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Keto Egyptian foods

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The food in Egypt can get very starchy, especially with the common use of sweets and other starchy foods.

Egyptian fish stew
Egyptian fish stew

Legumes and vegetables

Egyptian cuisine makes heavy use of legumes, which tend to have carbohydrates. Egyptian food is also heavy on vegetables and fruit from Egypt's rich Nile Valley and Delta. However, most legumes, some vegetables, and most fruits are, however, very starchy and not keto friendly. For a list of low carb, keto friendly vegetables, please visit ketogenic diet page. Meats, fish, poultry, eggs, mushrooms, cauliflower rice, salads, and green vegetables are generally low carb.

Similarities to Mediterranean diet

It shares similarities with the food of the Eastern Mediterranean region, such as rice-stuffed vegetables and grape leaves, hummus, falafel, shawarma, kebab and kofta.

Egyptian Olives
Egyptian Olives


Common meats in Egyptian cuisine are squab, chicken, and lamb. Lamb and beef are frequently used for grilling. Offal is a popular fast food in cities, and foie gras is a delicacy that has been prepared in the region since at least 2500 BCE.


Fish and seafood are common in Egypt's coastal regions.



A significant amount of Egyptian cuisine is vegetarian, due to both the historically high price of meat and the needs of the Coptic Christian community, whose religious restrictions require essentially vegan diets for much of the year.


Tea is the national drink of Egypt, and beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage.

List of low carb / keto friendly Egyptian foods


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