Low-carb nuts – the best and the worst
The best and the worst
The three best options are to the left – Brazil, macadamia and pecan nuts – and can be eaten freely even on a strict low-carb diet. This is because they are so full of healthy fats and so satisfying that it’s pretty much impossible to eat too many carbs this way.
The group in the middle can be enjoyed in moderation by most people on low carb.
The worst options are to the right, pistachio and (especially) cashew nuts. Be very careful with these nuts if you’re trying to lose weight or reverse your diabetes, as the carb grams will quickly add up. Just two handfuls of cashews contain 20 grams, the daily allowance on a strict low-carb diet.
Salt and reward
Most people find that nuts taste better and get more rewarding when they are salted. Be aware that this can often result in eating far more nuts than you need to stop your hunger, something that can slow down weight loss. A good option is to just bring out a small bowl of nuts, not the entire bag.
Here are our most popular low-carb recipes featuring nuts.
Of course all nuts are still better than most other snack options – like potato chips or candy. All nuts (even cashews) are much lower in carbs than these.
Top 7 low-carb nuts
Here’s our list of the top 7 low-carb nuts, ranked by the amount of carbs.
- Pecan nuts – 100 g (3½ ounces or about three handfuls) contains 4 grams of net carbs.
- Brazil nuts – 100 g contains 4 grams of net carbs.
- Macadamia – 100 g contains 5 grams of net carbs.
- Hazel nuts – 100 g contains 7 grams of net carbs.
- Walnuts – 100 g contains 7 grams of net carbs.
- Peanuts – 100 g contains 8 grams of net carbs.
- Almonds – 100 g contains 9 grams of net carbs. Almonds can also be ground into almond flour. Its neutral flavor makes it a good substitute for high-carb flours, and it’s used in many low-carb recipes for bread or even pizza.
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Net carbs means that fiber is not counted. ↩