Lowest Calorie Foods

It's quite obvious, that to lose weight or to keep it low you should eat in moderation and choose low calorie foods. But what foods are really low in calories? To help you get an idea of what you could use to vary your selection of low calorie foods and eat generally more healthy products we compiled the following chart.

We took the well known, extensive and authoritative USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference and selected the raw foods with calorie count ranging from 0 kcal to 99 kcal per 100g. As expected, the selection consisted mostly of vegetables, fruits, berries, some shellfish and fish. The unexpected was the number of different foods under 100 calories - almost 300 of them. There was also one important conclusion: plain water is the only truly zero calorie food. Everything else contains some energy, though it might be very low, it still is more than zero.

Then we added pictures of all the foods because some of them we didn't know before and came up with the following chart of the lowest possible calorie foods. Most of them are edible raw but some require cooking. Remember, cooked food is usually more calorie dense.

We hope you will find this selection useful and interesting!

watertaro shootswatercresscucumber
0 kcal
Water, tap, drinking
11 kcal
Taro shoots
11 kcal
12 kcal
Cucumber, peeled
chinese cabbagelettucewaxgourdbutterbur
13 kcal
Cabbage, chinese (pak-choi)
13 kcal
Lettuce, butterhead
13 kcal
Waxgourd, (ash gourd, winter melon, fuzzy melon, green pumpkin)
14 kcal
Butterbur, (fuki, bog rhubarb, giant butterbur)
gourdwhite radishescucumberpumpkin flower
14 kcal
Gourd, white-flowered (calabash, bottle gourd, opo squash, long melon)