Condiments for the Low-Carb Pantry

For people on a low-carb diet, the list of foods you can’t eat can seem endless. However, if you focus on fresh produce and lean protein, your cravings for starches and grains may diminish. Another trick is to incorporate a variety of flavors to keep your food interesting and tasty. This is where pantry items come in. For instance, condiments like vinegar, mustard, hot sauce, garlic, chicken broth, and mayonnaise made with olive oil have virtually no carbs.

Healthy Fats for Cooking

If you’re on a low-carb diet, you know you need to incorporate healthy fats into your cooking and recipes. Some fats have higher nutritional value than others. These include:

Most low-carb diet authors say to avoid oils that are high in omega-6 fats (soy, corn, most safflower, and sunflower). Partially hydrogenated oils should always be avoided as they contain trans fats.

Adding Flavor With Condiments

Many condiments are riddled with all kinds of sugar. Before you start reading labels, get familiar with sugar’s many disguises. Keep the following low- or no-carb condiments on hand to give your food flavor:

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