Is this the answer to our dieting prayers?

When it comes to weight loss, many of us wish we could wave a magic wand to make the calories in our favourite foods disappear? And while there’s not a fairy godmother out there that can turn a moreish slab of chocolate fudge cake into a puff of air, there is something that comes pretty close.

Introducing the magical world of negative calorie foods – yes you heard that right – a whole list of items we can chomp on while still keeping our 2,000 calorie total intact. Sound too good to be true? Well some nutritionists would agree with you, but others swear by the snacks that take more calories to eat than they contain.

Dr Donald Hensrud, from the Mayo Clinic, even argues that they support weight loss. Hooray!

He said: “Foods that contain few calories, such as celery and other non-starchy vegetables, provide a small number of calories but still require energy to digest.

“That means it is theoretically possible to have a negative-calorie food, but there are no reputable scientific studies to prove that certain foods have this effect.

“However, even if non-starchy vegetables are not negative-calorie, they are still low-calorie, and a smart choice to include in a predominantly plant-based diet.”

So no definite answer there, but those keen on giving this group of foods a try should peruse the list below and have their tupperware boxes at the ready.

The 20 food that contain ZERO calories

Apples
Apricots
Beetroot
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Celery
Watercress
Cucumber
Garlic
Grapefruit
Green beans
Kale
Leeks
Lemons
Lettuce
Onions
Raspberries
Strawberries
Swede
Watermelon

But for anyone thinking of going buffet style on the medley of fruit and veg above, Lisa Moskovitz, a food expert, offered these words of warning on Greatist: ““The truth is that while some foods, such as celery stalks which are very low in energy (14 calories per serving), may produce a negative calorie balance, the amount is negligible.

“And there’s also the fact that eating celery all day won’t be doing the body any favours.

“At the end of the day, you’ll likely be left ravenous, desperately seeking the most calorie-filled food around. Did someone say ice cream?”

We kind of see her point, but we still want to be believers. So what do you think of the idea of negative calorie foods? Join the conversation on our Facebook page.

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