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Zero Calorie Food Myths

Updated at: Apr 01, 2013
Exercise & Fitness
Written by: Editorial TeamPublished at: Jan 29, 2013
Zero Calorie Food Myths

Zero Calorie Food Myths

Are there really any zero calorie foods? Does any food have so low calories that the same amount or more calories are used to digest them as they contain?


Zero calorie food is really a myth. The diets that claim weight loss through "zero-calorie" or "negative-calorie" foods are nothing but phony. Losing weight would become so easy if there were calorie-free foods which we could eat all day.


But in reality other than water and diet beverages there are no zero-calorie or negative-calorie foods according to experts.


[Read: Tips to Cut Calories]


Busting the "Zero-Calories" Myth


Besides water, diet beverages and calorie-free foods like sugar substitutes there are no other zero-calorie or negative-calorie foods.


Some foods have very low calories and the calories used for chewing and digesting these foods may make them with almost no calories, but certainly there are no foods that result in a negative calorie balance.


Some foods that can be considered as being zero-calorie or negative-calorie include:

  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini

But experts say that you have to really eat large amounts of these foods to make your body work hard enough to make them actually zero calorie---and it is not actually worth it.


[Read: How to Cut Calories Gradually]


Zero to Hero Calories


Some experts say that although the foods considered to be with zero calories do not put you into a negative calorie balance they have several other benefits—as all are fruits and vegetables. Eating plenty of varied fruits and vegetables is good for your overall health and well being. These foods are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals ---nutrients which are needed to keep your body strong, healthy and fight diseases. Besides this fruits and vegetables have antioxidants---the disease-fighting substances that may lower the risk of cancer and heart disease later in life


The fiber in fruits and vegetables makes you feel full as higher-calorie foods, but with far fewer calories. If you are trying to lose weight eat a nutritionally balanced diet with limited calories and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Although these foods are not exactly zero calorie foods they make you feel full with far fewer calories and for longer.


And of you are really looking for zero calorie food drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages when you are thirsty. This will save you hundreds of calories. Healthy adults should drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.


Anything that we consume orally as food is intended to nourish the body. They are supposed to provide energy to the body to carry on its daily activities of growth and maintenance. It is only when there is an imbalance in the input and output that the problem arises.


When input > output = calories surplus/ weight gain.
When output > input = calorie deficit / weight loss.
When output = input = balance / weight maintenance.




WATER is the only true zero calorie food available so far. It provides nutrition to the body and performs many vital functions too. It acts as a solvent and forms the basis of the body weight, considering that 60 to 70 percent of body weight comprises of water weight.


Apart from water, essential vitamins and minerals that form the Micro nutrient group of foods are zero calories. 



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