Ranked: The Top 10 Lowest-Carb Vegetables

Erin Jahns

First things first, all vegetables are healthy for you, and we would never want you to eliminate a certain vegetable (or any food for that matter) just because it might be ever so slightly higher in carbs than another. Vegetables are chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals, and pretty much every single nutritionist we've ever talked to has told us to eat as many as we can on any given day. (Pro tip: Each day, aim to eat every colour of the rainbow and fill half your plate with your favourites.) That said, if you're familiar with or following a low-carb-centric food plan like the Atkins diet or the Keto diet, you're likely already aware that while all vegetables contain carbs (surprise!), some contain more than others.

Comparably, all vegetables are lower in carbs than pretzels, bread, and pastries (obviously), but since some low-carb diets only advise a total of 20 to 30 grams of carbs per day (and, for instance, half of an avocado has roughly six to eight grams of carbohydrates), you can see why being strategic with your vegetables may be more important than you'd think—if your body can handle these types of diets, that is. (FYI: Low-carb diets might be better for men than women.)

According to Ali Miller, RD, LD, CDE, creator of The Anti-Anxiety Diet, other vegetables that are higher in carbs are typically ones that have a low water count and are found underground (aka are rooted)—carrots, beets, parsnips, taro root, and sweet potatoes, for example. And as for the vegetables that are lowest in carbs, don't fret. We have those coming right up. Ahead, 10 of the lowest-carb vegetables your taste buds will also love. Keep scrolling!

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