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
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
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