A lot of people will tell you that fruits are off limits on a low carb diet. Well, I am here to inform you that is wrong! Yes, there are some fruits that are better than others for you, but fruits pack a lot of vitamins and healthy nutrients that shouldn’t be overlooked. Here are some of the fruits I like best and the proper portions sizes you are allowed.
Blueberries- You can have ¾ a cup, and that is considered one serving of carbs. That is a good number of berries. Blueberries are great because they contain antioxidants which help ward off disease like cancer, heart disease, and lowers your cholesterol.
Raspberries- 1 cup gets you a serving of carbs. This is a very generous portion size! Raspberries are another fruit loaded with antioxidants. They also contain polyphenols which help decrease damage from free radicals. Raspberries also contain a lot of fiber and help reduce insulin resistance. They are also high in vitamin C.
Apples- A medium sized apple will get you about one serving of carbs. Apples contain fiber, antioxidants, and flavonoids. Apples help fight off cancer, prevents dementia, reduces your risk of stroke, diabetes, and obesity. So maybe you should listen to the age old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Strawberries- You can have a cup of strawberries, and this will be only one serving of carbs. Strawberries pack a lot of vitamin C, in fact, one serving will get you 160% of your daily value of vitamin C. They also contain fiber, folic acid, and potassium. Strawberries are also full of antioxidants that help fend off cancer.
Kiwi- A serving is one large kiwi. Kiwi offer a host of benefits including reducing blood pressure and preventing heart disease and stroke. They also help with skin tone and texture. Kiwis contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, vitamin K, and magnesium.
Cherries- While you don’t get as many cherries because they are a little higher in carbs/sugar, they still are an excellent choice because they offer a lot of benefits. A serving is about 12 to 15 cherries. Cherries help reduce inflammation, fight free radicals in the body, help you sleep better, lower blood pressure, and help you lose weight. They are a great source of potassium and B vitamins; they also have the bonus of fiber.
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