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A Guide to Choosing Foods With Fewer Calories

If you watch your weight, you know that you should measure not the amount of food you eat but its caloric value. A calorie is a unit of energy. Different kinds of foods have different caloric values. And if you want to lose weight, you can start eating foods that have a low caloric value and won’t harm your body.

5-Minute Crafts has collected a list of the most popular low-calory foods you can easily buy without going broke.

This list describes the caloric value in 100 grams.

  • Iceberg lettuce — 14 kcals. It’s rich in A and K vitamins, and also folic acid.
  • Celery — 14 kcals. It contains calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.
  • Cucumber — 15 kcals. It has lots of vitamin K.
  • Radish — 16 kcals. It contains lots of potassium, vitamin C, and folic acid.
  • Miso broth — 16 kcals. Additional veggies and tofu give it extra protein for a meal with many healthy elements.
  • Tomatoes — 20 kcals. They’re a great source of lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and vitamin K.
  • Asparagus — 20 kcals. They’re good for you due to vitamins К, А, and Е, and they’re rich in iron.
  • Zucchini — 21 kcals. It has potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.
  • Cauliflower — 25 kcals. It’s a great source of vitamin C
  • Spinach — 28 kcals. It’s rich in iron, manganese, and vitamins A, C, and B6.
  • Pepper — 29 kcals. All kinds of peppers have vitamins C and B6.
  • Watermelon — 30 kcals. It’s rich in vitamins A, C, and B6.
  • Strawberry — 32 kcals. These berries contain a lot of manganese, vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.
  • Broccoli — 34 kcals. Broccoli is a great source of fiber, and it contains lots of vitamins and minerals, including A, C, E, K, and B.
  • Onion — 40 kcals. This is a good source of vitamins, especially C and B6.
  • Carrots — 41 kcals. They contain vitamins C, K, and B.
  • Grapefruit — 42 kcals. It’s a useful fruit with a lot of vitamin C.
  • Apricot — 48 kcals. It contins vitamins C, E, K, and B.
  • Potatoes — 58 kcals. They’re rich in potassium and vitamin C.
  • Granny Smith apples — 59 kcal. They contain a lot of vitamin C and fiber that are good for your digestive system.
  • Mustard — 61 kcals. There are just 9 kcals in 1 tbsp.
  • Cherry — 63 kcals. Cherries contain vitamins A and C and a lot of potassium.
  • Black coffee — 1 kcal. It’s more if you add milk.
  • Black tea — 1 kcal. Don’t forget that tea contains caffeine.

Bonus: a telling comparison

If you want to lower your calorie intake, know it’s not necessary to cut out your favorite foods and swap tasty fried chicken and fries for green salads and plain whole-wheat cereal. Just changing the way you prepare foods can make a difference.

For example, many believe a salad is always healthier than a burger or fried chicken. But if you consider dressing and toppings, a lot of the time, salads can be high in calories and filled with fat. Instead of a heavy salad, you can try making tasty fried potato wedges and a grilled chicken sandwich. The sandwich will be healthier, and since it’s still delicious, you may not even feel like you’re trying to cut down on calories.

Please note: This article was updated in June 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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