Negative Calories?


Q: Are there any negative-calorie foods? I heard that you can eat endless amounts of carrots and celery because it takes more calories to eat them than they contain. Is this true? Are there other foods like these?

A: The phrase “negative-calorie food” has been coined recently to refer to foods that use up more calories in digestion than they provide. All foods have calories, but some have very few. Carrots and celery certainly do have very few calories, as do lettuce, cucumbers, and other green vegetables. What these foods can help do is fill your stomach and relieve some hunger pangs while you are on a weight-loss diet. I would not focus a lot of attention on whether foods are “negative-calorie foods,” however. The point is that if you limit your intake only to these foods, you could become malnourished. You need to eat protein, carbohydrates, and fat to survive. Still, eating lots of raw vegetables can fill you up because they are relatively high in volume and fiber and low in calories. In summary, while they have a role to play in a weight-loss diet, they shouldn’t be the central focus of such a diet.



September 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips.

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