10 healthy foods that are low in calories and high in antioxidants

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Need to get your diet back on track? Check out our pick of the best low-calorie foods packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals and vitamins...

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These low calorie foods contain vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals - special antioxidants that protect against coronary heart disease and cancer.

Take a look at the foods you should be eating on a regular basis below...

Vitamin C-rich citrus fruits are low in calories

Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit are all excellent sources of antioxidants and vitamin C. They also contain pectin - a soluble fibre that helps to lower high cholesterol and phytochemicals that protect against cancer.

Stock up on leafy green broccoli

A good portion of broccoli with your evening meal will easily boost your protein, calcium and magnesium levels. It also contains indole-3-carbinol, a substance needed to metabolise hormones in the body more efficiently and keep your whole system on an even kilter.

Cherries can protect against cancer

Cherries contain a phytochemical called ellagic acid that protects against cancer by blocking an enzyme needed for growth of cancer cell. They're also a good source of vitamin C and potassium.

Jerusalem artichokes can stabilise blood sugar levels

Jerusalem artichokes contain iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and the enzyme, inulase, that helps to regulate blood glucose levels. They're a rich source of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) that support the friendly digestive bacteria in your gut - perfect for anyone who struggles with bloating or IBS.

Carrots provide the body with essential antioxidants

Carrots are an exceptionally rich source of carotenoids that can be converted to vitamin A in the body. This supports eye health, which is where the old saying that eating carrots helps you see in the dark comes from.

Grapes can improve your heart health

Red and black grapes contain powerful, antioxidant pigments that contribute to red wine's heart healthy reputation. They also provide potassium and trace minerals such as boron, magnesium and copper.

Spicy chilli peppers produce endorphins to relieve pain

Eating chillies stimulates the production of endorphins in the brain that make us feel buzzed. Plus, they're packed with antioxidants, including capsaicin, that protect against coronary heart disease, cancer and premature ageing.

Mangoes can give you an energy boost

Mangoes are full of carotenoids, vitamin C and fibre, plus useful amounts of potassium and vitamin E. There's also plenty of natural sugar, meaning you get a rapid energy boost.

Live yogurt can support your digestive health

Live bio yogurt contains cultures of digestive bacteria that line the gut to keep the intestines healthy. These bacteria, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium linked with peptic ulcers and stomach cancer. Research also suggests it can boost immune function and reduce food allergies too.

Green tea is a brilliant source of antioxidants

Tea drinkers are thought to have a reduced risk of some cancers, especially those in the stomach and bladder. Tea is also a rich source of the trace element, manganese, and is one of the few natural sources of fluoride that protects against tooth decay.

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