Many dieters turn to low-carb plans each year—but few people do much research beforehand. Most of us can quickly name the biggest carb offenders like pasta and bread, but we rarely think beyond that in search of sources of carbohydrates in our food. The shocking truth is that carbs aren’t just lurking in the obvious places; they’re hiding out in seemingly innocent foods too, like coleslaw, ketchup, and yes, even certain types of chicken dishes.
Read on to discover more than 20 sneaky sources of carbs that may be throwing you off course with your low-carb plan. And for even more hidden sources of the starch, don’t miss these 20 Surprising Foods With More Carbs Than a Bowl of Pasta. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest food news delivered straight to your inbox.
1. Reduced-Fat Foods
You’re on a low-carb diet, which means you’re probably eating a lot of veggies. But if you’ve been adding low-fat dressing to your greens or spreading low-fat peanut butter on celery sticks, you’re probably taking in more carbs that you intended. To maintain the flavor of these products, food manufacturers typically replace fat with sugar, which increases the carb count. Opt for the full-fat versions instead, and just dial back on your portions a bit to lower the calorie count. Foods that contain heart-healthy fat like nut butters and oil not only contain fewer carbs, they’ve been shown to improve cholesterol levels and aid weight loss efforts, too—so they definitely get the green light! To discover the
2. Liquid Eggs
Cracking eggs into a pan to make breakfast takes, like, two seconds. So, there’s really no reason to buy the stuff that comes in a container. Second, eggs that come pre-cracked in a carton are gross. Not only do they contain things that aren’t typically found in an egg like xanthan gum, they’re spiked with high fructose corn syrup—typically masquerading under the name “maltodextrin.” Whether HFCS is worse than plain ol’ table sugar has long been a contentious issue, but one thing is for sure: it’s a source of sugar and carbs. If you’re trying to cut back on the starchy stuff, you’re better off sticking to real eggs. Not sure which carton to spend your money on? Our report on the 26 Things You Need To Know