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Yep, you can basically eat steak, avocado and cheese to your heart’s desire while you’re on the ketogenic diet. But there are a few dos and don’ts in the high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb regimen. That’s why we made this concise cheat sheet of all the foods you should avoid—and what to go for instead. Finding delicious keto recipes on Pinterest just got that much easier.

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Foods You Should Avoid


Milk (compared with other dairy products it lacks “good” bacteria and is high in carbs)

Reduced-fat dairy products

Any type of sugar (including honey, agave and maple syrup)

Artificial sweeteners

Starchy, high-carb veggies (like potatoes and corn)

Refined fats (like canola, grapeseed and corn oil)

Processed foods (like cookies, condiments and soda)

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Foods You Can Eat, But In Moderation

Low-carb fruit (like blackberries and raspberries)

Full-fat dairy products (except for milk)


Medium-starch vegetables (like peas, carrots, beets and parsnips)

Soy products

Legumes and beans

Nuts and seeds


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Foods You Can (and Should) Eat

Fat-based fruit (like avocado)


Low-carb veggies (think: leafy greens)



Healthy fats (including saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated in foods like coconut oil and cold-pressed olive oil)

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