10 Foods to Avoid on a Low-Carb Diet

Bread and grains

Breads and grains, including whole grains and whole-grain bread, are too high in carbs to include on a low-carb diet

Some fruit

Fruits should be limited on a low-carb diet, depending on your personal carb tolerance. That said, berries can sometimes be enjoyed.

Starchy vegetables

Many vegetables are low in carbs, a few are quite high. It’s best to choose mostly non-starchy, high-fiber vegetables when limiting your carb intake


Regular and whole-wheat pasta are high in carbs. Spiralized vegetables or shirataki noodles offer healthy low-carb alternatives


Even healthy, whole-grain cereals are high in carbs and should be avoided or minimized on a low-carb diet


Drinking beer on a low-carb diet. Dry wine and spirits are better alcohol options

 Sweetened yogurt

Low-fat or nonfat yogurt often has as many carbs as ice cream and other desserts


Juice is a high-carb beverage that should be limited or avoided, especially on a low-carb diet

fat-free salad

Fat-free and low-fat salad dressings, which are typically high in carbs. Use creamy dressings or olive oil and vinegar instead.

 Beans and legumes

Legumes are healthy, high-fiber foods. You can include small amounts on a low-carb diet, depending on your daily carb limit