The Truth about Negative Calorie Foods


If you’re anything like me, you spend lots of time surfing the Internet, mainly looking at health blogs, health articles, healthy things on Pinterest, liking health pages on Facebook, stuff like that. Lately, I’ve been coming across tons of pins and lists online claiming certain foods are negative calories. I’m sure you’ve seen these lists.

They all have a bunch of fruits and vegetables that supposedly take more calories to chew and digest than they provide you. But can this really be true? Are you telling me that if I only eat foods off this list, I’ll lose weight like crazy but still be able to eat constantly?

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. After doing some research today, I found that this idea of negative calorie foods is totally wrong. Technically, these foods might be low enough in calories that it will take your body more calories to chew and digest them than you will get from eating them. However, when nutritionists estimate how many calories we should consume, they already account for how many calories our bodies burn while chewing and digesting food.

So, when people follow a negative calorie diet, they are basically subtracting those calories twice. I’m not saying to stop eating the foods on the negative calorie list; they’re all very clean and healthy for you! All I’m saying is, you can’t burn off that slice of pizza by chomping on 200 carrot sticks. These foods will only be beneficial if you eat them in place of unhealthy foods.

Now that you know the truth, you can make wise eating choices. Knowledge is power, people! Learning about health and nutrition is one of my favorite hobbies, and we can all help each other expand our minds by sharing what we read and discover.

What interesting health information have you discovered? Share it with me in the comments!


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