Negative Calorie Foods?

July 13, 2008 at 12:16 am 1 comment

We’d all love to eat something yumolicious and burn calories while doing it, rather than adding to our daily count. 

Do negative calorie foods exist?  Some say yes.  According to Amy Lanou, Ph.D., assistant professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, “… for some very low calorie foods that take a lot of energy to digest, it’s possible to have a net loss of calories.”  But she cautions that the loss will only be a few calories, so it’s not going to make much of a difference in the long run.

So, what are these potential calorie cancelers?  Turns out they’re pretty healthy for you anyway, and they’re readily available at the local grocery store.

  • Spinach – Serving Size: 1 cup raw | Calories: 7
  • Carrots – Serving Size: 1 medium raw | Calories: 25
  • Garlic – Serving Size: 3 cloves | Calories: 13
  • Romaine Lettuce – Serving Size: 1 cup (romaine) | Calories: 8
  • Asparagus – Serving Size: 1/2 cup cooked | Calories: 20
  • Grapefruit – Serving Size: 1/2 grapefruit | Calories: 44
  • Celery – Serving Size: 1 medium stalk | Calories: 6
  • Cabbage – Serving Size: 1 cup shredded | Calories: 18
  • Cucumber – Serving Size: 1/2 cup | Calories: 8
  • Strawberries – Serving Size: 1 cup whole | Calories: 46
  • Radishes – Serving Size: 1/2-cup sliced | Calories: 9
  • Onions – Serving Size: 1 medium | Calories: 44

We’re meeting friends at Souper!Salad! for dinner tonight.  Maybe I should try combining all of these into one crazy salad.  In those quantities, it’d only be 240 calories.  Although… I don’t I want to eat a whole medium onion at one sitting.  Hmm…


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