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List of Foods With No Calories

author image Rebecca Slayton
Rebecca Slayton is a Registered Dietitian and has worked in the nutrition field since 2006. Slayton received the 2005 Betty Feezor Scholarship Award for her studies. She holds a Master of Science in food and nutrition from East Carolina University.
List of Foods With No Calories
A "calorie-free" food must have 5 calories or less per serving. Photo Credit Vassiliy Vassilenko/iStock/Getty Images

A "calorie-free" food is any food that contains less than 5 calories per serving, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The serving size must be what is customarily consumed. Foods meeting this criterion may use "free of calories," "no calories," "calorie-free," "zero calories," "trivial source of calories," "without calories," "dietarily insignificant source of calories" or "negligible source of calories" on the food label.


List of Foods With No Calories
Most vegetables are naturally low in calories. Photo Credit NikhilLimaye/iStock/Getty Images

Most vegetables are naturally low in calories and packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals. When consumed raw, without added sauces or ingredients, some have 5 calories or less per serving. Examples include 1/2 cup of alfalfa sprouts, 1/4 cup of chopped celery, 3/4 cup of butterhead lettuce, 1/2 cup of iceberg lettuce, 1/4 cup of mushrooms, 1/4 cup of sweet green peppers or 3/4 cup of spinach.


List of Foods With No Calories
Sugar-free products are usually lower in calories. Photo Credit Jill Chen/iStock/Getty Images

Several foods using sugar substitutes are now lower in calories; some even have no calories. Treats containing less than 5 calories include sugar-free, fat-free chocolate syrup; sugar-free ice pops; sugar-free candy; sugar-free gelatin; sugar-free pancake syrup; and sugar-free jelly. Not all sugar-free products are low in calories, so check the nutrition label.

Condiments, Spices and Flavorings

List of Foods With No Calories
Some condiments can be considered calorie free. Photo Credit gbh007/iStock/Getty Images

Some condiments only have a few calories per serving and fall under the calorie-free labeling according to the FDA. For example, a teaspoon or packet of mustard only contains 3 calories. One teaspoon of basil, 1 teaspoon of bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of allspice, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, 1 tablespoon of dried parsley, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and some fat-free salad dressings all count as calorie-free.


List of Foods With No Calories
Water is an obvious choice when looking for a calorie free beverage. Photo Credit tycoon751/iStock/Getty Images

Several beverages are calorie-free, water being one of them. Popular sports drinks, sodas and flavored waters now have sugar-free or diet choices. These drinks do not have the added calories from sugar but rather use a sugar substitute to make them sweet in taste. The label will identify if these drink options are calorie-free, and the nutrition label should state zero calories per serving. Coffee and tea are other calorie-free beverages. Take into consideration when you add cream or sugar, you are adding calories, and it is no longer a calorie-free beverage.

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