List of Non-Carb Foods

Watching your carbohydrate intake can help you keep your blood sugar under better control, lose weight or maintain weight and avoid ingredients that are problematic for you, like gluten. This list of non-carb foods will help you find the sources of carbohydrates in your diet, putting you in better control of the foods that you eat.


Water, black coffee, unsweetened tea and most diet sodas contain no carbohydrates. Artificially sweetened beverages may contain small amounts of carbohydrates depending on the sweetener used. Heavy cream contains a trace of carbohydrates in a 1 tbsp. serving, but a cup of heavy cream contains 7 grams of carbohydrates. Avoid sweetened liquids, vegetable and fruit juices and most dairy liquids. If you are watching your carb intake, choose water as your primary beverage.


Alcoholic beverages are processed in the body as carbohydrates. Most restricted carbohydrate plans allow alcoholic beverages in moderation, so long as mixers contain no carbohydrates.


Natural fats, such as butter, lard and most oils, contain no carbohydrates. Avoid reduced-fat products, which often contain added sugars and starches.


Unprocessed meat products, such as beef, pork, lamb and poultry, contain no carbohydrates. Avoid processed meat products, such as bacon, sausage and luncheon meats, to which sugars, starches and other ingredients may have been added. Avoid any breaded or stuffed meat products.

Fish and Seafood

All fish and most seafood contain no carbohydrates in their natural state, except for oysters and mussels, which contain small amounts of carbohydrates. Avoid breaded or stuffed fish products and surimi, which contains added starch.


Eggs are generally considered to be carbohydrate-free, but according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database, one whole egg contains .56 grams of carbohydrates which are found in the yolk. Egg whites do not contain carbohydrates.

Labeling Issues

When a food contains less than 1 gram of carbohydrates per serving, the label may read 0 grams of carbohydrates. While this may not be an issue for a single serving, the carbohydrate content can add up if you consume more than one serving. Read the ingredient list to look for hidden sources of carbohydrates, such as maltodextrin, often used as a bulking agent in artificial sweeteners.

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Stephanie Crumley Hill is a childbirth educator who for more than 20 years has written professionally about pregnancy, family and a variety of health and medical topics. A former print magazine editor, her insurance articles for 鈥淩esource鈥?magazine garnered numerous awards. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia.