The 21 Best Low-Carb Veggies, Part Two

Vegetables are low in calories but rich in vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients.

In addition, many are low in carbs and high in fiber, making them ideal for low-carb diets.

The definition of a low-carb diet varies widely. Most are under 150 grams of carbs per day, and some go as low as 20 grams per day.

Whether you’re on a low-carb diet or not, eating more vegetables is always a great idea.

Here is a continuation of our list of the 21 best low-carb vegetables to include in your diet (read part one here).


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Garlic

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1 clove (3g) 1g 2g Garlic contains 1 gram of digestible carbs per clove. It may reduce blood pressure and improve immune function.

Garlic is known for its beneficial effects on immune function.

Studies have found that it may boost resistance to the common cold and decrease blood pressure. 36 37 38

Although it’s a high-carb vegetable by weight, the amount typically consumed in one sitting is very low due to its strong taste and aroma.


12

Kale

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1 cup (67g) 6g 1g Kale contains 6 grams of digestible carbs per serving. It’s high in antioxidants and provides 206% of the RDI for vitamin A and 134% of the RDI for vitamin C.

Kale is a trendy vegetable that’s also extremely nutrient dense. It’s loaded with antioxidants, including quercetin and kaempferol, which have been shown to lower blood pressure and may also help protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other diseases. 40 41 42

A high intake of vitamin C has been shown to improve immune function and increase the skin’s ability to fight damaging free radicals, which can speed up the aging process. 44 45


13

Cucumbers

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1 cup (104g) 3g (chopped) 1g (chopped) Cucumbers contain just under 4 grams of digestible carbs per serving. They may help protect against cancer and support brain health.

Cucumbers are low in carbs and very refreshing.

Although cucumbers aren’t very high in vitamins or minerals, they contain a compound called cucurbitacin E, which may have beneficial effects on health.

Results from test-tube and animal studies suggest it has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties and may protect brain health. 47 48 49


14

Brussels Sprouts

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1/2 cup (78g) 4g 2g Brussels sprouts contain 4 grams of digestible carbs per serving. They’re high in vitamins C and K and may help reduce cancer risk.

Brussels sprouts are another tasty cruciferous vegetable that provides 80% of the RDI for vitamin C and 137% of the RDI for vitamin K.

Controlled human studies suggest that eating Brussels sprouts may reduce risk factors for cancer, including colon cancer. 51 52


15

Celery

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1 cup (101g) 1g 2g Celery provides 1 gram of digestible carbs per serving. It also contains luteolin, which may have anti-cancer properties.

Celery is extremely low in digestible carbs, and is a good source of vitamin K, providing 37% of the RDI. Celery contains luteolin, an antioxidant that shows potential for both preventing and helping treat cancer. 53


16

Tomatoes

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1 cup (cherry tomatoes) (149g) 4g 2g Tomatoes contain 4 grams of digestible carbs per serving and are high in vitamins and potassium. They may help protect heart health and reduce cancer risk.

Tomatoes have a number of impressive health benefits.

Like avocados, they are technically fruits but usually consumed as vegetables.

Tomatoes are a good source of vitamins A, C and K, and are high in potassium, which can help reduce blood pressure and decrease stroke risk. 56

They’ve also been shown to strengthen the endothelial cells that line your arteries, and their high lycopene content may help prevent prostate cancer. 57 58

Cooking tomatoes increases lycopene content, and adding fats such as olive oil during cooking has been shown to boost its absorption. 59


17

Radishes

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1 cup (116g) 2g 2g Radishes contain 2 grams of digestible carbs per serving and may help reduce the risk of breast cancer in older women.

Radishes are Brassica vegetables with a sharp, peppery taste.

They’re fairly high in vitamin C, providing 29% of the RDI per serving.

Additionally, radishes may reduce the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women by modifying the way the body metabolizes estrogen. 61


18

Onions

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1/2 cup (sliced) (58g) 5g 1g Onions contain 5 grams of digestible carbs per serving and may help lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels.

Onions are a pungent, nutritious vegetable.

Although they are fairly high in carbs by weight, they’re usually consumed in small amounts because of their robust flavor.

Onions are high in the antioxidant quercetin, which may lower blood pressure. 63

One study in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) found that eating red onions reduced LDL cholesterol levels. 64


19

Eggplant

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1 cup (99g) 6g 2g Eggplant contains 6 grams of digestible carbs per serving and may help protect heart and brain health.

Eggplant is a common vegetable in many Italian and Asian dishes.

It’s not very high in most vitamins or minerals, but animal research suggests eggplant may help lower cholesterol and improve other markers of heart health. 66

It also contains an antioxidant known as nasunin in the purple pigment of its skin. Researchers have reported that nasunin helps reduce free radicals and may protect brain health. 67


20

Cabbage

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1 cup (chopped) (89g) 2g 3g Cabbage contains 2 grams of digestible carbs per serving. It’s high in vitamins C and K and may reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Cabbage has some impressive health benefits.
As a cruciferous vegetable, it may help reduce the risk of certain cancers, including esophageal and stomach cancer. 68 69

It also provides 54% of the RDI for vitamin C and 85% of the RDI for vitamin K.


21

Artichokes

Portion Carbs Fiber TL;DR
1 medium-sized artichoke (120g) 4g 10g Artichokes contain 4 grams of digestible carbs per serving and may improve gut and heart health.

A portion of the high fiber content of artichokes is inulin, which acts as a prebiotic that feeds healthy gut bacteria. 72

What’s more, artichokes may protect heart health. In one study, when people with high cholesterol drank artichoke juice, they experienced a reduction in inflammatory markers and improvement in blood vessel function. 73


In summary….

There are many tasty vegetables that can be included on a low-carb diet.

In addition to being low in carbs and calories, they may reduce your risk of various diseases and improve your overall health and well-being.

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    Talking about 21 best low carb veggies, part two
    Garlic, Kale, Cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, Celery, Tomatoes, Radishes, Onions, Egg Plant Cabbage Artichokes.

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