I might be the last person on the planet to hear about this negative calorie idea. I saw a graphic on Pinterest and researched it further because it sounded too good to be true.
I always heard that it takes more calories to digest celery than it actually contains but I was not aware of other foods in the same category.
A “negative calorie” food is one that is said to burn more calories in digestion than it contains. Theoretically, if you only eat “negative calorie” foods, you will lose weight. In truth, according to the Mayo Clinic, science does not currently support the notion that negative calories exist.* While not necessarily negative in calories, the above foods can certainly aid in weight loss as part of a healthy diet and an exercise regimen.
Before we begin snacking on dandelions from the backyard, let’s consider how we prepare these foods. Broccoli smothered in cheese and butter, strawberries dipped in whipped cream and green beans drenched in oil will hardly provide a negative calorie effect.
I wish I could tell you that eating a handful of raspberries will negate the calories from an ice cream cone. One can dream.
Maybe you have seen the negative calorie list before and use it to make your grocery list. I encourage you to branch out beyond the produce on this list, shop seasonally and don’t forget to include meat, beans or quinoa for protein. There is so much variety this time of year, stock up on your favorites and incorporate them into every meal.
Here is a list of produce from the “negative calorie” list that is in-season now: