Many vegetables are packed with nutrients and contain less than 5g of carbohydrates per serving, making them a perfect choice if you’re trying to reduce your carbohydrate consumption. However, as with most food groups, not all vegetables are created equal and some contain very high levels of carbohydrates. Today I’m going to be listing five high carbohydrate vegetables that you should consume in moderation or avoid completely if you want to follow a low carb diet plan.
1. Adzuki Beans
Calories Per 1 Cup Serving = 294
Carbs Per 1 Cup Serving = 57g
– Of Which Fiber = 16.8g
– Of Which Sugar = 0g
– Of Which Other Carbohydrates = 14.2g
Adzuki beans contain 294 calories per cup and are loaded with protein (which builds, maintains and repairs all your body’s cells), copper (which strengthens your red blood cells, protects your body from damaging free radicals and more), phosphorus (which strengthens your bones and teeth, helps your body maintain regular heartbeats and more) and potassium (which supports muscle growth, muscle contractions and more). Unfortunately, they also contain over 50g of carbohydrates per cup, so need to be off the menu if you’re sticking to a low carb diet.
Calories Per 1 Cup Serving = 177
Carbs Per 1 Cup Serving = 41.2g
– Of Which Fiber = 4.6g
– Of Which Sugar = 5.2g
– Of Which Other Carbohydrates = 31.4g
Corn is sweet, satisfying and rich in manganese (which supports the production of important enzymes, regulates blood glucose levels and more), vitamin B3, vitamin B5 and vitamin C (which supports wound healing, boosts the immune system and more). However, it also contains 41.2g of carbohydrates per cup, so you need to be consuming corn moderately if you’re following a low carb diet plan.
Calories Per Potato = 161
Carbs Per Potato = 36.6g
– Of Which Fiber = 3.8g
– Of Which Sugar = 2.1g
– Of Which Other Carbohydrates = 30.7g
Potatoes may be starchy and filling but if you’re following a low carb diet plan, they’re something you need to avoid. Although potatoes contain good levels of manganese, potassium, vitamin B6 (which helps your body fully extract the energy and nutrients from the foods you eat) and vitamin C, they also contain a staggering 36.6g of carbohydrates.
4. Black Eyed Peas (Cowpeas)
Calories Per 1 Cup Serving = 200
Carbs Per 1 Cup Serving = 35.7g
– Of Which Fiber = 11.2g
– Of Which Sugar = 5.7g
– Of Which Other Carbohydrates = 18.8g
Black eyed peas are an excellent source of copper, iron (which supports the production of red blood cells, enhances your immune system and more), magnesium (which promotes circulation, allows your muscle and nerves to relax and more), manganese, phosphorus and various B vitamins (which allow you to efficiently extract the energy from the foods you eat). However, at 35.7g of carbohydrates per cup, you need to be limiting your consumption of them if you’re on a low carb diet.
5. Acorn Squash
Calories Per 1 Cup Serving = 83
Carbs Per 1 Cup Serving = 21.5g
– Of Which Fiber = 6.4g
– Of Which Sugar = 0g
– Of Which Other Carbohydrates = 15.1g
Acorn squash is a heartwarming vegetable that goes well with a range of meals. It contains magnesium, manganese, potassium, vitamin A (which promotes strong, healthy vision) and vitamin C. With a single cup serving containing 21.5g of carbohydrates, it’s the lightest option on this list but still something you want to be eating sparingly if you’re trying to follow a low carb diet plan.
While the vegetables above are not good choices if you want to go low carb, there are still plenty of other low carb vegetables you can enjoy which are packed full of health boosting nutrients. Celery, cucumber and mushrooms are just some of the many versatile low carb vegetables which all pack less than 5g of carbs per serving. So base your vegetable intake around low carb vegetables, limit your consumption of high carb vegetables and start the fat melt away.