What is a Low-Carb Diet? by Lynn Taylor, Jackie Termont, Silvia de la Peña

These days, there are hundreds of diet plans. One of the most popular diets that has been around for decades is the low-carb eating plan. In this eating plan, carbohydrates (carbs), especially simple carbs, are restricted while foods that are higher in fat and protein are not. High-sugar items such as soda, candy, desserts, fruit juices, as well as refined grains such as pasta, cereals and breads, and starchy vegetables such as potatoes and peas, are limited.

What is a Low-Carb Diet? Foods to Eat on a Low-Carb Eating Plan
Higher-protein foods are a big part of a low-carb eating plan. Lean meats such as chicken, turkey, fish, and shellfish are recommended, as well as, eggs and cheese. Healthy fats and oils such as olive oil, avocado oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, and olives are recommended. Not only are these foods low carb, but are thought to help you feel full longer. Most types of fruit are considered high in carbs, however, berries are usually the fruit of choice when it comes to the low-carb eating plan. Non-starchy vegetables are emphasized in low-carb eating plans.

Potential Health Benefits
The low-carb eating plan may have several potential health benefits, including weight loss, lower blood glucose (blood sugar) levels after eating, lower blood pressure, and reduction in triglycerides.

Is a low-carb eating plan right for you?
Interested in exploring a low-carb diet? Talk with your doctor or dietitian so they can help you set up a plan that’s best suited for your individual needs and health goals. 

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consult your health care team regarding your specific diagnosis, treatment, diet, and health questions.

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