14 Low Calorie Foods You Can Eat Every Day
One of these low calorie foods should make its way onto your plate every day.
Cooked onions contain roughly 44 calories per 100g. They’re also packed with phosphorous, potassium, vitamin b6, and vitamin C (4).
Onions are a part of the same family as chives, garlic, scallions and leeks. As such, it contains powerful compounds such as quercetin and sulfur (5). These compounds come together to give onions chemopreventive properties. In fact, researchers believe their rich organosulfur compounds inhibit tumor growth and mutation and fight free radicals.
Additionally, onions contain folate, which fights depression by controlling homocysteine levels in the body. Homocysteine stall nutrient flow to the brain and interferes with the production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. They hormones affect mood, sleep, and appetite.
Onions add plenty of flavor to sauces, stir-frys, soups, and salads.
At 8 cal per ½ cup of chopped cucumber, the vegetables is as close as you can get to a zero calorie food. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin K and electrolytes (6).
Plus, cucumber contains the anti-inflammatory flavonol fisetin, which protects your brain. Among other things, it protects nerve cells against age-related decline and progressive memory and learning impairments such as with Alzheimer’s disease (7).
Lastly, flavonoids and tannins found in cucumbers fight free radicals and relieve pain.The Journal of Young Pharmacists even writes: “Traditionally, this plant is used for headaches; the seeds are cooling and diuretic, the fruit juice of this plant is used as a nutritive and as a demulcent in anti-acne lotions.” (8)