5 fruits that are low in carbohydrates

By Jessah Shaw, Adv Dip (Nut Med)

Whilst all fruits contain natural sugar that add to your daily carb count, they are also high in fibre, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs. This ultimately makes fruit one of the healthiest carbs you can eat. We recommend pairing fruit with a protein or fat such as a small handful of nuts or Greek yoghurt to reduce the effect it can have on blood sugar levels. If you are a diabetic or overweight, we recommend having no more than 2 pieces of fruit a day. These are 5 low-carb fruits:

1) Watermelon

As watermelon is 92% water it is one of the lowest-carb fruits with 7.5 g of carb per 100 g. It is also high in vitamin A and C. Enjoy one cup during those hot summer days to quench your thirst and cool you down.

2) Rockmelon

Not unlike the other melon member mentioned above, rockmelon only contains 8g of carb per 100 g. This is about 1 large wedge or just under a cup. In addition to being high in vitamin A and C, it is also a good source of folate. Eat it by itself or throw it in your next smoothie.

3) Strawberries

Not only do 8 medium strawberries or one cup contain just over 7 g of carbs, they are also extremely high in vitamin C and are loaded with phytonutrients that are anti-inflammatory and protect your heart.

4) Peaches

These delicious fruits contain 0.5 g of fibre and only 8 g of carbs per 100 g. Just one medium peach contains 15% of your daily vitamin C.

5) Plums

Small but mighty, one medium plum contains only 7.6 g of carbs, but 100 mg of potassium to reduce blood pressure, aid nerve function, and help to move nutrients and waste around your body’s cells.

You may benefit from reading Dr Cabot’s book: ‘I Can’t Lose Weight and I Don’t Know Why’ which explains the common causes of weight gain that are often overlooked and contains a 12 week metabolic weight loss plan with delicious low-carb recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks.

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