Fat Burning Foods: Potent Foods-3
Fiber-rich figs are low in calories at 37 per medium (2.25” diameter) raw fig and 48
per dried fig. A recent study by the USDA demonstrated that they contribute to a
feeling of fullness and prevent overeating. Subjects actually complained of being
asked to eat too much food when fed a diet containing more figs than a similar diet
with an identical number of calories.
Serve them with other fruits and cheeses. Or poach them in fruit juice and serve
them warm or cold. You can stuff them with mild white cheese or puree them to use
as a filling for cookies and low-calorie pastries.
The health benefits of fish are greater than experts imagined – and they’ve always
considered it a health food. The calorie count in the average four-ounce serving of a
deep-sea fish runs from a low of 90 calories in abalone to a high of 236 in herring.
Water-packed tuna, for example, has 154 calories. It’s hard to gain weight eating
As far back as 1985, articles in the New England Journal of Medicine showed a clear
link between eating fish regularly and lower rates of heart disease. The reason is that
oils in fish thin the blood, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Dr. Joel Kremer, at Albany Medical College in New York, discovered that daily
supplements of fish oil brought dramatic relief to the inflammation and stiff joints of
We’re talking collard, chicory, beet, kale, mustard, Swiss chard and turnip greens.
They all belong to the same family as spinach, and that’s one of the super-stars. No
matter how hard you try, you can’t load a cup of plain cooked greens with any more
than 50 calories. They’re full of fiber, loaded with vitamins A and C, and free of fat.
You can use them in salads, soups, casseroles or any dish where you would
normally use spinach.
This New Zealand native is a sweet treat at only 46 calories per fruit. Chinese public
health officials praise the tasty fruit for its high vitamin C content and potassium. It
stores easily in the refrigerator for up to a month. Most people like it peeled, but the
fuzzy skin is also edible.
These members of the onion family look like giant scallions, and are every bit as
healthful and flavorful as their better-known cousins. They come as close to calorie free
as it gets at a mere 32 calories per cooked cup.
People think lettuce is nutritionally worthless, but nothing could be farther from the
truth. You can’t leave it out of your weight-loss plans, not at 10 calories per cup of
raw romaine. It provides a lot of filling bulk for so few calories. And it’s full of vitamin
C, too. Go beyond iceberg lettuce with Boston, bibb and cos varieties or try
watercress, arugula, radicchio, dandelion greens, purslane and even parsley to liven
up your salads.
Now, here’s great taste and great nutrition in a low-calorie package! One cup of
cantaloupe balls has 62 calories, on cup of casaba balls has 44 calories, one cup of
honeydew balls has 62 calories and one cup of watermelon balls has 49 calories.
They have some of the highest fiber content of any food and are delicious. Throw in
handsome quantities of vitamins A and C plus a whopping 547 mgs of potassium in
that cup of cantaloupe, and you have a fat-burning health food beyond compare.
A cup of oatmeal or oat bran has only 110 calories. And oats help you lose weight.
Subjects in Dr. James Anderson’s landmark 12-year study at the University of
Kentucky lost three pounds in two months simply by adding 100 grams (3.5 ounces)
of oat bran to their daily food intake and nothing else. Just don’t expect oats alone to
perform miracles – you have to eat a balanced diet for total health.