you when dealing with some of the side effects of a Keto diet So, it's worth a try if you're on a Keto diet and want to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you live in the south then you are almost certainly familiar with peaches and have probably eaten quite a few in your life. They are an excellent choice if you get a craving for fruit while on the Keto diet for many of the same reasons that star fruit is a good choice.
They also provide a good source of Potassium and vitamins that your body needs to function at a high level.
Cantaloupes contain a lot of minerals that will be helpful to you on a Keto diet, but you have to consume it in moderation because the carb content of a cantaloupe is slightly higher than the other Keto fruit options on this list.
If you decide to include it into your keto diet and maybe only choose to have it on days when the rest of your meals are exceptionally low in carbs.
Surprise! Tomatoes are on this list because they are actually a fruit. Though there is some debate on this fact since some people believe it to be vegetable, I won’t go into the details about that right now.
They are a simple, low-carb option to add to your everyday Keto meals to add some variety and a new flavor to play around with when planning your meals.
Raspberries are one of the healthiest berries you can eat and they are super low in carbs. I make a breakfast smoothie with raspberries and kale as a base and drink it almost every day!
They are so low in carbs that for every 123 grams of raspberries you eat, you are only consuming about 7 grams of carbohydrates, which means eating them frequently is extremely unlikely to knock you out of ketosis. On top of that, they also provide a variety of healthy antioxidants and minerals that your body will thank you for.
Oftentimes, lemons are used to flavor different foods that might be a bit bland on their own which you can definitely continue to do that while on a Keto diet.
They have very few carbs and they are a great source of a substance called pectin, which will do several amazing things for your body such as reduce inflammation, help to maintain the stabilization of your blood sugar, and may even help slow the growth of cancer cells.
Last, but not least, is watermelon which is yet another fruit you will have to consume with moderation. However, as long as you are aware of your daily carb limits when you are deciding to include watermelon in your Keto diet then you should be fine.
They are also a great source of lycopene which provides a lot of healthful benefits as an antioxidant.
Though most fruits are very high in carb content, being on the Keto diet does not mean you have to give up all fruits.
There are a lot of different fruits you can play incorporate into your daily meals without having to worry about forcing your body off of ketosis and having to start from scratch again.
In all actuality, you should probably include these fruits where you can in your Keto diet so that you can reap the health benefits they can provide.
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