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    Wednesday, 11 January 2017

    Forget Fad Dieting; Try These Zero Calorie Foods


    For those who are fed up with fad dieting, tired of wasting effort on plans that prove ineffective or, worse, have short-lived results, stop focusing so hard on the idea of dieting. Instead, carefully consider each snack before popping it in your mouth. Weigh your options by considering the pros and cons of the food you choose to eat. After all, it is your choice to have a late-night ice cream snack which will likely be stored as fat by your body. That pack of Double Stuff Oreos is entirely in your hands … literally. You’re holding the package. You can choose to put the cookies down and walk away, or give in to your baser instincts and devour a ton of unnecessary calories. Ultimately, everything you eat is a choice you’ve made. The body is a roadmap of past decisions; sobering information to face.

    Happily, there are some wholesome, healthy, and delicious foods that are amount to zero calories. How can that be? These foods make your body work as you eat them.

    As the body works to chew and digest, it burns off more calories than are in the food item, negating any that would be stored. These incredible morsels are referred to as “zero-calorie foods” by experts, and eating them won’t, within reason, contribute to your daily caloric intake. So, in theory, by including these foods in your diet you will be able to eat more overall. That’s a win-win situation if I ever heard one.

    1. Apples
    Calories: 47 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C; promotes heart health.

    2. Apricots
    Calories: 12 kcals per fruit
    Benefits: contains potassium, fibre, antioxidants and vitamins C and A; promotes heart and eye health.

    3. Asparagus
    Calories: 6 kcals per spear
    Benefits: contains antioxidants, fibre, manganese, and vitamins A, B, C, E  and K; aids in digestion.

    4. Beetroot
    Calories: 36 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains manganese, potassium, antioxidants.

    5. Broccoli
    Calories: 33 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains potassium, fibre, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C, E and K; contains omega-3s; aids in digestion.

    6. Cauliflower
    Calories: 3 kcals per floret
    Benefits: contains fibre and vitamins B and K as well as 77% of the daily recommended allowance for vitamin C.

    7. Celery
    Calories: 2 kcals per stick
    Benefits: contains vitamin K and antioxidants.

    8. Cranberries
    Calories: 15 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains fibre, manganese, antioxidants, and vitamin C; protects against urinary tract infections (UTI).

    9. Watercress
    Calories: 4 kcals per quarter bunch
    Benefits: contains vitamins A and K and glucosinolate compounds (anti-cancer properties).

    10. Cucumber
    Calories: 6 kcals per 1-inch piece
    Benefits: contains vitamin K and antioxidants.

    11. Fennel
    Calories: 12 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains vitamin C, fibre and potassium.

    12. Garlic
    Calories: 49 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains manganese and vitamins B and C; lowers blood triglycerides and total cholesterol.

    13. Grapefruit
    Calories: 24 kcals per ½  fruit
    Benefits: contains antioxidants and vitamins A and C; lowers total cholesterol.

    14. Green Beans
    Calories: 24 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains manganese, fibre, folate and vitamins B, C and K.

    15. Kale
    Calories: 33 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains manganese, fibre, antioxidants, calcium, glucosinolate compounds (anti-cancer properties) and vitamins A, B, C, E and K;

    16. Leeks
    Calories: 22 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains manganese and vitamins A, B, C and K.

    17. Lemons
    Calories: 3 kcals per slice
    Benefits: contains antioxidants, folate and vitamin C.

    18. Romaine Lettuce
    Calories: 14 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains folate, fibre, manganese, potassium and vitamins A, B, C and K.

    19. Onion
    Calories: 7 kcals per slice
    Benefits: contains biotin, manganese, fibre, potassium and vitamins B and C; supports cardiovascular health as a part of a balanced diet; increases bone density.

    20. Raspberries
    Calories: 1 kcal per fruit
    Benefits: contains manganese, fibre and vitamins C, E and K.

    21. Strawberries
    Calories: 3 kcals per fruit
    Benefits: contains manganese, antioxidants, fibre, folate and vitamin C; has cardiovascular benefits.

    22. Swede
    Calories: 24 kcals per 100g
    Benefits: contains vitamin C and beta-carotene.

    23. Watermelon
    Calories: 16 kcals per ¼ slice
    Benefits: contains antioxidants, potassium and vitamins A, B and C; prevents heart attacks.


    **Items listed under “Benefits” show only surface details for each item. For a more thorough explanation of health benefits and nutrients, visit whfoods.com.


    Jacqui Litvan

    Jacqui Litvan, wielding a bachelor's degree in English, strives to create a world of fantasy amidst the ever-changing landscape of military life. Attempting to become a writer, she fuels herself with coffee (working as a barista) and music (spending free time as a raver).
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