10 food items you can eat as much of as you want
Wouldn't it be great if we could indulge in all the great-tasting food we like without piling on the pounds? Whenever we do treat ourselves though, stepping onto the scales afterwards can be an extremely frustrating experience. But it doesn't have to be that way — if you choose the right foods, you can actually eat as much as you like without having to worry about gaining weight. Interested? Read on...
Here are 10 food items that won't make you fat...
A common ingredient in Mediterranean cooking, the tomato is the second most popular vegetable in the United States. There's good reason too, as tomatoes taste good and are healthy. With each tomato containing approximately nine calories, the vegetable is perfect for people who want to lose weight. Tomatoes contain a lot of the phytochemical lycopene, which gives them their classic red color. According to a number of studies, lycopene reduces the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases, strokes, and even cancer. Particularly high levels of lycopene are found in cooked tomatoes, tomato paste, and canned tomatoes.
If you're looking to lose weight, you should certainly include cucumber on your grocery list. One cup of peeled cucumber contains only 16 calories, making it one of the least calorific foods out there. It's no surprise too when you consider that cucumbers are 95% water. Cucumber peel also contains high amounts of vitamins B, E and C as well as iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, calcium, and magnesium. With the above in mind, it's certainly worth adding this healthy superfood to your next salad.
As its name suggests, this fruit is primarily made up of water. One cup of diced watermelon contains only 46 calories, mainly due to its 95% water content. That's certainly a good reason to include it in your diet plan. Watermelon is also rich in vitamins A and C as well as iron. On hot days, watermelon is the perfect low-calorie refreshment.
The average American eats around nine pounds of carrots a year. The orange-colored vegetable makes a healthy, diet-friendly snack, as one cup contains only 52 calories. Carrots are also packed full of iron, potassium, calcium, and vitamin A — even eating a medium-sized carrot is enough to cover the amount of vitamin A you need in a day. A study in the United Kingdom has also shown that the falcarinol contained in carrots can help prevent some cancers.
"Spinach makes you strong like Popeye." But is that really true? In actual fact, spinach contains a lot less iron than many people think — only 0.8 mg per cup. That said, spinach is a great low-calorie option for dieters, as only seven calories are contained in one cup. The super veg is also abundant in minerals and vitamins such as folic acid, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Since spinach is rich in oxalic acid which reacts with calcium, eating too much of the green stuff can lead to kidney stones and problems with your bones. It's therefore advised to eat spinach with a low-fat dairy product.
Whether it's a smoothie, ice cream or fruit salad, strawberries are a really tasty treat. You'll be pleased to hear you don't need to feel guilty about eating the delicious red fruit, as one cup contains only 46 calories. In addition, there is more vitamin C in strawberries than in oranges. The fruit is also rich in folic acid, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
When it comes to healthy food, the raspberry is a true multi-talent. As well as being rich in vitamins A, B, and C, these tasty berries contain various anti-inflammatory flavonoids and anti-oxidants. Raspberries are also known to boost your immune system and can even help prevent cancer. In addition, raspberries can be particularly beneficial for women, as they have a constricting effect on the uterus and stimulate the production of oestrogen. This can help with mood swings, menstrual discomfort, and many premenstrual complaints. When prepared as a tea, raspberry leaves can also help with pain related to giving birth. Ideal for dieters, one cup of raspberries only contains 64 calories.
8. Shirataki noodles
In Japan, shirataki noodles have been used in soups and stews for many years. They are primarily composed of glucomannan (the fiber in the konjac yam) and plenty of water. Due to their high fiber content, these special noodles are great for giving you a long-lasting feeling of fullness. Eating shirataki noodles can also result in your insulin levels increasing and falling more slowly, meaning you're less likely to have a sudden attack of the munchies. In addition, the water-soluble dietary fibers contained in the noodles have a prebiotic effect, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut. Extremely low in calories, you can eat as many as these noodles as you like without a guilty conscience.
9. Sugar-free jello
We all get a really strong craving for something sweet from time to time. If you want a diet-friendly solution, it's best to opt for a packet of jello containing stevia, xylitol or erythritol as substitute for the sugar. There's no need to feel guilty, as one cup of sugar-free jello contains only 20 calories. The only problem with jello is that it can take quite a while to prepare; if you get a real urge for something sweet, you may not feel like boiling it up and leaving it in the fridge for several hours beforehand.
This fruit has a wonderful taste and is one of the least calorific fruits out there — containing only 60 calories per cup. As well as being rich in vitamins A, B, and C, peaches contain high amounts of calcium, iron, and potassium. Thanks to their sweet taste, they make a great alternative to candy.
As you can see, there are many foods you can eat in large quantities without worrying about putting on the weight. But that's not all — other low-calorie foods include lettuce, radishes, zucchini, broccoli, peppers, rhubarb, papaya, nectarines, and blackberries. When eating fruit, just be careful not to exceed 80 grams of fructose per day though. Otherwise, you could suffer from circulation issues and digestive problems.