Almost Zero Carb Food List & How to Manage Tips and tricks about this Diet

Imagine a zero carb world where nervous carb counting doesn’t exist.

If you’re starting low carb, speeding up ketosis or in Atkins Induction, no carb foods will set you free.

  1. Tips for going zero carb
  2. How to read no carb food labels
  3. Real life zero carb food experience and 6 week food log
  4. Printable list of no carb foods

The list of low carb foods is HUGE. Zero carb foods are more limited, especially in the fruit and veggie area. But there are still over 100 choices for richly satisfying meals.

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Finding foods with zero carbs isn’t hard (anymore.)

Use our zero carb and (almost) zero carb food lists, read package labels carefully and be pleasantly surprised at all the options.


Technically speaking, fats are the only foods that are completely zero carb. Even meats and seafood have trace amounts.

What You Must Know:

The foods on this list have very minor amounts of net carbs – fractions of a gram. These foods are so close to zero, most low carbers consider them ‘no carb foods.’

The “almost” zero carb foods are a bit higher, but a single serving from the list is still under 1 net carb.

One Warning:

Track your servings. Trace amounts of carbs still add up.


You’ve decided to go low – really low. These three easy tips simplify starting your zero carb diet.

Give yourself a few days to prepare.

Check your fridge and cabinets, move any higher carb foods to the side, and fill the space with your favorite no carb foods.

Plan a zero carb grocery trip and stock up!

Focus on what you ARE allowed to eat.

Zero carb foods are savory and delicious. You won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself.

Have fun. Try new things.

If you are eating foods with no carbs, you are cooking more often. Having some fun with your food is a good way to build positive associations.

Real Life Zero Carb Food Log

What’s it really like to go zero carb? Rebecca Latham of Low Carb Better Health went zero carb, keeping food logs for six weeks:

I have also been eating Fat Bombs, which contain almond butter, cocoa power and Stevia.

I am carefully tracking what I am eating.


Many food labels list foods as having zero carbs. Labeling laws allow food companies to print “zero grams” on the label if the food has less than one gram of carbs.

Sugar substitutes, cheeses, eggs and spices are common examples of this situation. If you’re being extra cautious, count them as .5 net carbs per serving.


There are zero carb foods in almost every food group, so it’s easy to enjoy a variety of foods when going no carb.

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printable list of foods with no carbs


High in protein and vitamins, most natural meats have zero carbs.


Packaged, cured and processed meats (sausage, hot dogs, deli meat, bacon, etc.) have some carbs due to added flavoring, preservatives or starchy binders.

Be sure to check the labels.

These natural meats have no carbs:

  1. Beef
  2. Veal
  3. Lamb
  4. Pork
  5. Fowl (turkey, chicken, duck, goose, hen, quail)
  6. Organ Meats (brains, tongue, liver, heart, kidneys)
  7. Game Meats (venison, bison, ostrich, caribou, elk)
  8. Exotic Meats (such as ostrich and emu)


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Fresh (unprocessed) seafood is zero carb:

  1. Cod
  2. Flounder
  3. Sole
  4. Haddock
  5. Halibut
  6. Sardine
  7. Swordfish
  8. Tuna
  9. Trout
  10. Salmon
  11. Catfish
  12. Bass

These options have trace carbs:

  1. Crab
  2. Shrimp
  3. Lobster
  4. Squid

These options have a bit more:

  1. Oysters (count .35 net carbs per oyster)

Mussels (count .38 net carbs per mussel)

  1. Clams (count .35 net carbs per clam)

Zero Carb Seasoning

Flavoring zero carb foods makes them much more palatable.

  1. Salt and Pepper
  2. Vinegar
  3. Ground Cinnamon
  4. Most Hot Sauces
  5. Pre-mixed Seasonings (check the label)
  6. Yellow Mustard
  7. Dill weed
  8. Chives, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, etc.

Zero Carb Oils and Fats

The following fats and oils have zero carbs:

  1. Olive oil
  2. Coconut oil
  3. Grass-fed butter
  4. Walnut Oil
    MCT oil
  5. Avocado oil
  6. Fish oil
  7. Animal Fats (including lard)

Less healthy oils:

  1. Mayonnaise (check each label)
  2. Vegetable Shortening
  3. Sesame oil
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