17 Low-Carb-Friendly Fruits You Should Include in Your Diet

Fruits offer a plethora of health benefits, boasting essential nutrients and antioxidants linked to conditions like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 recommend adults consume approximately two servings of fruit daily to support overall well-being.

While fruits are generally healthy, individuals following a low-carb or keto diet need to be mindful of their fruit intake due to the carbohydrate content. Experts typically consider anything under 130 grams of carbs per day as low carb.

If you’re on a low-carb journey, here’s a guide to some of the best fruits to include in your diet:

Apricots

Carbs: 17 grams per cup

Antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-diabetic properties, and more. Enjoy sliced in cereals, salads, or grilled for a nutritious treat.

Avocados

Carbs: 12 grams per cup (sliced)

Rich in unsaturated fats, associated with weight management and heart health. Ideal for salads, smoothies, or as a standalone snack.

Blackberries

Carbs: 10 grams per 100 grams

Rich in vitamins C and K, fiber, and antioxidants. Perfect for snacking or adding to yogurt and salads.

Cantaloupe

Carbs: 8 grams per 100 grams

High water content, rich in fiber, vitamins C and A. Enjoy in fruit salads, chilled soups, or grilled with prosciutto pasta salad.

Carambola (Star Fruit)

Carbs: Less than 10 grams per fruit

Mild and sweet-and-sour taste, low in total carbohydrates. Eat as-is, use as a garnish, or add to salads.

Coconut

Carbs: 10 grams per cup (shredded)

High in saturated fats, use in moderation. Add to salads, desserts, soups, or sauces.

Figs

Carbs: 19 grams per 3.5 ounces

Mild, sweet taste, seasonal, rich in fiber. Enjoy fresh, baked, grilled, or in salads and oatmeal.

Grapes

Carbs: 16 grams per cup

Antioxidants, various grape types available. Freeze for a cold snack, blend into a slushy, or roast for added sweetness.

Guava

Carbs: 8 grams per fruit

Antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Known as the “queen of fruits,” eat fresh or add to salads.

Kiwi

Low in carbs, calories, and has a low glycemic index.

Suitable for snacks, smoothies, or as a low-carb dessert.

Lemon

Carbs: 8 grams per large lemon

Low in carbs, high in vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and iron. Add to water, smoothies, or incorporate into dishes for flavor.

Peaches

Carbs: 15 grams per medium peach

Soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamins A and C. Enjoy fresh, grilled, or mixed with yogurt and granola.

Plums

Carbs: 7.5 grams per medium plum

Antioxidants, vitamins A and C. Eat fresh or use in grilled plums, salads, or roasted with oatmeal.

Prunes

Carbs: 3 grams per prune

Low in naturally-occurring sugar, aids digestion, supports bone health. Enjoy alone, in salads, or as a sugar substitute in recipes.

Raspberries

Carbs: 15 grams per cup

Rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Ideal for snacks or adding to yogurt and salads.

Tomatoes

Carbs: 7 grams per cup (raw, cherry, grape, or Roma)

Low in carbs, high in vitamin C, beta carotene, and lycopene. Use in salads, sauces, soups, or as part of various recipes.

Watermelon

Carbs: 11 grams per cup (diced)

High water content, low calories, rich in antioxidants and potassium. Perfect post-workout treat or enjoyed on its own.

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