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13 Diet Foods Worth Buying

Low-calorie foods that really do taste good.

10. Low Calorie G2 Electrolyte Beverage (by Gatorade), Fruit Punch flavor

Looking for a great-tasting sports drink that has all the electrolytes and nutrients but half the calories? The search is over with the Fruit Punch flavor of the G2 beverages. It is a pleasure to drink, with not too much sweetness but just enough flavor to satisfy.

Calorie Savings: By buying this instead of regular Gatorade, you save 50 calories and 14 grams of carbohydrate per 16-ounce serving.

An 8-oz. serving has 25 calories, 0 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 110 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 0%.

Main Ingredients: Water, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose syrup, citric acid, natural and artificial flavor.

11. Coca-Cola Zero (regular or cherry flavor)

Coca-Cola Zero tastes a lot like regular Coke, which might appeal to someone who has been having difficulty giving up regular soda. This diet soda, sweetened with aspartame and acesulfame potassium, has a good chance of passing muster with even the most discerning soda fan.

Calorie Savings: By choosing this instead of regular soda, you save 150 calories and 42 grams of carbohydrate per 12-ounce serving.

A 12-oz. serving has 0 calories, 0 g protein, 0 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 40 mg sodium. 

Main Ingredients: water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, aspartame, and potassium benzoate.

12. Smucker’s Low Sugar Strawberry Preserves

These reduced-sugar preserves with no artificial sweetener taste a lot like homemade strawberry preserves. There are pleasant chunks of strawberries and a wonderful deep red color and strawberry fragrance. The texture is more watery than regular jam, but the natural strawberry flavor really comes through. Regular jam has double the calories and sugar.

Calorie Savings: By buying this instead of regular jam, you save 25 calories and 7 grams of carbohydrate per tablespoon.

One tablespoon has 25 calories, 0 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 0 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 0%.

Main Ingredients: strawberries, sugars, water, fruit pectin, citric acid.

13. Morning Star Farms Sausage Links

I find these the best-tasting veggie sausage links, hands-down. Some might actually prefer the lean texture to the greasy texture of pork sausage, and the links look appetizing when they are pan-fried with some canola cooking spray.

Calorie Savings: By eating these instead of pork sausage links, you save 105 calories, 15 grams of fat, 5.5 grams saturated fat and 35 mg cholesterol per two-link serving.

Two links (45 grams) have 80 calories, 9 g protein, 3 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 300 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 34%.

Main Ingredients: Textured vegetable protein, egg whites, corn oil, salt, sodium caseinate.

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for WebMD and the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.


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