Are tomatoes Keto friendly?

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The short answer is… yes! But like any fruit you have to watch out for the quantity.

If using canned tomatoes read the label. You want to make sure there are no sugars or odd ingredients. Canned tomatoes are a great source when tomatoes are not in season. Tomatoes that are canned at the moment of peak ripeness and often times taste better than fresh tomatoes you find in the grocery store or farmer’s market.

Here’s how many carbs are in the top tomato varieties.

Type of tomato100 grams (g)Carbs (g)
Roma tomato4.73
Grape tomato5.51
Green tomato5.1
Cherry tomato4.96
San Marzano tomato4.35
Plum (aka Italian) tomato 🇮🇹4.13

Tomatoes have a low carb count compared to other types of fruit. To put it in perspective, a single small banana has about 23 grams of carbs.

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Are cherries keto friendly?

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I say they are not. Only because it is very hard to stop eating too many. According to this article in Women’s Health Magazine there are way too many carbs in a cup of cherries. I wish they would give the portion size by weight because it would make more sense than by volume. You can’t fit too many cherries in a cup and the number will very depending on the size of the cherry.

In one cup of tart cherries, there are 18.9 grams of carbs and 13.2 grams of sugar. In one cup of sweet cherries, there are 24.7 grams of carbs and 19.7 grams of sugar. Eating a whole serving of tart or sweet cherries can take up almost all of your daily allotment of carbs. Instead, Agyeman suggests eating a few cherries at a time.

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Are cherries keto friendly?

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The short answer is no because it’s really hard once you start eating them to stop at a 1/4 to 1/2 cup.

Generally, most fruits are high in carbohydrates because of their natural sugars. This makes it difficult to eat fruit and maintain ketosis. That said, cherries may be keto-friendly if eaten in moderation. According to the USDA, a single cup of cherries contains 22 grams of carbohydrates. Does this mean you have to deprive yourself of the antioxidant-rich fruit? Not, exactly. Eat a smaller serving if you really want to satisfy the craving.

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