Let’s talk hidden carbs. They’re lurking out there and you need to train yourself to be aware.
The big one is sugar. The food industry has an obsession with sugar and they put it in everything. Artificial sweeteners are hidden in plain sight under names like acesulfame potassium, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, and maltodextrin. The only sweetners that are okay-ish on keto are Stevia and Erythritol.
You’ll also find prepackaged shredded cheese has starch added to prevent clumping. Think of all the packaged items at the store that the manufacturer has prevented its contents from sticking together – dried fruit, candies, and gummy vitamins come to mind. Some sort of starch keeps those from sticking together. Those are hidden carbs.
Liquid eggs, chicken/beef bouillon, herbs and seasonings (here’s a list), packaged peanut butter (only use fresh pressed if possible), condiments, and even some medications have hidden carbs.
Take what was my favorite brand and flavor of pork rinds… zero carb, my butt! Look at that ingredients list – sugar (AND maltodextrin), wheat, etc. Yikes! Now they’re a very special treat.
See, if a serving size comes in under one carb, they can say it’s zero carb when in fact there are carbs right there, hiding out in the open.
The moral of the story is to read labels, read labels, READ LABELS! Think about the food you’re consuming.