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Reduce Your Carb Count, Have A Healthier Diet: 32 Low-Carb Foods To Try

08/09/2014 16:00 BST
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It's no secret that opting to eat low-carb foods can help you to stay healthy, and in turn, reduce your body fat. *Puts crisp packet down*

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health has shown that people who avoid carbohydrates, or at the very least cut down on the 'bad' ones, can lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks.

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Dietitian Sian Porter comments on NHS Live Well that there's still confusion surrounding carbs that are good for you and those that aren't: "Carbohydrates are such a broad category and people need to know that not all carbs are bad."

"While we should reduce the amount of sugar in our diet there is strong evidence that starch and fibre are good for our health.”

According to the Food and Drink Federation the daily guidelines for women are: carbohydrates (230g), sugars (90g) and fibre (24g). Meanwhile men are expected to consume a little more: carbohydrates (300g), sugars (120g) and fibre (24g).

To break this down - if you fancy an avocado snack and you're female, it will use up 13g of your daily carbohydrate allowance, meaning you can consume another 217g over the course of the day. Meanwhile you'll have had 40% of your daily fibre allowance and hardly any of your sugar allowance - but you want to keep that figure pretty low anyway.

Here are 32 incredibly delicious, low-carb foodstuffs that you'll want to become acquainted with pronto.

32 Low Carb Foods For A Healthy Diet

You've seen the good, now you need to see the bad. Carb-filled food types that you'll probably want to steer clear (or limit your intake) of include: fried potatoes and chips, crisps, white bread, bagels, pizza and foods rich in sugar such as sweets, cookies, doughnuts, cakes and jam.

Basically, all of the things that you kind of already know are bad for you.

Et voilà. Feeling clued up on carbs? We hope so.

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