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
Watercress
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)
14 kcal
Radishes, white icicle
15 kcal
Cucumber, with peel
15 kcal
Pumpkin flowers
lettuceyellow tomatochinese cabbagecelery
15 kcal
Lettuce, green leaf
15 kcal
Tomatoes, yellow
16 kcal
Cabbage, chinese (pe-tsai)
16 kcal
Celery
red lettucenopalespurslaneradishes
16 kcal
Lettuce, red leaf
16 kcal
Nopales
16 kcal
Purslane
16 kcal
Radishes
orange tomatobalsam pearcardoonchayote
16 kcal
Tomatoes, orange
17 kcal
Balsam-pear (bitter gourd, bitter melon), pods
17 kcal
Cardoon (artichoke thistle, cardone, carduni, cardi)
17 kcal
Chayote, fruit (christophene, vegetable pear, mirliton, pear squash)
chicoryendiveceltuceradishes
17 kcal
Chicory, witloof
17 kcal
Endive
18 kcal
Celtuce (stem lettuce, celery lettuce, asparagus lettuce, Chinese lettuce)
18 kcal
Radishes, oriental
red tomatoswiss chardvine spinachpumpkin leaves
18 kcal
Tomatoes, red, ripe
19 kcal
Chard, swiss (silverbeet, perpetual spinach, spinach beet, crab beet, bright lights)
19 kcal
Vinespinach, (basella, phooi leaf, climbing spinach)
19 kcal
Pumpkin leaves
skunk cabbagetowel gourdlemonsweet pepper
19 kcal
Swamp cabbage, (skunk cabbage, clumpfoot cabbage, foetid pothos, meadow cabbage, polecat weed)
20 kcal
Gourd, dishcloth (towelgourd, loofa, luffa, loufa)
20 kcal
Lemons, with peel
20 kcal
Peppers, sweet, green
boragecornsaladrhubarbbeet greens
21 kcal
Borage (starflower)
21 kcal
Cornsalad
21 kcal
Rhubarb
22 kcal
Beet greens
broccolidockwhite mushroomalfalfa
22 kcal
Broccoli raab
22 kcal
Dock
22 kcal
Mushrooms, white
23 kcal
Alfalfa (lucerne) seeds, sprouted
amaranthchicorycorianderradicchio
23 kcal
Amaranth leaves
23 kcal
Chicory greens
23 kcal
Coriander (cilantro) leaves
23 kcal
Radicchio
spinachgreen tomatocabbagechrysanthemum
23 kcal
Spinach
23 kcal
Tomatoes, green
24 kcal
Cabbage, common
24 kcal
Chrysanthemum leaves
eggplantarugulaasparaguscabbage
24 kcal
Eggplant
25 kcal
Arugula (rocket, roquette, rucola)
25 kcal
Asparagus
25 kcal
Cabbage
cauliflowerjelly earrose appleportabella
25 kcal
Cauliflower
25 kcal
Jew's ear, (jelly ear, pepeao)
25 kcal
Rose-apples (love apple, Royal Apple, bellfruit, mountain apple)
26 kcal
Mushrooms, portabella (white mushroom, table mushroom, champignon mushroom, crimini mushroom)
mustardred sweet pepperpumpkinagar seaweed
26 kcal
Mustard greens
26 kcal
Peppers, sweet, red
26 kcal
Pumpkin
26 kcal
Seaweed, agar
spirulinabamboo shootkohlrabisesbania
26 kcal
Seaweed, spirulina
27 kcal
Bamboo shoots
27 kcal
Kohlrabi (German turnip)
27 kcal
Sesbania flower
savoy cabbagebanana peppersweet yellow pepperbroccoli
27 kcal
Cabbage, savoy
27 kcal
Pepper, banana
27 kcal
Peppers, sweet, yellow
28 kcal
Broccoli, flower clusters
broccoli leavescasabaohelo berriesturnip
28 kcal
Broccoli, leaves
28 kcal
Melons, casaba
28 kcal
Oheloberries
28 kcal
Turnips
cowpeashungarian pepperlemonschives
29 kcal
Cowpeas, leafy tips
29 kcal
Peppers, hungarian
29 kcal
Lemons, without peel
30 kcal
Chives
collradsgrapefruitlimewatermelon
30 kcal
Collards
30 kcal
Grapefruit, pink and red, Florida
30 kcal
Limes
30 kcal
Watermelon
green beanyellow beanred cabbagecarambola
31 kcal
Beans, snap, green
31 kcal
Beans, snap, yellow
31 kcal
Cabbage, red
31 kcal
Carambola, (starfruit)
cauliflowerfennelokraacerola
31 kcal
Cauliflower, green
31 kcal
Fennel, bulb
31 kcal
Okra (lady's fingers, gumbo)
32 kcal
Acerola, (west indian cherry)
garden cressepazotewhite grapefruitonion
32 kcal
Cress, garden (pepper grass, pepperwort)
32 kcal
Epazote (wormseed, Mexican tea, Paico)
32 kcal
Grapefruit, pink and red and white
32 kcal
Onions, sweet
serrano pepperstrawberriestomatilloturnip greens
32 kcal
Pepper, serrano
32 kcal
Strawberries
32 kcal
Tomatillos
32 kcal
Turnip greens
white grapefruitpitangabroccolifiddlehead fern
33 kcal
Grapefruit, white
33 kcal
Pitanga, (Surinam cherry, Cayenne cherry)
34 kcal
Broccoli
34 kcal
Fiddlehead ferns
jutemelongreen onionbaby carrot
34 kcal
Jute, potherb
34 kcal
Melons, cantaloupe
34 kcal
Onions, welsh (green onion, escallion, salad onion)
35 kcal
Carrots, baby
oyster mushroomslaversweet potato leaveshoneydew
35 kcal
Mushroom, oyster (abalone, tree mushroom)
35 kcal
Seaweed, laver
35 kcal
Sweet potato leaves
36 kcal
Melons, honeydew
parsleyrutabagasgrapefruit californiahuckleberries
36 kcal
Parsley
36 kcal
Rutabagas (turnip)
37 kcal
Grapefruit, white, California
37 kcal
Huckleberries (Alaska Native)
horseraddishmaitakepummeloyambean
37 kcal
Horseradish-tree, pods
37 kcal
Mushrooms, Maitake
38 kcal
Pummelo
38 kcal
Yambean (jicama)
papayapeachoniongreen hot chili pepper
39 kcal
Papayas
39 kcal
Peaches
40 kcal
Onions
40 kcal
Peppers, hot chili, green
red hot chili peppercarrotsprickly pearceleriac
40 kcal
Peppers, hot chili, red
41 kcal
Carrots
41 kcal
Prickly pears
42 kcal
Celeriac
kaleasian pearpeastaro leaves
42 kcal
Kale, scotch
42 kcal
Pears, asian
42 kcal
Peas, edible-podded
42 kcal
Taro leaves
beetsblackberriesbrussels sproutlambsquarters
43 kcal
Beets
43 kcal
Blackberries
43 kcal
Brussels sprouts
43 kcal
Lambsquarters (pitseed goosefoot, huauzontle)
mulberryradish seedskelp seaweedgooseberries
43 kcal
Mulberries
43 kcal
Radish seeds, sprouted
43 kcal
Seaweed, kelp
44 kcal
Gooseberries
fireweedenokinectarinesspearmint
44 kcal
Fireweed, young leaves (Great Willow-herb, Rosebay Willowherb)
44 kcal
Mushrooms, enoki
44 kcal
Nectarines
44 kcal
Spearmint, fresh
tahitian tarodandelionpineapplewakame
44 kcal
Taro, tahitian
45 kcal
Dandelion greens
45 kcal
Pineapple, traditional varieties
45 kcal
Seaweed, wakame
cranberrieshyacinth beansflorida orangesplums
46 kcal
Cranberries
46 kcal
Hyacinth-beans, immature seeds (Indian bean, Egyptian bean)
46 kcal
Oranges, Florida
46 kcal
Plums
artichokeclementinelemon peelloquats
47 kcal
Artichokes, (globe or french)
47 kcal
Clementines
47 kcal
Lemon peel
47 kcal
Loquats
orangesyardlong beanapplesapricots
47 kcal
Oranges, all commercial varieties
47 kcal
Yardlong bean (bora, asparagus bean, snake bean)
48 kcal
Apples, without skin
48 kcal
Apricots
pineapplefeijoanavelsroselle
48 kcal
Pineapple, all varieties
49 kcal
Feijoa (pineapple guava, guavasteen)
49 kcal
Oranges, navels
49 kcal
Roselle (rosella)
irishmosssour cherrieskalecloudberries
49 kcal
Seaweed, irishmoss
50 kcal
Cherries, sour, red
50 kcal
Kale (borecole)
51 kcal
Cloudberries (bakeapple, Knotberry, Averin)
mammy applepineappleapplesraspberries
51 kcal
Mammy-apple, (mamey)
51 kcal
Pineapple, extra sweet variety
52 kcal
Apples, with skin
52 kcal
Raspberries
white egggroundcherriestangerinecranberries
52 kcal
Egg, white, fresh
53 kcal
Groundcherries, (cape-gooseberries or poha)
53 kcal
Tangerines, (mandarin oranges)
55 kcal
Cranberries, wild, bush (Alaska Native)
red currantsblueberryquincespear
56 kcal
Currants, red and white
57 kcal
Blueberries
57 kcal
Quinces
58 kcal
Pears
potato skinoysterjava plumlongans
58 kcal
Potatoes, skin
59 kcal
Mollusks, oyster, eastern, farmed
60 kcal
Java-plum, (jambolan, black plum, Damson plum, Duhat plum)
60 kcal
Longans
wild blueberrykiwileeksrhubarb
61 kcal
Blueberries, wild (Alaska Native)
61 kcal
Kiwi fruit (chinese gooseberries), fresh
61 kcal
Leeks, (bulb and lower leaf-portion)
61 kcal
Rhubarb, wild, leaves (Alaska Native)
carissasweet cherriesblack currantsoranges
62 kcal
Carissa (natal-plum)
63 kcal
Cherries, sweet
63 kcal
Currants, european black
63 kcal
Oranges, with peel
horseradish tree tipsarrowrootmangolitchis
64 kcal
Horseradish-tree leafy tips
65 kcal
Arrowroot (araru, ararao)
65 kcal
Mangos
66 kcal
Litchis (lychee)
soursopnavy beansgrapesmountain yam
66 kcal
Soursop
67 kcal
Beans, navy, mature seeds, sprouted
67 kcal
Grapes, american type (slip skin)
67 kcal
Mountain yam, hawaii
agaveguavassea cucumber
68 kcal
Agave (Southwest)
68 kcal
Guavas, common
68 kcal
Mollusks, oyster, eastern, wild
68 kcal
Sea cucumber, yane (Alaska Native)
pomegranateabiyuchgreen grapesguavas strawberries
68 kcal
Pomegranates
69 kcal
Abiyuch (sacred garlic pear, temple plant, barna)
69 kcal
Grapes, red or green (European type)
69 kcal
Guavas, strawberry
white potatoespeppermintpersimmonsred potatoes
69 kcal
Potatoes, white, flesh and skin
70 kcal
Peppermint, fresh
70 kcal
Persimmons, japanese
70 kcal
Potatoes, red, flesh and skin
kumquatsbroadbean seedsburdock rootshallot
71 kcal
Kumquats (Cumquats)
72 kcal
Broadbeans, immature seeds (Fava Bean, Field Bean, Bell Bean)
72 kcal
Burdock root
72 kcal
Shallots
chicory rootelderberryfrog legscherimoya
73 kcal
Chicory roots
73 kcal
Elderberries
73 kcal
Frog legs
74 kcal
Cherimoya
figslotus rootwinged bean leavesparsnip
74 kcal
Figs
74 kcal
Lotus root
74 kcal
Winged bean leaves (Goa bean, Asparagus Pea)
75 kcal
Parsnips
crabapplemonkfishroughy fishjerusalem artichokes
76 kcal
Crabapples
76 kcal
Fish, monkfish (Headfish)
76 kcal
Fish, roughy, orange (Slimehead)
76 kcal
Jerusalem-artichokes
potatopout fishjujubecuttlefish
77 kcal
Potato, flesh and skin
79 kcal
Fish, pout, ocean
79 kcal
Jujube (red date)
79 kcal
Mollusks, cuttlefish, mixed species
russet potatoginger rootpollock fishpacific oyster
79 kcal
Potatoes, russet, flesh and skin
80 kcal
Ginger root
81 kcal
Fish, pollock, walleye
81 kcal
Mollusks, oyster, Pacific
green peasatlantic cod fishpacific cod fishoctopus
81 kcal
Peas, green
82 kcal
Fish, cod, Atlantic
82 kcal
Fish, cod, Pacific
82 kcal
Mollusks, octopus, common
salsifysapodillaalaska kingdolphinfish
82 kcal
Salsify, (vegetable oyster, goatsbeard)
83 kcal
Sapodilla
84 kcal
Crustaceans, crab, alaska king
85 kcal
Fish, dolphinfish
lingcodsweet yellow cornsweet white corndungeness
85 kcal
Fish, lingcod
86 kcal
Corn, sweet, yellow
86 kcal
Corn, sweet, white
86 kcal
Crustaceans, crab, dungeness
musselsweet potatoblue crabcusk fish
86 kcal
Mollusks, mussel, blue
86 kcal
Sweet potato, unprepared
87 kcal
Crustaceans, crab, blue
87 kcal
Fish, cusk
haddockling fishfava beanspike fish
87 kcal
Fish, haddock
87 kcal
Fish, ling
88 kcal
Beans, fava, in pod
88 kcal
Fish, pike, northern
scallopbananapumpkin seedslotus seeds
88 kcal
Mollusks, scallop, mixed species
89 kcal
Bananas
89 kcal
Fish, sunfish, pumpkin seed
89 kcal
Seeds, lotus seeds
cowpeasqueen crabnorthern lobstersburbot
90 kcal
Cowpeas (blackeyes), immature seeds
90 kcal
Crustaceans, crab, queen
90 kcal
Crustaceans, lobster, northern
90 kcal
Fish, burbot
whiting fishsnailflatfishperch
90 kcal
Fish, whiting, mixed species
90 kcal
Mollusks, snail
91 kcal
Fish, flatfish (flounder and sole species)
91 kcal
Fish, perch, mixed species
grouperatlantic pollockwhite suckersquid
92 kcal
Fish, grouper, mixed species
92 kcal
Fish, pollock, Atlantic
92 kcal
Fish, sucker, white
92 kcal
Mollusks, squid, mixed species
pike walleyegrape leavesocean perchpacific rockfish
93 kcal
Fish, pike, walleye
93 kcal
Grape leaves
94 kcal
Fish, ocean perch, Atlantic
94 kcal
Fish, rockfish, Pacific, mixed species
jackfruitsugar applecatfisheuropean turbot
94 kcal
Jackfruit
94 kcal
Sugar-apples, (sweetsop)
95 kcal
Fish, catfish, channel, wild
95 kcal
Fish, turbot, european
tilapiatilefishatlantic wallfishbass
96 kcal
Fish, tilapia
96 kcal
Fish, tilefish
96 kcal
Fish, wolffish, Atlantic
97 kcal
Fish, bass, striped
sea basssmeltorange peelpassion fruit
97 kcal
Fish, sea bass, mixed species
97 kcal
Fish, smelt, rainbow
97 kcal
Orange peel
97 kcal
Passion-fruit, (granadilla), purple
waterchestnutcisco fishyautiaarrowhead
97 kcal
Waterchestnuts, chinese, (matai)
98 kcal
Fish, cisco
98 kcal
Yautia (tannier, malanga, otoy, macabo, taioba, dasheen)
99 kcal
Arrowhead
lemon grass
99 kcal
Lemon grass (citronella, fever grass, tanglad)



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