The Best Fruits on a Keto Diet – Diet Doctor

Because other kinds of fruit are fairly high in carbs, they’re not a great fit for a keto diet. Again, each number represents the net carbs in 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of each fruit. See the complete carbs list for fruits:

Carbs list

Lemon: 6 grams of net carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 9 grams of total carbs
Coconut: 6 grams of net carbs, 9 grams of fiber, 15 grams of total carbs
Watermelon: 7 grams of net carbs, 0.5 gram of fiber, 7.5 grams of total carbs
Cantaloupe: 7 grams of net carbs, 1 gram of fiber, 8 grams of total carbs
Peach: 8 grams of net carbs, 1.5 grams of fiber, 9.5 grams of total carbs
Clementine: 10 grams of net carbs, 1.5 grams of fiber, 11.5 grams of total carbs
Orange: 9 grams of net carbs, 2.5 grams of fiber, 11.5 grams of total carbs
Plum: 10 grams of net carbs, 1.5 grams of fiber, 11.5 grams of total carbs
Cherries: 10 grams of net carbs, 1.5 grams of fiber, 11.5 grams of total carbs
Pineapple: 12 grams of net carbs, 1.5 grams of fiber, 13.5 grams of total carbs
Apple: 12 grams of net carbs, 2.5 grams of fiber, 14.5 grams of total carbs
Pear: 12 grams of net carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 15 grams of total carbs
Kiwi: 12 grams of net carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 15 grams of total carbs
Mango: 13 grams of net carbs, 1.5 grams of fiber, 14.5 grams of total carbs
Grapes: 16 grams of net carbs, 1 gram of fiber, 17 grams of total carbs
Banana: 20 grams of net carbs, 2.5 grams of fiber, 22.5 grams of total carbs

For example, one medium-sized orange (weighing approximately 130 grams) has about 12 grams of carbs.

If you eat a large apple (about 25 grams of carbs) or a medium-sized banana (24 grams of carbs), you will have exceeded your daily carb limit on a keto diet.

Fruit = Nature’s candy

On a keto diet you can have some berries every so often and it won’t likely take you out of ketosis. You might even be able to eat a few cherries or a small plum. Be careful, however. And if in doubt, you may want to measure your ketones to learn how fruit affects you.

Don’t we need to eat fruit to get important vitamins and minerals? No, you can get those same nutrients from vegetables. In fact, some vegetables, like bell peppers and kale, have more vitamin C than any of the citrus fruits — and a lot less carbs and sugar.

What fruits can I eat on a ketogenic diet?

Top 10 low-carb fruits

From time to time you may be able indulge in a modest amount of fruit as a treat, while still staying in ketosis. Try topping it with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream.

Here is a list of the top 10 fruits you can eat on a ketogenic diet, along with the net carbs contained in one serving:

  1. Raspberries: Half a cup (60 grams) contains 3 grams of carbs.
  2. Blackberries: Half a cup (70 grams) contains 4 grams of carbs.
  3. Strawberries: Eight medium-sized (100 grams) contain 6 grams of carbs.
  4. Plum: One medium-sized (65 grams) contains 7 grams of carbs.
  5. Kiwi: One medium-sized (70 grams), contains 8 grams of carbs.
  6. Cherries: Half a cup (75 grams) contains 8 grams of carbs.
  7. Blueberries: Half a cup (75 grams) contains 9 grams of carbs.
  8. Clementine: One medium-sized (75 grams) contains 9 grams of carbs.
  9. Cantaloupe: One cup (160 grams) contains 11 grams of carbs.
  10. Peach: One medium-sized (150 grams) contains 13 grams of carbs.

Fruit, then and now

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Many people ask: “Isn’t eating fruit very natural from an evolutionary perspective?” That may be true, but modern fruit is different from the fruit of the past. Today’s fruit has been selectively bred to maximize yield, decrease fiber, and increase sweet taste.

What fruits and vegetables looked like before

In addition, for most of human history, fruit would have only been available seasonally. Just like primates in natural environments today, ancient humans could have gorged on fruit when available, using the excess carbs to pack on pounds to survive through lean times.

In short, in modern times some people might find that their bodies cannot handle the excess carbs and sugar in fruit that’s available 365 days a year.

Berry recipes

Here are some of our best keto recipes for berries, with the lowest amount of carbs per serving.

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