Wouldn’t it be great if there are great-tasting foods that have absolutely zero calories? What a world it would be! Alas no such things exist. However, specialists have categorized a few food items from the produce section that are virtually guilt-free in terms of calories.
These are foods that have up to 60 calories per reasonable serving. We’ve listed down several of these almost calorie-free foods to help you out when you’re feeling extra virtuous with what you consume.
A lot of produce are quite high in water and dietary fiber and hardly have considerable calories in them. Fresh greens are especially water-heavy and fibrous. Two sizeable stalks of celery have 13 calories and 1.2 grams of fiber. Two cups of shredded romaine lettuce are equal to 18 calories and about the same amount of fiber. A cup of shredded cabbage goes for 22 calories, while kale and spinach have nearly negligible caloric contents of five and seven calories per cup respectively. A cup of watercress would set you back a measly four calories.
It’s not all rabbit food. Some more succulent veggies are also considered guilt-free by producestandards, although they are within the middle range of the low-calorie spectrum due to some sugar and carb content. But these are considered more enjoyable on account of their more complex flavours and textures.
For example, a medium tomato has 25 calories. Half a cucumber has 20 calories. An average sized carrot and half a cup of sugar snap peas are both 30 calories. Asparagus is a bit hearty so a cup goes for 27 calories. One cup of slightly sweet and satisfyingly crunchy jicama cut into sticks is a bit high with 45 calories but also has a pleasing six grams of fiber. Still on the subject of crunch and complex taste, a cup of radish is just about 18 calories.
Naturally, whatever fruit that makes this list would fall on the higher caloric content range considering the topic at hand because of the default sugar content. But we can treat ourselves since they are still low in calories when placed against the grand scheme of keeping things healthy.
A whole ripe peach, for example, would have 37 calories on the average and so does half a grapefruit. A cup of strawberries, watermelon, papaya, or cantaloupe could have between 50 to 56 calories each. An orange is worth around 60 calories but that would come with a side of 2.3 grams of fiber.
There were talks of negative calorie foods—foods that cost more calories to burn than the amount they put in the body—but most specialists do not subscribe to the notion since the “negative” calories expended is so small that they’re largely inconsequential.
Of course, these are based on reasonable serving sizes as mentioned. Proper portioning still plays a massive part in losing weight by consuming the above foods. Adequate nutrition should also be considered. Eating celery all day may help you shed the pounds but you’d need more than the nutrients in celery for the body to function properly.
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