How many carbs / carbohydrates in nuts? Can I eat nuts on the Keto or Carnivore diet? Why do I ask? Well, first this…
I am somewhere in-between the Keto and Carnivore diet. Some call it Ketovore. It has literally been life changing (for the better!) switching my body energy source over from sugar/glucose to fat burning. One’s excess fat weight comes off quick.
I’m not going to get into the Carnivore diet (or Keto diet) itself here (there’s tons of info online – check out Dr. Ken Berry on YouTube – that’s where I first learned about all this). Briefly, and with regards to carbs / carbohydrates, the Carnivore diet is zero carbs. The Keto diet allows up to 20 grams of carbs on a given day (some say up to 50 grams, but I keep it lower). Both enable the body to switch over to Ketones for energy (a state of Ketosis) which burns fat as fuel.
I told myself that when I get down to my goal (my weight when I was in my 20’s), I would transition from Carnivore to Keto or somewhere in-between. This opens up more foods and nutrition sources. Though one needs to count the carbs so as to stay in Ketosis (fat burning mode).
So throughout the process, I wondered if there were any Carnivore diet nuts that I could eat (same for Keto diet).
Nuts contain healthy fats and some protein. I like nuts. I like peanut butter (one of my weaknesses!). But if I want to keep my daily intake of carbs below 20 grams, I had to do some online research about nuts and carbs.
So I used that research as an excuse to do an article post…because there’s bound to be someone who lands on this page later from a web search who may find it helpful :)
How Many Carbs / Carbohydrates in Nuts?
List of Best Carnivore Diet Nuts (same for Keto Diet Nuts)
Ordered from best (least carbs) to good (still okay) in quantities of 1/4 cup serving size. Note that most lists are per 100 grams weight. But I wanted to normalize to 1/4 cup volume, since that makes more sense to me.
Amount = 1/4 cup of nuts. I favored shelled / whole nuts or halves (rather than chopped) in my data analysis since that’s what I’m likely to snack on. Maybe it make a little difference in the numbers, but regardless, here’s the ordered list.
Total Carbs – Dietary Fiber = Net Carbs
1/4 Cup Serving
PECANS (3.7 – 2.6 = 1.1)
I have some pecans almost every day. The best deal I’ve found for this nut is this one:
Kirkland 2-pound Bag
(their storefront on amzn)
BRAZIL NUTS (4.3 – 2.6 = 1.7)
Brazil nuts are very high in selenium (a good thing!), but experts advise to only eat a couple a day, to avoid selenium toxicity.
Most Popular Choice 2-pound Bag
(from I’M A NUT on amzn)
MACADAMIA NUTS (4.6 – 2.9 = 1.7)
Macadamia nuts are more expensive. Some people really like them. They’re not one of my favorite carnivore diet nuts, but, we all have our own tastes, right?
MacFarms from Hawaii 24-ounce Bag
(their storefront on amzn)
WALNUTS (4.1 – 2 = 2.1)
Walnuts are fairly inexpensive compared with other nuts.
Halves and Pieces from California 2-pound Bag
(Fisher via amzn)
HAZLENUTS (5.6 – 3.3 = 2.3)
Hazlenuts are sometimes hard to find in stores. Why? They’re sought after by giant chocolatiers Ferrero Rocher.
Roasted Unsalted Premium
ALMONDS (6.7 – 4.1 = 2.6)
I like almonds. They’re a bit higher in net carbs. But I think they’re yummy.
Whole Natural Raw
PEANUTS (5.9 – 3.1 = 2.8)
Peanuts are the least expensive nuts on this list.
Salted Cocktail Peanuts
PINE NUTS (4.4 – 1.2 = 3.2)
Pine nuts are fairly expensive. But they’re good!
Raw Pine Nuts
(via I’M A NUT on amzn)
Avoid These Nuts on Keto Diet:
PISTACHIO (8.6 – 3.3 = 5.3)
CASHEW (10 – 1 = 9)
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