They are the foods most people would shun when hunger pangs strike, reaching for crisps, chocolate or biscuits instead.
But for those wanting to lose weight – or lead a healthier lifestyle – there are certain foods that simply while eating burns more calories than they contain.
Known as ‘negative-calorie’ food, tucking into these foods is the perfect way to give in to cravings without being assailed by feelings of guilt.
From celery and cucumber to papaya and asparagus, these are the foods you can eat as much as you like – although embarking on a negative-calorie diet is not something that’s recommended by health experts and nutritionists.
Made mostly of water, a cucumber is also a great source of vitamin C and is known to be able to reduce high levels of inflammation in the body.
‘Cucumber contains ascorbic acid and caffeic acid help prevent water retention,’ Daisy Connor, nutritionist at NutriCentre, said.