What Fruits Are and Aren’t Keto-Friendly?

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If you’re implementing the Keto diet in your life, then you know there are a variety of foods, fruits included, that aren’t approved for the low-carb, high-fat eating plan. The good news is you do have some delicious options when it comes to fruit, and we have a lot of great keto-friendly dessert recipes to try on our website. 

Although fruits do contain natural sugar, many are low in carbs, and therefore approved by the Keto diet. 

Here’s our go-to keto fruit list, as well as the fruits that should be avoided. 

Keto-Friendly Fruits

Avocado

Chock-full of healthy fats and low in carbs, avocados are a go-to for those pursuing the Keto lifestyle. Avocados can be used in tons of delicious Keto-friendly recipes, mixed into dips, or eaten on their own. 

Avocados add a creamy, unique taste to any dish they’re in. 

Lemons

Lemons are a popular keto-friendly fruit to use for cooking a variety of red meats, chicken, and poultry. They provide a vibrant, citrus flavor that is refreshing for beverages and a variety of Keto dishes. 

Watermelon

Watermelon is an understated addition to the Keto diet, not only because of its delicious and hydrating qualities, but it’s also high in beneficial vitamins and minerals, including potassium and Vitamin C.  

Strawberries

Arguably our favorite on this list, the variety of ways you can implement strawberries into your Keto diet is impressive. From tasty jams to other desserts, in beverages and shakes, strawberries are the MVP fruit of the Keto diet. 

An entire cup of whole strawberries is only 8g net carbs per cup, which leaves you well below the 20g net carb daily limit. 

Tomatoes

While they are typically used as vegetables in most recipes, tomatoes are actually a fruit! Tomatoes are a Keto-favorite because they’re so versatile in main dishes and offer a healthy boost in vitamins. 

Tomatoes are low in carbs and fiber, but rich in healthy antioxidants like lycopene, which promotes heart health and has been linked to lowering cancer risks. 

Berries, Oh My!

While strawberries deserve their own shout out, the other berries approved in the Keto plan are blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. 

Stacked with antioxidants and tons of Vitamins C, K, and A, these berries are a more than suitable option for your Keto fruit list.

Kiwi

While kiwi is Keto approved, it should be considered more of a treat than a repeat item in your diet. It’s higher in carbs than other fruits we’ve mentioned, so be cautious when adding it to your snack list. 

Plums

Plums are a tasty, juicy option that make a great snack for Keto diets. They are low in carbs and fiber, while also containing nutrients like potassium.  

Fruits to Avoid on the Keto Diet

While fruits are delicious, fresh, and offer a wide range of health benefits (particularly in moderation), unfortunately there are many that aren’t conducive to the Keto lifestyle. These fruits include:

  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Oranges and tangerines
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Dried fruits including raisins, dates, mango

The majority of these fruits are very high in carbs and sugar, making them incompatible with the Keto diet. It can be challenging to limit fruit intake, particularly if your favorite is on this list, but eating them can increase your carb intake too much. 

Despite what you may think, participating in the Keto diet does not mean you have to cut out all your favorite fruits! Enjoying keto-friendly fruits in moderation is entirely possible, and it will help to prevent burnout on the recipes, snacks, and meals that fit into this eating plan. 

Which fruit-filled recipe will you be trying next? Share with us in the comments!

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