What are Some Low-Carb Foods You Should Avoid On Keto Diet?

Last Updated on July 12, 2018 by Paula

Being that on keto, you are only allowed around 20 net carbs a day, it is very important to keep your carbs as low as possible.


Did you know that there are foods with zero or near-to-zero low carb that are totally not good for you?

Here are low carb foods to avoid on keto:



Way back when I was a little kid, Filipinos love margarine.  They mixed it on fried rice, use it as bread spreads, etc.

TV commercials claim it is pampa-tangkad (Filipino term for “it helps you grow”).

Well, I am glad that I hated margarine way back then.

In terms of fats that you can have, margarine is among the worst ones to use when you are on a keto diet. Or any other diet, for that matter. Margarine does have nearly zero carbs at 0.1 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. However, margarine is made from vegetable oil – a kind of oil you would want to stay away from if you are on keto.

I am going nuts over this, by the way!

A better option is to just get the regular, real butter. You get the good fats without the added trans fats which margarines are so rich of.  Grass-fed butter is best, but when you have to choose between non grass-fed butter and margarine, I would totally go for the butter.

Butter also has zero carbs, so there is no reason why you should not go for the real thing.


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It can be tempting to have liquor on a regular basis since clear liquors have little to no carbohydrates, but they can stall your weight loss and even knock you out of ketosis. The reason they lead to a stall is because your body needs to burn off all the alcohol before it will burn fat. In a typical day, the alcohol is burned instead of any fat, so you won’t lose anything during those days. Drinking occasionally won’t do much harm, but daily drinking can lead to no weight loss and might eventually knock you out of ketosis.

Artificial Sweeteners

The only artificial sweeteners I use!

 Granular Monk Fruit + Erythritol Sweetener (1 lb/16 oz) – Perfect for Diabetics and Low Carb Dieters Granular Erythritol Sweetener (1 lb/16 oz) – Perfect for Diabetics and Low Carb Dieters Powdered Erythritol Sweetener (1 lb/16 oz) No Calorie Sweetener, Non-GMO, Natural Sugar Substitute

Some sweeteners may promise  zero carb, but they are still not good for you. Artificial sweeteners aren’t natural, and often lead to sugar cravings. The lack of carbs isn’t always worth being able to make faux sweets with them, since you might then crave the real thing. It is better to stick to the most natural sweeteners you can that don’t have carbs, like So Nourished Granular Erythritol Sweetener.

High Amounts of Protein

When you want something with high fat and no carbs, meat is usually the best option.

That is why you end up feasting on meat, poultry, and seafood!

Do take note that on a keto diet, your protein intake should be moderate.  Too much meat can knock your protein up a little too high!

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