what ingredients have carbs

When carb counting food cooked from scratch, it can help to know what ingredients have carbs before starting to cook, because others don’t even need to be measured as carefully.  The following ingredients I assume have no carbs:

  • herbs, spices (be careful of blends, though, some contain sugar) fresh or dry
  • meat (plain meat, like chicken, not processed meat like hot dogs, sausages, or meatballs)
  • chicken or beef broth
  • yeast
  • baking powder, baking soda
  • fats such as oils, butter, and lard
  • eggs (some sources say 1 gram of carbs each)

Ingredients that are high carb and always need to be counted carefully:

  • flour (of any kind)
  • fruit and fruit juice (except for small amounts of lemon or lime juice)
  • starchy vegetables such as corn or potatoes
  • sugar (of any kind)
  • cornstarch
  • bread and breadcrumbs
  • chocolate and other candy
  • oats and other grains
  • sourdough starter

Ingredients of medium carbs, count large amounts but not small ones:

  • onion, garlic
  • carrots
  • peppers
  • processed meats such as hot dogs, sausages, and meatballs

If you are uncertain about any ingredient, it’s always safer to check the package or a carb counting guide book than to make assumptions.  Also, in general those counting carbs for smaller children will need to be more cautious than those counting carbs for older children.

If you see any inaccuracies in the above list or anything important left out, please leave a comment.

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