Did you know Avocados are a berry? Surprisingly, the #1 berry for a low carb diet. While many people think of avocados as vegetables, they’re actually considered fruits by botanists because they fit the requirements of being, “a large berry with a single seed”. They’re packed with a ton of beneficial nutrients, which is probably why they’ve rightly earned their ‘superfood’ badge.
Half an avocado contains approximately 112 calories, 10 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs, and 5 grams of fiber, which means that an avocado’s net carbs is only 1 gram for half of the fruit.
Other berries are slightly higher in sugar than avocados, but they’re still relatively low carb compared to other fruits, which means you can still get your fruit fix when they’re consumed in moderation.
Berries also have a great nutritional profile, and they’re packed with beneficial minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Not only do they contain a lot of goodness, berries have been found to improve blood sugar, reduce inflammation, and protect against some diseases.
Here are the net carb counts for a 1-cup serving of your favorite berries:
Raspberries – 7 grams of net carbs
Blackberries – 6 grams of net carbs
Strawberries – 8 grams of net carbs
Blueberries – 17 grams of net carbs
Important note about blueberries: while blueberries can still fit in to a low-carb diet, they have twice the amount of carbs as raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, so they should be consumed in moderation.
Here at My House Fitness of Allen, our Nutrition Counselor LOVES berries, as you can tell. She HIGHLY recommends them to all her Personal Training clients for weight loss, as well as overall good health.