Myth or Truth: Zero Calories Food Debunked!
Are you are still revelling from the horrors of our craziest diet plans?
Fret no more!
Today, we tell you about the phenomenon of zero calories food to lend a helping hand in your diet plans.
First and foremost, let’s get the cold hard truth out of the way. Sorry to burst your bubble, but zero calories food just doesn’t exist. In fact, the whole buzz regarding zero calories food came about due to a loophole in the US governmental laws. That loophole now enables food manufacturers to advertise their product as zero calories if it contains less than five calories per serving.
In addition, the myth of zero calories was further fuelled by the notion that you can burn off calories as you chew and digest certain fibre rich food. While this belief does hold some truth, nutrition experts believe that you will have to consume an insane amount for it to be effective.
Typically, experts believe that a person burns only 10% of their intake calories through chewing and digestion. And even then, that figure varies from person to person depending on factors such as metabolism rate, age, weight, fitness level and diet.
It is also important to note that a healthy diet should comprise of 1,200 calories daily so as to provide enough vitamin, minerals and nutrients for your well-being. Having little or no calories daily can be detrimental to your health, making you more prone to illness!
So, where does that leaves you? Well, if you take a closer look at most of the recommended zero calories food; you will find that most of them generally fall under the family of fruits and vegetables. They are usually high in fibre and contain very few calories! They are also rich in nutritional value and serve as good bulking out food to starve off the hunger pangs.
So what are these ‘zero calories food’ that you should incorporate into your diet?
We decided to come up with our own list of low calories food. The SAFRA Lowest Calories Showdown!
SAFRA Lowest Calories Showdown!
5. Zero Noodles
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Coming in last at eight calories per 200g serving, we have Zero noodles! Also known as shirataki or ‘whitefall’ noodles, this Japanese noodle staple is made of glucomannan flour. It is commonly used in weight loss diets and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Furthermore, a 2008 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, it was found that glucomannan fibre can lower your body’s bad LDL cholesterol.
Heralding from the konjac plant, the zero noodles have been described as rather flavourless. But, that is something that is easily remedied by adding our next food item.
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In fourth place packed with only six calories per 120g serving, is the one and only kelp. This sea vegetable is rich in vitamin K and fosters strong bones. According to research finding from Newcastle University, kelp also contains alginate natural fibre that helps block fat absorption. Hence, they are a great tag team when paired with Zero noodles!
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Also coming in at just 6 calories per stalk, the celery is tied with kelp in our SAFRA Lowest Calories Showdown! It packs a heavy punch with nutrients such as dietary fibre, folate, potassium, vitamin K and A. In addition, celery helps lower blood pressure and increase blood flow due to its phthalides compound.
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You might not like them, but leafy greens are heavy hitters in the low calories department. Weighing in at a mere four calories per serving, watercress provides vitamin A, C and K. To top it all off, the American Journal Clinical Nutrition found that consuming a single serving of watercress daily will increase your body’s cancer-fighting antioxidants, lutein and betacarotene.
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And, the winner of our SAFRA Lowest Calories Showdown is zero calories water. Ok, so it is not technically a food. But, it is the closest you can get to an actually zero calories food. Most nutrition experts will recommend that you should have eight glasses of water daily as part of a healthy diet.
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If you are bored of water, you can always try drinking unsweetened green tea as it is also calories free. In fact, green tea is high in ECGC antioxidant which reduces risk of heart disease and stroke. A Tuft University study noted that green tea also improves your body’s metabolism rate as three cups of green tea daily is likely to help you burn off twice as much than those who don’t.
Are you itching to try some of these low calories food?
Then, head on down to your nearest organic produce grocer or supermarket now!