Caloric value of vegetables – Dr. Maya Roseman answers

Is it possible to eat vegetables freely in a diet, without counting calories? Dr. Maya Roseman addressed the question on her show on 103FM and answered: “To say that vegetables are ‘free’ is a mistake.”

In any process of weight loss, the dietitians will advise us to include both carbohydrates and proteins in the menu, but most of all – vegetables. The question is, is it possible to consume them without doing the math?

Do we have to calculate the caloric value of the vegetables? (Photo: Nadine Primeau, Unsplash)

“Vegetables have a certain caloric value that is very low, but if you eat a large amount, then yes, it is necessary to calculate. If you eat one tomato, there is no need to count it, but if I eat a kilo of cherry tomatoes? I’m not sure how many of the calories are digested or absorbed, but this It’s a mistake to ignore,” said Dr. Roseman.

She added: “Five carrots, each of which has 30 calories – to count or not? Or a whole pan of vegetables in the oven, cauliflower florets, eggplant circles, whole peppers or zucchini, you should count the calories and not ignore them. A huge amount of vegetables can reach 100 calories, which is equivalent to a few spoonfuls of rice after cooking, which do not contribute to anyone’s satiety.”

It is useful to calculate the caloric value of vegetables in the oven (photo: Teka Studio)It is useful to calculate the caloric value of vegetables in the oven (photo: Teka Studio)

In conclusion, zero calories is not, but if it is a small amount, Roseman claimed that the caloric value is very low and you don’t have to count those vegetables. But if it is a larger amount – we must take into account that it is a higher number of calories that must be calculated.


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