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Low carb foods – “Where can I buy them?”

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You can buy low carb foods such as meat, fish, eggs, green veggies, cheese, butter, olive oil, cream, nuts and water in any supermarket in the UK.

OK…I am being a bit facetious, but these are the best low carb foods around for fat burning. Sometimes I actually think we are lucky in that there are few pre-manufactured low carb foods in the UK – as whenever people choose these products over natural foods, it usually stops their progress.

However, if you are looking for low carb foods that can enhance the areas that a low carb way of eating can remove without getting a touch inventive, here are my suggestions:

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Foods to look out for in supermarkets

  • Bacon
    • Be careful, and always read labels, as even some of the more expensive brands contains sugar and all contain nitrates. You can soak it before you use it, which helps to get rid of these chemicals.
  • Sausages
    • whilst standard brand sausages are usually only around 50% meat, most “luxury” brand sausages are between 80-95% meat. All contain a crumb of some sort, so always check the ingredients and carbohydrate count. Sausages with added flavours such as apple or caramelised onion are naturally higher in carbs.
  • German style sausage such as bratwurst, weisswust and bockwurst are usually 99% meat and 100% awesome.
  • Yoghurt
    •  The GO! diet theory is that the most lactose (sugar) in the milk is eaten up by the bacteria making the carb count lower. Always go for full fat and natural (no sweetener)  Total Greek yoghurt is good. Most Supermarkets also do a Greek Style own label
  • LoSalt
    • great for flavour and balancing potassium and sodium intake – these minerals, along with calcium and magnesium control water flow in the body.
  • Enco – Cajun Hot Pepper Sauce
  • Tabasco
  • Ground cinnamon
    • Assists in lowering blood pressure and boosts blood glucose control. Gary Rhodes suggests adding it to meat dishes to improve the flavour.
  • Marmite
    • Great for flavour in meat dishes. Lowish in carbs, great for B-vits. Don’t eat if you are sensitive to yeast.
  • Bovril
    • Again, great for adding flavour to meat dishes
  • Worcestershire sauce
    • This is a fermented fish sauce, contains gluten and sugar, but a splash goes a long way in adding savoury flavour.
  • Soy Sauce
  • Balsamic Vinegar
    • This adds sweet and deep notes to sauces. I use it in cream peppercorn sauce when I cook steak. I also add it to roasting juices as well to make gravy with a splash of Worcestershire sauce, sometimes some peppercorns. Reduce on a high heat and when almost there, add some butter to improve the texture
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Sichuan Pepper
  • Cake Flavouring drops/oils
    • Using these to add “missing” flavours such as lemon orange and banana to baking or protein shakes
  • Full-fat Cream cheese
  • Splenda (Sucralose)
    • For carb count, it is better to buy tablet and crush them (or liquid, from Bulk Powders or Amazon) as granular contains the sweetener bulked with maltodextrin, a Low density but highly glycemic carbohydrate. The addition of this filler make this off-limits for anyone who is extremely “sugar sensitive”.
  • Stevia
    • There are tablet and granular stevia products now in supermarkets and unlike for aspartame/sucralose granular sweeteners, stevia products are usually bulked with erythritol. This is a polyol that gives excellent results in baking.
  • Pork Rinds
    • The “puffy” american type are generally found in the speciality or “world food” section. Crush these and use as breadcrumb replacement, or simply for dipping in place of nachos or tortilla chips.
  • Oils
    • For flavour on salads and dressed vegetables, cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil or any cold press nut oil such as walnut or hazelnut.
      Macadamia nut is fantastic on salads and also in baked goods.
    • Coconut oil is suitable for frying with, as is is very saturated.
  • ‘Nut butters
    • Nuts have a carb load in themselves, but are also fantastically nutrient dense. Check labels and buy “No added sugar” varieties. Most supermarkets do an own-brand “Wholenut” Peanut Butter, and it’s no longer difficult to find other nut butters in their speciality sections or your local health food store. There are three main brands, Meridian FoodsWhole Earth Foods and Clearspring.co.uk
  • Nuts and seeds
    •  Brazils, Macadamias, Pecans, Almonds, Sunflower seeds, Pumkins seeds – all available from supermarkets and health stores. The baking section is the place to look, as nuts sold for baking are VAT free, and so cheaper than nuts sold for snacking.

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