Asparagus is considered to be one of the most nutritious vegetables out there. It is low in calories, low in carbohydrates and very low in fat. In one medium spear of asparagus there are 0.6 carbs. That is not so many carbs, considering it does contain a small amount of sugar and very little fiber. In one large spear of asparagus the carb content is a bit higher. There are 0.80 carbs in one large spear of asparagus that has been steamed or boiled.
In one cup of steamed or boiled asparagus there are about 5 grams of carbs. Just over 2 carbs comes from the sugar content and nearly 3 grams of carbs comes from the fiber content found in the vegetable. In order to keep the carbs and calories low in asparagus it is best to hold the butter, cheese sauce and anything else that can sabotage your efforts to keep the veggie nutritious and healthy in its raw state. Adding butter and sauces increases the carbs and packs on the calories.
In order to keep the carb count low, for those watching their carb intake, it is best to keep the vegetable in its purest state.
If you really want to cut the carbs, be sure to watch your portions. The more you eat, the more carbohydrates you will consume. Every stalk counts!
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