At 32 calories a cup, asparagus is deliciously low-calorie. It even contains selenium, a highly-sought after mineral (45).
Asparagus contains asparagine, an amino acid with diuretic properties. It contributes towards asparagus’ ability to treat urinary tract infections as well as kidney and bladder problems. Other uses for asparagus include treating joint pain (rheumatism), hormone imbalances in women, dryness in the lungs and throat, constipation, nerve pain (neuritis), AIDS, cancer, and diseases caused by parasites (46).
At 46 calories a cup, watermelon is a great diet snack. The fruit, related to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash, contains lycopene. This heart-healthy carotenoid antioxidant is typically found associated with tomatoes (47).
Watermelon has plenty of uses, from preventing post-exercise muscle soreness to preventing stroke, protecting against ovarian cancer and reducing brain tumor growth and suppressing cancerous breast growths (48,49,50,51).
By increasing your intake of these low calorie foods, you won’t have to compromise satiety and satisfaction during your diet. Eat up!