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What are free foods?

Sarah Krieger
Sarah Krieger on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition & Dietetics
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A free food is any food or drink that contains less than 20 calories or less than 5 grams of total carbohydrate per serving. However, if a food with 10 calories per serving is consumed in large quantities, then it is not considered free or low calorie anymore! Here is a brief list of foods considered free:
  • 1 tablespoon fat free cream cheese, fat free mayo, fat free sour cream and fat free salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon reduced fat mayo or reduced fat margarine
  • 1/4 cup salsa and many leafy green vegetables
  • Most vegetables over a 1/2 cup serving contain more than 25 calories and are not considered "calorie free", but should still make up the bulk of meals and snacks!
Portions are important for all foods.

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