Root Vegetables, Minimal Calorie Foods
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Low Fat, Low Calorie Food Choices
Looking for foods that are minimal in caloric and dietary fat content? You'd be hard-pressed to find foods that can compare to the low calorie, low fat values of raw vegetables. Even those that are commonly considered to be high in calories aren't really that extreme; a small ear of corn contains only 80 while a small potato, 120.
This is a stop, look and listen moment; it's like we have suddenly arrived at a railroad crossing and the lights are flashing - and trying to imbed something into our little brains.
What would that 'something' be? The examples above clearly show that it's not the vegetable that runs-up the Fat Meter, rather the things that we add to the vegetables.
That ear of corn skyrockets to 200 calories quite easily after butter or full-blown margarine gets dumped on top, along with the salt shaker. That innocent potato goes through the same treatment in addition to being showered with bacon, sour cream and at times, ranch dressing of the full-blown variety.
On that note, let's take a look at different types of vegetables that we can insert onto our healthy meal plates when losing weight.
One of the fabulous elements about this food group is that many of its members come in different varieties. We have squash - and so many different varieties within this family. We have greens as well as root vegetables. So many lovely colors, flavors and textures to choose from - earthy to sweet to rustic.
Let's review the nutrition data for other popular foods within this healthy group that should fit quite well into any weight loss plan. The data is based on 1/2 cup of raw food unless otherwise noted.
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