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Foods To Not Use For A Keto Diet

1. Quinoa

It might be hard to believe that quinoa is not recommended but its effects will not help you when it comes to the keto diet.

While this is the type of quality protein you need in your diet, it also comes with 17 grams of carbs in each half a cup of quinoa.

The carbs are also the main reason why you should avoid this food when you follow a keto diet.Report this ad

2. Apples

Apples have plenty of benefits for a regular diet focused on balanced meals and healthy eating.

But similar to quinoa, they will increase your carb intake with 20 grams of sugar for each medium size apple you eat.Report this ad

So, no matter how much you like these fruits or how many good things you’ve heard about them, they are not something to eat while on keto.

3. Black Beans

Black beans, like other legumes, are very good for your digestive system.Report this ad

They contain a good amount of fiber that has a healthy impact on your body.

However, along with this fiber, you also ingest 12 grams of carbs for only half a cup of black beans.

Needless to say that you should avoid them altogether on keto.

4. Dark Chocolate

When you are trying to lose weight but still want to indulge in your chocolate every now and then, dark chocolate seems to be the best compromise, right? Wrong!

Only one ounce of dark chocolate contains 10 grams of carbs.

Considering that your carb intake on keto should be between 20 grams and 50 grams, you might have to forget about eating dark chocolate for a while.

5. Sweet Potatoes

Yes, you most likely know that potatoes are a big no-no in most diets due to their increased level of carbs.

But the fact is sweet potatoes are not much better.

No matter how you cook them, mashed, fried or even baked, they will add not fewer than 23 grams of carbs to your diet for a medium-sized sweet potato.Report this ad

6. Yogurt

Let’s say you want to eat a small 8-ounce yogurt cup and you are also on a keto diet.

The bad news is that just this amount of yogurt will have around 10 grams of carbs.Report this ad

And that is if you go for yogurt with no added sugar.

However, the good news is that if you simply can’t fight your yogurt cravings, you can go for a full-fat greek yogurt and stick with just half a cup.

This shouldn’t add more than 4 grams of carbs to your meal and you should be able to work with that.

7. Oranges

Yes, oranges! They are not as compatible with the keto diet as you might assume.

The main reason would be the increased amount of sugar that these delicious fruits have.

One small orange has around 13 grams of carbs which could easily knock you out of ketosis!

8. Acorn Squash

If acorn squash is one of your favorite treats, you might want to replace it fast because it doesn’t go well with the keto diet.

In spite of the fact that this snack contains 9 grams of healthy fiber, it can also contains 20 grams of carbs.

And that is just for one cup of baked cubes of acorn squash.

If you love acorn squash that much, consider the fact that you will not be able to eat more than a cup of it and that is all the carbs you should be getting for an entire day.

9. Chickpeas

If you love snacking on chickpeas including roasted chickpeas, boiled chickpeas or hummus, you will not be very happy to find out that they are not the best food for the keto diet.

The worst way to eat chickpeas is roasted because they will have 13 grams of carbs.

But if you prefer two tablespoons of hummus every now and then, that will only contain 3 grams of carbs, which is a lot better.Report this ad

But you have to make sure that you are not eating more just because it is so tasty and you can dip all your veggies in them.

10. Brown Rice

For some people, life without rice is hard to conceive.

But if you are following a keto diet, you should start learning to avoid rice altogether, including brown rice.Report this ad

Only half a cup of brown rice has around 24 grams of carbs and most likely once you start eating, you will not stop at half a cup of this delicious side dish.

As many recipes as you can make with brown rice, it is wiser to let this type of food out of your daily diet while on keto!

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Worst Foods For Bladder Health

Did you know that 40 percent of women experience overactive bladders? “Take five women in a room and two of them are affected,” says Rupa Kitchens, MD, urologist at Urology Centers of Alabama. “And about 25 percent of men,” she adds. In total, about 33 million adults in the U.S. suffer from an overactive bladder.

Here’s the thing: An overactive bladder affects more than just how many times you’re running to the restroom. “It affects everything,” says Kitchens. From work productivity (how can you sit at your desk and get through a task if you’re constantly getting up to go to the bathroom?) to sexual health.

In one study, women with overactive bladders reported it hindered function, frequency, and satisfaction in the bedroom—a triple whammy. And that can take a toll on a romantic relationship. There’s a mental health component, too. “It predisposes people to depression because if someone is constantly wet, they don’t want to leave the house. So people stay home and avoid activities, they stick to the same routines like the grocery store because they know where the bathroom is,” says Kitchens. “In my opinion, the only thing worse is stool leakage.”

Turns out, some of your favorite guilty pleasures could be exacerbating the issue. In other words, what you eat and drink impacts your bladder in more ways than just filling it up. And, in fact, your habits now can impact your incontinence—or lack thereof—later in life.

Here are the five foods and drinks to avoid if you have an overactive bladder.


This includes lemonade; orange, grapefruit, and pineapple juices; and citrus fruits such as lemons and limes. The acid in them can irritate your urinary tract lining, including your bladder. For some people, tomatoes (which are acidic) can also be problematic. The good news? You don’t have to eliminate citrus altogether. It’s about moderation—Kitchens says a glass of lemonade once a month is fine.


Coffee is a common offender because it can full of caffeine (and we Americans love our coffee). Not only will coffee make you urinate more often (it’s a diuretic), but caffeine also may have an “excitatory effect” on the smooth muscle that lines your bladder. Don’t drink coffee? Be mindful of the caffeine in tea, sodas, chocolate, and energy drinks.

Soft drinks

These are on the no-no list because of both their caffeine and carbonation. Why exactly carbonation is an issue isn’t fully known, but one of the largest published studies that looked at women and urinary incontinence identified drinking carbonated drinks as one of the top three diet and lifestyle factors (obesity and smoking were the other two) associated with the onset of overactive bladder symptoms.

Artificial sweeteners

Faux sugars found in “sugar-free” foods and candy, as well as diet sodas, can sometimes bother people, but, according to Kitchens, less so. That said, in one small study Diet Coke and caffeine-free Coke irritated participants more so than classic Coke and plain carbonated water. And then there’s an animal study that suggests artificial sweeteners may cause the smooth muscle that lines your bladder to contract more.


Not only does it make you pee more (just like caffeine, it’s a diuretic), but some doctors advise against drinking too much alcohol as they believe it can irritate the lining of your urinary tract. Though the research is still not conclusive when it comes to nixing alcohol if you have an overactive bladder, the anecdotal evidence (and MD advice) is fairly strong.

The Bottom Line

If you suffer from an overactive bladder, so-called behavior changes are actually the first line of therapy.

And number one, per Kitchens, is finding a substitute for what you gave up. “Don’t go without. Find something you like and substitute it for what you can’t have,” says Kitchens. Look for a flavored water or try coconut water. You can drink decaf tea and coffee in small amounts. Even a non-citrus juice, like apple juice, can be enjoyed in moderation.

If your overactive bladder causes you to leak, kegel exercises can help you control your urgency better. There’s also research that suggests being obese is associated with urinary incontinence, so if you’re overweight or obese, losing weight could be beneficial. And then there are medications, which are actually fairly common. “Over-the-counter medications are available, but the possibility of them helping is low,” advises Kitchens. “I don’t have a single patient on that alone.” She recommends you see your primary care doctor or urologist to discuss the possibility of a prescription medication.

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