Are Cherries Keto Diet-Friendly?
Cherries aren’t the lowest-carb fruit, but they aren’t off limits.
The popular keto diet doesn’t seem like it’s losing any steam. It’s not all that surprising, considering the impressive before-and-after photos from devotees (celebs included) and the science to back up weight-loss claims. And if you’re considering jumping on the keto diet bandwagon, you might be wondering if there’s room for some sweet fruits like cherries in the trendy low-carb plan.
FYI, the keto diet, or “ketogenic diet,” eating plan is all about minimizing your carbs and upping your fats to get your body to use fat as a form of energy, Scott Keatley, RD, of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy, previously told Women’s Health. While everyone’s body and nutrition needs can vary, most keto dieters get about 60 to 75 percent of their calories from fat and 15 to 30 percent from protein.
That leaves room for 5 to 10 percent of your daily calories for carbs. Ideally, you’d eat no more than 50 grams of carbs a day (some strict keto dieters even opt for as few as 20 grams of carbs a day). The minimal carb consumption leads to ketosis within about two to seven days. That’s when your body starts making ketones, or organic compounds it can use in place of those missing carbs, and burns fat for more energy.