What Canned Good to Keep, Buy, and Toss in Your Low-Carb Pantry

Discover the meats, sauces, and veggies that are good for your low-carb diet

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Canned goods in a low-carb diet may seem out of place. You may think that meat and fresh veggies are your only option, but you may consider this list of canned goods for low carb diets. Below we outline which foods you can keep and what to look out for to ensure these keepers are indeed keepers.

All About the Low-Carb Sauce 

Many low carb canned goods exist, but they have to be weeded out from those that have added sugars.

Pasta sauce, pumpkin, and salsa are especially on the watch list for added sugar. Nut ​butters also have to be checked to be all natural and unsweetened. In addition to canned, there are pre-packaged sardines, tuna, and salmon, as well as crab that doesn't come with the special "sauce" or water it's usually packaged in cans. Go with a recloseable pouch if fish sauce isn't your idea of a snack. Using the pouches makes this seafood easy to snack on, which is good because these are low calorie, high protein foods. 

Low-Carb Canned Stocks and Soups

Foods that are generally not high in protein are stocks and soups. That's a problem because they are usually high in sodium, especially in cans. Because high amounts of sodium can promote sugar cravings, you may want to go with low or no salt varieties of soups and stocks. Salsa and tomato paste may be hard to find with no salt, but ask around and find what you need.

The goal with any meal is to feel full longer and keep your blood sugar balanced. If you eat high sodium soups or stocks, it may be harder to do this because of the low protein factor and the risk of sugar cravings.

Canned Goods to Keep, Toss, or Buy

You may think you need to completely start anew in your pantry, but there's hope.

Here we outline all the foods you can keep, what you can toss and what you should add to your pantry. With proper planning ahead of time you can stock up your kitchen for your low carb diet without a sweat. The goal is to be prepared and know what to look for so you reach your goals for being on the low carb bandwagon.


  • Canned seafood (tuna, salmon, crab)
  • Sardines
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Salsas
  • Pasta sauce or tomato sauce with no added sugars
  • Canned green chilies
  • Tomato paste
  • Pumpkin
  • Roasted red peppers (rinse if there is sugar in the ingredients)
  • Dried tomatoes in oil (a little adds lots of flavor)
  • Chicken and/or vegetable stock
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Jars of pesto or other vegetable-based sauces
  • Other canned low-carb vegetables, if you like them
  • Dill pickles
  • Italian pickled vegetables
  • Anchovies
  • Nut butters (natural, unsweetened)

To Buy

To Toss

  • Canned soups – almost all of them are high carb
  • Canned fruits – unless specially packed to be low carb, as most have added sugars

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