Learning the nuances of a new diet is confusing, especially if you are following a plan with complicated rules or many restrictions. The popular ketogenic diet can be difficult for beginners trying the high-fat, low-carbohydrate lifestyle.
As a refresher, keto dieters get about 70 percent of their daily calories from fat to force their bodies into the ketosis or fat burning mode. This means that only 20 percent of your daily calories can come from protein, while 10 percent are carbohydrates. Most dieticians recommend consuming only 20-30 grams of carbs, which makes eating many healthy foods, such as fruits, difficult. For example, a medium apple has 22 grams of carbs. But can you also eat other fruits like cherries?
Are cherries keto?
In general, most fruits contain a lot of carbohydrates because of their natural sugar. This makes it difficult to eat fruit and maintain ketosis. However, cherries can be keto-friendly if consumed in moderation. According to USDA, a single cup of cherries contains 22 grams of carbs. Does that mean you have to rob yourself of the antioxidant-rich fruit? Not exactly. Eat a smaller portion if you really want to quench the craving. Half a cup of cherries allows you to enjoy the fruits and stay in ketosis, but you must severely limit the carbohydrates of all other foods. Your best bet is to limit the amount to about a quarter of a cup.
And cherries are a rich source of antioxidants, so you probably do not want to remove the fruits from your diet ̵