Ketogenic Diet Food List: Everything You Need to Know
Spices and Cooking
Below, you’ll find a visual idea of spices that are commonly consumed on a ketogenic diet. Even small ingredients can add up in carbs; make sure to monitor spices and condiments that you add to your meals.
Seasonings and sauces are a tricky part of ketogenic diet foods, but people use them on a regular basis to add flavor to their meals. The easiest way to remain strict here is to avoid processed foods. There are many low carb condiments and products on the market, and there’s no way to list them all. A handful of them are great, but the majority use high glycemic index sweeteners – which you want to avoid.
Spices have carbs in them, so make sure you are adding them to your counts. Sea salt is preferred over table salt, as it is usually mixed with powdered dextrose. Most pre-made spice mixes will have sugars added to them, so make sure you read the nutrition label beforehand to make sure you know what’s inside. If you have the choice, never include added sugar into your spice blends or food.
Below you’ll find some common herbs and spices that people use on a ketogenic diet. Always remember that spices do have carbs in them, so you should make sure to adjust your nutrition based on this.
- Cayenne Pepper
- Chili Powder
Both salt and pepper can be used for seasoning without worrying about the nutritional information.
Typically speaking, the number of carbs in spices is minimal, so you don’t have to drive yourself crazy with measuring and recording. When using a lot of spices in a recipe, carbs can add up quickly.
If you want to see some examples of recipes where we use spices, feel free to look at our ever-growing library of keto recipes >