Negative Calorie Foods

6 Dec

Let us clear this up.


Negative calorie food is in itself a misnomer. Hence the reason so many people are doubtful of its existence. So let’s clear this up. There is no such thing as a negative calorie food; however it is possible for a food to have a negative calorie count. How you ask?…..

The idea is simple once you break it down. This is a case of a deficit. For example, plain water has zero calories right? But if you load it up with ice or leave it in your freezer and it gets cold, the body has to do extra work to raise the temperature and make the water usable in the body. This work involves the burning of calories. We started with zero calories, and let’s say the body uses six calories to raise the temperature of one glass of water.  This means more technically that you burned six calories, and the ice water would have had a calorie content of -6. Hence the term negative calorie food.


Got it? Now that we are clear on this point, let us take a closer look at popular negative calorie foods so you can stock up for the holidays to avoid that inevitable holiday weight gain. If you like fruits and berries, try apples, cranberries, cherries, blackberries, blueberries or cantaloupe. If you are more of a veggie lover, try incorporating more string beans, spinach, squash and cucumbers into your meals.


Remember, these foods do not have zero calories, or negative calories per say, but the calories needed to digest them are more than the calories they contain, resulting in a deficit. So enjoy some fruits and veggies this holiday with no guilt!

For a more definitive list of negative calorie foods, simply Google ‘List of negative calorie foods’ and I am sure you will find something to tickle your taste buds.


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