Diabetic food at Taco Bell

Taco Bell offers some low-carb menu items. Taco Bell offers some low-carb menu items.

A low-carb diet can be difficult to follow, especially when it comes to eating out. Depending on the diet, many low-carb diets restrict carbohydrate intake to fewer than 50 to 150 grams per day, and sometimes as few as 20 grams per day. Although finding foods with fewer than 20 grams of carbs can be challenging at a fast food chain like Taco Bell, it is not impossible. Multiple menu choices will help keep your taste buds happy without busting your carb allowance.


Not all of the tacos on Taco Bell's menu have fewer than 20 grams of carbs, however there are quite a few from which to choose. Most of the carbs are contained in the taco shells or tortillas. The Chicken, Fresco Chicken, Beef, Grilled Steak and Fresco Grilled Steak soft tacos all have 18 to 19 grams of carbohydrate per taco. Even lower in carbs are the Crunchy, Fresco Crunchy, Crunchy Taco Supreme, Volcano, Doritos Locos and Doritos Locos Taco Supreme tacos, which have 12 to 15 grams of carbohydrate per taco.

Sides and Beverages

There are few side dishes at Taco Bell that you can get for 20 grams of carbs or fewer. Mexican Rice and Pintos 'n' Cheese both contain exactly 20 grams of carbohydrate per serving, and a Cheese Roll-up contains 18 grams of carbs. Although all regular beverages are high in carbohydrates due to their sugar content, Taco Bell does offer a few diet drinks, which contain zero grams of carbs, including Diet Pepsi and Diet Mountain Dew.


Condiments can often help add bulk and flavor to food items without adding a lot of carbohydrates. All of Taco Bell's sauces and condiments contain no more than 2 grams of carbs per serving, and many are low in calories, as well. Adding extra vegetables, such as lettuce and tomato, will help fill you up without adding a significant number of carbs to your meal.

Other Options

There are other ways to keep your carb intake low without having to forgo Taco Bell all together. One option is to split a menu item. Half of a Chili Cheese Burrito, Nachos Supreme, Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Double Decker Taco Supreme, or Cheese, Chicken or Steak Quesadilla will give you just around 20 grams of carbohydrate. Half of any Chulupa, Enchurito or Gordita Supreme will give you approximately 15 grams of carbs, as will half an order of Nachos, Cheesy Nachos, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, or half a Tostada or Crispy Potato Soft Taco. Another option is to order something like a salad or Chalupa and not eat the shell, which contains most of the carbs.

About the Author Arielle Kamps is a registered and licensed dietitian with a master of science degree in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. She counsels clients on a wide range of nutrition-related issues, including weight loss, cardiovascular health, sports nutrition and diabetes management.

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2008-08-06 07:46:11 by good-for-you-to-eat

Oatmeal is NOT

Quoted form last Sunday's Parade magazine article.
"Oatmeal is most people’s idea of a healthy breakfast, but you may need to rethink your morning meal. A controlled study at Boston Children’s Hospital found that eating only instant oatmeal for breakfast increased kids’ appetite and calorie consumption by more than 80% the rest of the day when compared to eating a vegetable omelet and fruit for breakfast. (Eating steel-cut oats did not spike appetite as much.) The study’s researchers attribute the results to fluctuations in blood sugar that occur after a meal consisting of processed grain products, and they stress the importance of having some protein at breakfast

2002-08-19 09:49:50 by hopeful_loser

Starting today!

Recommended by my doctor (!!!). I was very skeptical until I did some reading starting with the July 7, 2002 NYTimes magazine article 'What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?' by Gary Taubes (sorry can't link to NY Times but you can find it at Other readings I've done help make sense of it.
I found it fascinating that most articles, tv shows, etc. focused on the high protein and fat and that you can have bacon, eggs, steak, butter, cream all the time. When you actually read what Dr. Atkins has written, there is more involved including eating vegetables which I didn't get from the media, and he does warn against eating too much as well as advising that you limit consumption of processed meats

Why you should eat fruit -- not drink it -- to lower diabetes risk  — Today.com
Consuming whole fruits at least three times a week may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new long-term study published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.

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