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Yikes! Most People Think These Foods Are Low-Carb, But They’re Not

There’s nothing worse than trying to eat healthy only to discover the superfoods that everyone promised would help you lose weight fast really aren’t so super. As it turns out, not all carbohydrates look like bread, and foods that many mistakenly believe to be “low-carb” are actually surprisingly high in carbs. So if you’re having trouble shedding that tummy, take a look in your fridge and see if these high-carb foods are to blame.

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Mangoes: This smoothie recipe favorite packs more than just a tropical twist. A single mango has 50 grams of carbs—yowza—but mangoes aren’t all bad. Just one will get cover a fifth of your daily recommended fiber, double your vitamin-C, and almost all of your vitamin-A.

Soda: We all know the amount of sugar in soda is astounding, but it’s also quite high in carbs. A 12-ounce can of Coke has 39 grams of carbs. We’d rather just eat bread, thank you very much!

Bananas: An easy breakfast when you’re on-the-go, bananas have about 27 grams of carbs in just one fruit. While they’re certainly a high-fiber snack, when you load up your smoothies with bananas, your daily carb intake might be a lot higher than you think.

Quinoa: While quinoa is high in fiber and protein, just one cup of the cooked grain lands somewhere close to 39 grams of carbs. That said, it’s still a better option than white rice or bread.

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Baked beans: This cookout side dish has a jaw-dropping 55 grams of carbs in just one cup. When beans are covered in sweet, tangy sauces, the added sugars might negate their inherent benefits.

Fruit-flavored yogurt: That strawberry yogurt you’re enjoying has about 41 grams of carbs and a whopping 39 grams of sugar. Opting for Greek yogurt can significantly cut those numbers, and you can get all the benefits of fresh fruit by sprinkling your choice on top.

Applesauce: A cup of sweetened applesauce has about 43 grams of carbs without the benefits of a real apple. If you’re still craving applesauce, you should switch your sweetened version for an unsweetened brand—that will slash your carb intake down to just 27 grams.

Raisins: These lunchbox favorites are surprisingly high in carbs. Just one small box has about 34 grams of carbs. With numbers that high, you’d be better off with regular grapes, which only have 16 grams of carbs per serving.

Keep this list handy the next time you go shopping use caution when you’re filling your cart.

h/t Delish

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