8 Zero Calorie Foods and Their Benefits


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8 Zero Calorie Foods and Their Benefits

Zero calorie foods… sounds great, doesn’t it?  In truth, most of these foods do have a few calories, but they are so few that you will usually burn those calories just through the digestion process.

Even better is these zero calorie foods are high in nutrients.  So, you get the benefits of zero calories (or almost zero calories) AND you’ll be eating food that is full of nutrients that promote good health.  That’s a win-win for me!

Here’s a list of 8 zero calorie foods that you’ll want to make sure to include in your diet today!

OrangesOranges are recognized for being rich in Vitamin C.  This means that you are protecting your body again immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease and even wrinkles when you eat oranges on a regular basis.

Fresh spinach

Spinach contains just about every important vitamin that your body needs.  It is believed that a diet rich in dark, leafy vegetables will prevent cancer, heart disease and even osteoporosis.

Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin C and folate to boost your immune system and it can reduce the risk of cancer.  Although it is best for us when eaten raw, it still is quite nutritious when lightly steamed or stir-fried.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms increase the production of antiviral and proteins that are released by cells when trying to protect and repair the body’s tissues.  In addition, mushrooms help the body to metabolize fats and proteins because they are packed with Vitamin B2 and B3 (riboflavin and niacin).

Watermelons

Watermelons.  This summertime favorite is probably one of the sweetest zero calorie foods, but is still incredibly low in calories.  Watermelons help to boost your metabolism and contains antioxidants that reduce wrinkles and preserve the texture of the skin, cancer, cataracts and more.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit are most known for increasing the body’s metabolism.  But, it also helps to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Kale

Kale is just packed full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals! These, working together, will help to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and bone health.  As if that wasn’t enough, kale also helps in the digestion process and is rich in Vitamin A to promote healthy skin and hair.

Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers.  Like Broccoli, bell peppers contain a high amount of Vitamin C and beta-carotene to boost your immune system (the highest concentration of Vitamin C will be in a red bell pepper).  The capsiac found in bell peppers reduces “bad” cholesterol, controls diabetes, and brings relief from pain and reduces inflammation.  Bell Peppers also contain Vitamin E which keeps skin and hair looking youthful.

What is your favorite zero calorie food?

~ Melanie