Many food labels list foods as having zero carbs. Labeling laws allow food companies to print “zero grams” on the label if the food has less than one gram of carbs.
Sugar substitutes, cheeses, eggs and spices are common examples of this situation. If you’re being extra cautious, count them as 0.5g net carbs per serving
Diet Soda (watch the artificial sweetener)
Salt and Pepper
Most Hot Sauces
Pre-mixed Seasonings (check the label)
Chives, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, ....
Fowl (turkey, chicken, duck, goose, hen, quail)
Organ Meats (brains, tongue, liver, heart, kidneys)
Game Meats (venison, bison, ostrich, caribou, elk)
Exotic Meats (such as ostrich and emu)
Animal Fats (including lard)
Less healthy oils:
Mayonnaise (check each label)
These options have trace carbs:
These options have a bit more:
Oysters (count .35 net carbs per oyster)
Mussels (count .38 net carbs per mussel)
Clams (count .35 net carbs per clam)
Fruit and Veggies
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Bok Choy .7
Serving size: 1/4 cup
Garlic (1/2 clove) .5
Pokeberry Shoots .5
Asparagus (3 pieces) .6
Yellow Squash .7
Serving size: 1 oz = 1″ cube = 1/4 cup grated (approx.)
Mexican Blend Cheese .5
Neufchatel .1 to .8
Eggs are so versatile: fried, scrambled, omelets, quiche, boiled, deviled and of course – egg salad:
Eggs .2 to .7 per egg (check carton)
Eggs are almost zero carb, ranging from .2 to 1 net carb per egg. Organic, free-range, cage-free, etc. eggs have larger yolks, making them lower in carbs.
Most heavy whipping cream brands have > 1 carb per tablespoon, even if the packaging declares “0 carbs.” Carefully check labels – each brand of cream is very different.
Heavy Cream .4 net carbs per tablespoon.
Half-and-Half .2 to 1 net carb per tablespoon.