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Friday, 29 November 2019

Looking For Healthy High Fibre, Low Carb Foods !

Kelli McGrane, MS, RD writes: 
"Low carb diets have been linked to several impressive health benefits. Research has shown that they’re particularly effective at reducing hunger and aiding weight loss. They’ve also been associated with decreased blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, as well as increased HDL (good) cholesterol. What’s more, low carb diets have been found to improve blood sugar control in those with type 2 diabetes. Low carb diets typically provide less than 130 grams of carbs per day, while very low carb diets typically provide 20–50 grams of carbs per day."

For example a possible range might be:-
Low carb (ketogenic) 0-50g carbohydrate per day 
Typical low carb 50-90g 
Liberal low carb 90-130g 
Moderate carb 130-170g 
High carb 170g and more 

"However, some very low carb diets can be low in fibre, a nutrient that’s important for digestive, heart, and gut health. In fact, studies estimate that only 5% of American adults — independent of whether they eat low carb or not — meet the recommended 25–38 grams of fibre per day. Fortunately, if you follow a low carb diet and are worried about your fibre intake, several tasty foods are both low in carbs and high in fibre.
Here are fourteen healthy high fibre, low carb foods.

Flax seeds 
Flax seeds are small oil seeds that are packed with nutrients. In particular, they’re good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, and antioxidants. They’re also low in digestible net carbs — the total grams of carbs minus the grams of fibre. Notably, flax seeds have a lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 than most other oil seeds. This is important, as a lower omega-6 to omega-3 ratio has been associated with a reduced risk of several chronic diseases. Flax seeds are easily incorporated into your diet and should be ground to reap all their potential health benefit.

Chia seeds 
Though small in size, chia seeds are rich in several nutrients. In addition to being high in fibre, protein, and several vitamins and minerals, chia seeds are one of the best-known plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds can be sprinkled a-top salads and yogurt or added to smoothies. They also absorb liquids well, turning into a gel that can be used as a vegan egg replacement or thickener for sauces and jellies. 

High in healthy fats, avocados have a unique buttery texture. Technically a fruit, avocados are typically consumed as a vegetable and can be added to a variety of dishes. In addition to being rich in monounsaturated fats, avocados are a good source of fibre, folate, potassium, and vitamins K and C.

Almonds are among the world’s most popular tree nuts. Great for snacking, they’re highly nutritious and rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium. As they’re also a good source of fibre and protein, almonds may help increase feelings of fullness and aid weight loss. 

Unsweetened coconut meat 
Coconut meat is the white flesh inside a coconut. It’s often sold shredded and can be added to desserts, granola bars, and breakfast foods for added texture. Coconut meat is high in healthy fats and fibre, while being moderate in carbs and protein. It’s also rich in several important minerals, particularly copper and manganese. Copper aids bone formation and heart health, while manganese is essential for fat metabolism and enzyme function. 

Sweet and tart, blackberries are a delicious summer fruit. They’re also incredibly nutritious, with just 1 cup (140 grams) boasting more than 30% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C. Berries are among the most antioxidant-rich fruits. Regular intake has been associated with a reduced risk of chronic inflammation, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer. Additionally, a 1-week study in 27 men with excess weight or obesity on a high fat diet found that eating blackberries daily increased fat burning and insulin sensitivity. 

Another sweet yet tart summer fruit, raspberries are best enjoyed shortly after purchasing. Low in calories, they’re also surprisingly high in several essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, just 1 cup (140 grams) provides more than 50% of the DV for vitamin C and 41% of the DV for manganese. Similarly to blackberries, raspberries are rich in disease-protecting antioxidants. They can be eaten as a snack, baked into desserts, and added to yogurt parfaits or overnight oats. 

Humans have been eating pistachios since 6000 BC. While technically a fruit, pistachios are culinarily used as a nut. With their vibrant green colour and distinctive flavour, pistachios are popular in many dishes, including desserts, such as ice creams and cakes. Nutritionally, they’re high in healthy fats and vitamin B6, an essential vitamin that aids blood sugar regulation and the formation of haemoglobin. 

Wheat bran
Wheat bran is the hard outer coating of the wheat kernel. While it’s found naturally in whole grains, it can also be purchased on its own to add texture and a nutty flavour to foods like baked goods, smoothies, yogurt, soups, and casseroles. Wheat bran is rich in several important vitamins and minerals, with 1/2 cup (30 grams) providing 41% of the DV for selenium and more than 140% of the DV for manganese. Although, perhaps what it’s best known for is its impressive amount of insoluble fibre, a nutrient that can help treat constipation and promote regular bowel movements. 

Cauliflower is a popular item on low carb diets, as it can be riced for a grain substitute or even made into a low carb pizza crust. Part of the Brassica family, cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that’s low in calories and carbs yet high in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also a good source of choline, which is important for brain and liver health, as well as metabolism and DNA synthesis. 

Broccoli is a popular cruciferous vegetable that’s high in several important nutrients. In addition to being low in calories, it’s high in fibre and several essential vitamins and minerals, including folate, potassium, and vitamins C and K. It also boasts more protein than many other vegetables. While it can be enjoyed cooked or raw, research shows that steaming it provides the greatest health benefits. 

A popular springtime vegetable, asparagus comes in several colours, including green, purple, and white. It’s low in calories yet high in vitamin K, providing 46% of the DV in 1 cup (134 grams). The same serving also packs 17% of the DV for folate, which is vital during pregnancy and helps with cell growth and DNA formation. While it’s usually cooked, raw asparagus can add a pleasant crunch to salads and veggie platters. 

Aubergine / Eggplant 
Also known as aubergines, eggplants are used in many dishes around the world. They add a unique texture to dishes and contain very few calories. They’re also a good source of fibre and several vitamins and minerals, including manganese, folate, and potassium. 

Purple Cabbage 
Also referred to as red cabbage, purple cabbage is a nutritious way to add a pop of colour to your dishes. While it tastes similar to green cabbage, the purple variety is higher in plant compounds that have been linked to health benefits, such as improved heart and bone health, reduced inflammation, and protection against certain forms of cancer. Purple cabbage is also low in carbs, high in fibre, and an excellent source of vitamins C and K. 

The Bottom Line 
Whether you’re interested in weight loss or lowering your blood sugar levels, eating fewer carbs can have numerous health benefits. And despite what you might think, you can reduce your carb intake while getting enough fibre.
In fact, many low carb, high fibre foods are healthy and incredibly delicious." 

Most words above from Kelli's article which you can see in full, and with all relevant research links here

You may also be interested in reading 'Introduction to low-carb for beginners', find it here

Dear reader, you will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I ADORE avocados. I can't get enough of them, but they are really expensive in the states right now. I have almonds I just toasted a couple of days ago. The blackberries and raspberries are always a treat at my place. I enjoyed this so much and realize I'm eating better than I thought.

Valerie-Jael said...

Great advice as always. Thanks! Valerie

Chatty Crone said...

Those all look so pretty and fresh and healthy!

Christine said...

Great list, we use a lot of cauliflower.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you.
I think I do get enough fibre (though my partner doesn't). Always good to learn more.

Susan Kane said...

I love and eat all except the seeds. They have no appeal. Love AVOCADO! The Avocado Capital of the World is Fallbrook, CA. That is 20 miles from here.

happyone said...

A good variety of foods. Something for everyone!!

sheila 77 said...

This is fascinating and terrific advice. It's really useful to have the list of fourteen healthy high fibre, low carb foods, I'm going to save this.

Tom said...

...what a rainbow of colors,

Mary Kirkland said...

I really like avocado and blackberries.

NanaDiana said...

There is always such good info here. Thank you for all your hard work putting your posts together.

Snowbird said...

Fascinating as always Jan. I didn't know chia seeds could be used as vegan egg!xxx

Teresa said...

Muy interesante como siempre. Besitos.

DVArtist said...

Great post. I eat most of the foods on your list. I had a mini stroke last week due to a hole in my heart. Didn't know I had a hole until the ultrasound showed. So I am looking for more recipes with these foods in them. Thanks for sharing all the goodness.

Margaret D said...

A good read of healthy foods.

Louca por porcelana said...

Hi,Jan!Thanks for the information...It will be useful for my father who has diabetes and isn't well at the moment...Hugs!

Lorrie said...

Good advice. I read that using whole flax meal is not as effective as milled or ground flax meal. I have a spoonful with my yogurt and blueberries for breakfast most mornings. Love avocados, too. And lots of the other things on the list are in our regular diet.

Ygraine said...

WOW...such wonderful colours!
Not only are these foods healthy, they look amazing too...😊😊

Have a fabulous weekend!

Hugs xxx

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

There is so much information here, and things to think over...I really need to buy avocados more often. I love them, but don't buy them that often...Fortunately, I love everything in the cabbage family. Everything. They are all so delicious to me.

Iris Flavia said...

I just had cauliflower :-)
But avocados are a pain here. Never ripe. Or already with big brown spots inside.
A shame. Only ALDI at times has good ones.

Divers and Sundry said...

Since I began lessening my carb intake I've started keeping blackberries, raspberries, and asparagus in the fridge. I'd already been eating broccoli, cauliflower, avocados, and nuts regularly. Cutting back on beans and increasing protein were the hardest parts. I've clicked through to your intro post. Thanks for that link :)

William Kendall said...

Cauliflower and broccoli I'll go for.

eileeninmd said...


I see a lot of my favorites and a few I am going to try! Thanks for sharing this post and info. Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Interessante as propriedades destes alimentos.
Um abraço, bom Domingo e excelente mês de Dezembro.

Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

Jeanie said...

I love just about all of these!