Are Pickles Keto?

Keto Meter: 4

Answer: At 1.4 g of net carbs per serving, pickles are generally keto-friendly, but there are some sugar-heavy brands you should avoid.

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Pickles

Explanation

Low in everything but sodium, pickles are a great keto-friendly snack. But you need to be careful when choosing your pickles. While cucumbers, salt, and vinegar are all low-carb, some manufacturers add sugar to their brine, a keto no-go. Fortunately, a quick peek at the nutrition label will tell you if your gherkin is sugar-free of sugar-full.

Pickle Variety Keto-friendly Brands
Dill Mt. Olive, Vlasic, Clausen, Boar's Head
Kosher Bubbies
Cornichons Maille
Sours Mt. Olive, Boar's Head, Vlasic
Sweet Mt. Olive
Bread and butter Mt. Olive
Horseradish Avoid, this variety typically contains added sugar

A 100 g serving of dill pickles, roughly three spears, contains just 1.4 g of net carbs. But while the carb count is low, you don't want to pig out on pickles. Those three spears contain 809 mg of sodium, more than a third of the CDC’s recommended sodium intake of 2,300 mg per day.

Kosher pickles, which are fermented rather than brined, are a great source of probiotics. The microorganisms responsible for fermentation synergize well with the bacteria in your gut, boosting digestive health. To tell a fermented pickle from a brined one, look at the ingredient list: if it includes vinegar, it’s a brined pickle. You can taste the difference, too. Fermented pickles will tingle on your tongue, almost like they're carbonated.

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