These fruits are not just packed with nutrients, they contain the lowest in calories, too.
Based on 100 gram serving:
Rhubarb – 21 calories
Rhubarbs are typically made into jams, juices and as a pie, tart and crumble filling. The simplest way they are prepared is to boil the stems and then dipped in sugar. Rhubarb is rich in calcium, potassium and fiber, and is packed with the highest water content among fruits. It is also among the fruits with highest lutein and zeaxanthin content, two of the carotenoids known to promote good eyesight.
Rose-apples – 25 calories
One fun way to replenish or supply your body with water on a hot summer day is to pig out on rose-apples (also known as wax apples, love apples, and java apples). These light pink to red colored-fruits are crunchy and can provide an additional supply of vitamins A and C and potassium. Some people enjoy eating them with a little salt.
Casaba melons – 28 calories
Casaba melon is one of those melon varieties you probably aren’t so familiar with. It’s probably because it’s not as flavorful as the other more colorful melons. It also does not have an aroma. Casaba melon is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium and every 100 grams has only 28 calories.
Ohelo berries – 28 calories
If it’s the first time you have heard of ohelo berries it’s probably because it is mostly commonly found at high elevations on the islands of Maui and Hawaii. They range in color from bright red to yellow and orange. This cranberry relative can be slightly tart to deliciously sweet. They are high in water and low in calories.
Limes – 30 calories
In addition to their low calorie content, limes are also high in vitamin C. They add flavor to foods and beverages and is a very common ingredient in Mexican, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.
Watermelon – 30 calories
Subtly crunchy and refreshingly sweet with almost zero calories, that’s watermelon. Watermelon is an ally for a healthy body through its rich supply of vitamins and minerals especially lycopene, the carotenoid which studies have shown helps prevent heart disease and various types of cancer.
Carambola (starfruit) – 31 calories
The carambola, also known as starfruit is another crunchy and juicy fruit. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of fiber. People with kidney problems, gout, osteoporosis and arthritis are advised to avoid eating this fruit due to its oxalic acid, a compound which can be harmful for them. Parsley, spinach, beets, chocolates and beans also contains oxalic acid.
Acerola (west indian cherry) – 32 calories
Do your gums easily bleed? Do your wounds heal poorly? If your answer is “yes” to both questions then you are most probably deficient in vitamin C. Look for acerola, the fruit with the highest vitamin C among fruits and veggies. Acerola is also big in water and vitamin A.
Grapefruit – 32 calories
Grapefruit is a subtropical citrus fruit brimming with nutrients and phytochemicals. One small fruit can already supply over 100% of the daily value of vitamin C and almost half of the DV of vitamin A. Studies reveal that it helps reduce cholesterol.
Strawberries – 32 calories
Another high water and low calorie fruit is the strawberry. This heart-shaped berry is considered as one of the most nutritious fruits. It is rich in fiber, folate and manganese, a mineral that helps calcium keeps bones strong and healthy.
Other low calorie fruits include:
- Pitanga (Surinam cherry) – 33 calories
- Cantaloupe – 34 calories
- Honeydew melon – 36 calories
- Pomelo – 38 calories
- Papayas – 39 calories
* Nutrient data source: USDA
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