Have you ever wondered how many carbs are in your sauces? Even the low-carb and keto sauces?
This is your supreme guide to carbs in sauces (with sauce carb charts). Discover what to enjoy and avoid.
Did you know that the sugar in BBQ sauce is the same as the sugar in chocolate sauce?
Which sauces are low-carb?
When you're making a low-carb dinner, it's nice to have some delicious low-carb and keto sauces on hand. Whether you cook with the sauces, marinade, serve or dip with them, tasty low-carb sauces can make a meal.
So stock up your pantry with the best low carb sauces such as guacamole, mustard, sugar-free ketchup, and sugar-free BBQ sauce.
Below, you can see the carb value of each sauce and what is the suggested serving size.
What sauces can you have on keto?
So stock up your pantry with the best keto sauces such as aioli, mayonnaise, and herbed butter.
How to check sauce labels
Discovering the carbs in sauces can be shocking. Once you learn how to read nutrition labels you will become a wizard at knowing how to find hidden sugars and hidden carbs.
Most people associate high sugar sauces and high carb sauces to be predominantly found in sweet sauces. What is disturbing, is to discover how many carbs are to be found in savory sauces too.
Avoid all sauces that have added sugar, cane sugar, fruit concentrate, dextrose, glucose liquid, evaporated cane juice, coconut sugar, honey or any of the other 50 names of sugar.
But how do you know the hidden carbs in sauces? The labels can be tricky to understand. You need to avoid sauces that contain wheat, cornflour, potato starch, and tapioca starch.
You also need to make sure you avoid all low carb and keto sauces that contain maltitol. Even though it is not sugar, it will still raise your blood sugars. You will also find maltitol in keto bars and keto snacks.
9 Low-carb sauces - the best and the worst
It's dinner time, you're hungry, which are the best low carb sauces and best keto sauces? And which ones do you need to avoid?
Is BBQ sauce keto?
Barbecue sauce can have as much sugar as chocolate sauce. Think of that next time you or your children drown your meat at a BBQ with
chocolate BBQ sauce.
Store-bought BBQ sauce: (2 tablespoon = 14g net carbs)
RECIPE: Tangy sugar-free BBQ sauce (2 tablespoon = 1.1g net carbs)
Is mayonnaise keto?
Yes, mayonnaise is keto as long as there are no added sugars and starches. Homemade mayonnaise is a delicious creamy keto sauce that is made with an egg and your favorite mild-flavored oil such as mild olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, or macadamia oil.
Store-bought mayonnaise: (2 tablespoon = 5g net carbs)
RECIPE: 1-minute magic mayonnaise (2 tablespoon = 0.1g net carbs)
Is mustard keto?
Mustard is keto, but not the sweetened mustard from a squeeze bottle you would traditionally see at a burger joint or restaurant. Mustard made from mustard powder, however, is very low in carbs.
Store-bought mustard: (2 tablespoon = 4g net carbs)
Mustard (made from powder): (1 teaspoon = 0.1g net carbs)
Is ketchup keto?
Regular ketchup is not keto. It is high in natural sugars and added sugars. Store-bought ketchup also often has high fructose corn syrup and added starches and thickeners.
And even though the suggested serving size is 2 tablespoons, I would estimate children pour between ¼-1/2 cup of ketchup over their fries. That equates to 16g - 32g carbs, JUST for the sauce (then there are the fries and soda that usually accompany such a meal).
Don't believe me? Watch next time you are sitting next to children that have a bottle of ketchup, or count how many sachets/packets they use. Individual packets can range from 7g-18g in size.
Store-bought ketchup: (2 tablespoon = 9g net carbs)
RECIPE: Sugar-free Instant Pot ketchup (2 tablespoon = 2.8g net carbs)
Is balsamic vinegar keto?
No, balsamic vinegar is not keto. But, if you only a small amount, it may be able to be incorporated into your keto diet. Balsamic vinegar is made with vinegar and sugar that are heated and reduced to make a slightly syrupy vinegar.
Store-bought balsamic vinegar: (2 tablespoon = 5g net carbs)
Regular vinegar: (2 tablespoon = 0g net carbs)
Is soy sauce keto?
Soy sauce can be keto because it is extremely low in carbs, however many people avoid it due to the controversy regarding soy and its potential hormonal effects. Some choose to use coconut aminos instead BUT the sugar content is high and no longer keto friendly.
Store-bought soy sauce: (2 tablespoon = 1.6g net carbs)
Coconut aminos: (2 tablespoon = 12g net carbs)
Is maple syrup keto?
No, traditional maple syrup is no keto. It is a sugar syrup that has maple flavors or maple essence added. Sugar-free maple syrup is keto as long as it does not contain sweeteners such as maltitol or dextrose.
The values are per 2 tablespoons to keep this carb chart consistent, but the average serving size is ¼-1/2 cup!
Store-bought maple syrup: (2 tablespoon = 26g net carbs)
Sugar-free maple syrup: (2 tablespoon = 2g net carbs)
Is vinaigrette keto?
Vinaigrette can be keto, it depends on what brand you buy and how many added sugars there are.
Store-bought vinaigrette: (2 tablespoon = 0.8g net carbs)
Is guacamole keto?
Guacamole is lower carb, not keto. As much as we all love avocados, the grams of net carbs can quickly add up. Especially if the guacamole has been made with onions or tomatoes.
Store-bought guacamole: (2 tablespoon = 3g net carbs)
RECIPE: Guacamole salsa
Carbs in sauces (carb charts)
We all know sauces will make a meal, sauces will help encourage our children to eat their veggies, and delicious sauces will help to dress up a simple meal into something spectacular. So which sauces can we use?
And scroll to the bottom, you will see some easy recipes for homemade lc and k sauces that can turn a regular dinner from drab to fab.
The best low-carb sauces to keep in your pantry
- Extra virgin olive oil 0g
- Macadamia oil 0g
- Avocado oil 0g
- Vinegar 0g
- Mayonnaise 0g
- Tabasco 0.1g
- Aioli 0.3g
- Mustard 0.1g (watch labels for added sugar)
- Salsa 1.5 g (watch labels for added sugar)
The best pantry items to make keto sauces
These pantry items can be added to the juices that come from cooking meat, to make a simple and tasty low carb sauce.
- Broth - vegetable, beef, chicken
- Coconut cream
- Cream cheese
- Heavy cream
- Tomato paste (remember we only use a small amount of this compared to ketchup that is poured over food)
Below are my favourite sauces I make often. Even sprinkling cheese, parmesan, bacon bits, herbs or butter over food can be as tasty as a sauce.
5 easy homemade low-carb sauces
- MAGIC 1-minute mayonnaise
- Tangy BBQ sauce
- Sugar-free Instant Pot ketchup
- Meatballs (and 3 sauces)
- Herbed butter (4 ways)
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