Most fruits and berries contain quite a lot of carbs. That’s why they taste sweet. They can be seen as nature’s candy.
In general, the sweeter or larger the amount of fruit, the more sugar it contains. On a keto diet, while berries are fine in moderation, for the best results you may want to avoid other fruits.
On a keto diet, small amounts of raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are okay. Be careful with blueberries, because their carbs can rapidly add up. Eat only small portions, infrequently, or not at all.
If you eat a large apple (about 25 grams of carbs) or a medium-sized banana (24 grams of carbs) you will have exceeded your daily carb limit on a keto diet.
Fruit = Nature’s candy
On a keto diet you can have some berries every-so-often and it won’t likely take you out of ketosis. You might even be able to eat a few cherries or a small plum. Be careful, however, and if in doubt you may want to measure your ketones to assess how fruit impacts you.
Don’t we need fruits’ nutrients? No, you can get those nutrients from vegetables. In fact, some vegetables, including bell peppers and kale, have more vitamin C than any of the citrus fruits — and a lot less carbs and sugar.
What fruits to eat on a ketogenic diet?
From time-to-time you may be able indulge in a modest amount of fruit as a treat, while still staying in ketosis. Try them with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream.
Here is a list of the top 10 fruits you can eat on a ketogenic diet, in net carbs:
- Raspberries: Half a cup (60 grams) contains 3 grams of carbs.
- Blackberries: Half a cup (70 grams) contains 4 grams of carbs.
- Strawberries: Eight medium-sized (100 grams) contains 6 grams of carbs.
- Plum: One medium-sized (65 grams) contains 7 grams of carbs.
- Kiwi: One medium size (70 grams), contains 8 grams of carbs.
- Cherries: Half a cup (75 grams) contains 8 grams of carbs.
- Blueberries: Half a cup (75 grams) contains 9 grams of carbs.
- Clementine: One medium size (75 grams) contains 9 grams of carbs.
- Cantaloupe: One cup (160 grams) contains 11 grams of carbs.
- Peach: One medium size (150 grams) contains 13 grams of carbs.
Fruit then and now
Many people ask: “Isn’t eating fruit very natural from an evolutionary perspective?” But modern fruit is very different from the fruits of the past. Today’s fruit has been selectively bred to maximize yield and increase sweetness, thus increasing the sugar and carb content.
What fruits and vegetables looked like before
In addition, for most of human history, fruit would only have been available in a seasonal window. Just like primates in natural environments and other mammals like bears today, ancient humans could have gorged on fruit when available, using the excess carbs to pack on pounds to survive through lean times.
In short, in modern times some people might find that their bodies cannot handle the excess carbs and sugar in fruit available 365 days a year.
Here are some of our best keto recipes for berries, with the lowest amount of carbs per serving.
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