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Atkins Carbohydrate Ladder

Order of Preference for Carbs

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Updated July 13, 2008

This is the order of preference which Atkins recommends for adding carbohydrate food back into the diet during the Ongoing Weight Loss Phase (OWL). They are roughly ordered as to how glycemic they are:
  1. More salad and other vegetables
  2. Fresh cheeses (as well as more aged cheese)
  3. Nuts and Seeds
  4. Berries, then melons
  5. Dry wine (and other spirits low in carbs)
  6. Legumes
  7. Other Fruits
  8. Starchy vegetables
  9. Whole grains

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