There’s so much info out there about the banting diet – here’s a simple break down of what you can and can’t eat.
The Banting diet is still super popular in South Africa. It’s been around for hundreds of years and there is now more resources than ever available to make sure you do things right if you choose to adopt this way of eating.
The foods that you can and can’t eat are divided into a few different lists, ranging from the green list, which we’ll discuss here, to
the really red list
– foods you should never eat.
The green banting list is an “all you can eat” list. You won’t have to worry about the carb count of these foods at all. That doesn’t mean you should overeat – just eat until you are full and listen to your body.
For animal protein, try and stick with a serving size that’s the same as the size and thickness of your palm. Here are the foods on the banting green list, broken down into categories.
All eggs, all meats, poultry and game, all natural and cured meats (pancetta, parma ham, coppa etc), all natural and cured sausages (salami, chorizo etc), all offal, all seafood (except swordfish and tilefish – high mercury content) and broths
Cottage cheese, cream, cream cheese, full-cream Greek yoghurt, full-cream milk, hard cheese and soft cheeses.
Any rendered animal fat, avocado oil, butter, cheese – firm, natural, full-fat, aged cheeses (not processed and certainly no “cheese spreads”), coconut oil, duck fat, ghee, lard, macadamia oil, mayonnaise, full fat only (not from seeds oils) and olive oil.
Nuts and seeds
Almonds, flaxseeds (watch out for pre-ground flaxseeds, they go rancid quickly and become toxic), macadamia nuts, pecan nuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and walnuts.
Erythritol granules, stevia powder and xylitol granules.
All green leafy vegetables (spinach, cabbage, lettuces etc), any other vegetables grown above the ground (except butternut). Artichoke hearts, asparagus, aubergines, avocados, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, courgettes, leeks, mushrooms, olives, onions, peppers, pumpkin, radishes, sauerkraut, spring onions and tomatoes.
For more information, see the
Real Meal Revolution
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