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Are Pickles Good For Weight Loss Or Fattening?

Are Pickles Good For Weight Loss Or Fattening

This article has been Fact-Checked by Kendall Kennedy MS, RD, RYT

Choosing what foods to eat when trying to lose weight can be a complicated task. What about pickles, are they good for weight loss?

You can eat pickles in many ways ranging from just one their own as a snack or sidedish to as an ingredient of something else like a sandwich.

Pickles are not a magical weight loss food but they can help you feel fuller without adding many calories to your diet. This in turn may benefit weight loss by helping you eat less of calorie-rich foods.

You do have to keep in mind that pickles are high in sodium. If your current diet is already high in salt you might want to stay away from pickles.

How are pickles made?

Pickles are cucumbers that have been pickled in a brine vinegar or other solution. They are left to ferment for a period of time. Technically this makes pickles still a fruit.

The preparing process makes pickles taste more sour than regular cucumbers. It also causes the amount of salt in pickles. Some people even drink the pickle juice to take in more salt.

Micronutrients in pickles

The first thing to look at is the amount of micronutrients in pickles.

Micronutrients are a group of nutrients your body absolutely needs to survive and thrive. Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals. These are involved in basically every aspect of your health, including weight loss.

100 grams of sour pickles provides you with approximately (1):

  • Vitamin K: 59% of the DV (Daily Value)
  • Sodium: 50% of the DV

And a few other vitamins and minerals in less significant amounts. The amount of vitamin K in pickles is great. The amount of salt may be too much depending on your current diet. Consuming too much salt can be disadvantageous for your health.

For most vitamins and minerals, pickles are not the greatest source.

If the pickles are not made in vinegar they can also contain probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms present in some foods. The right probiotics may be beneficial for your health (2).

Micronutrients in pickles

Fiber in pickles for weight loss

Another very important factor for weight loss is the amount of fiber in your food.

Pickles contain around 1.2 grams of fiber per 100 grams.

That’s a medium to low amount of fiber per 100 grams compared to many whole foods.

Fiber has multiple benefits for weight loss. First of all, it feeds your microbiome, the microbes that live in your intestines. The health of your microbiome influences your body’s health and weight. Feeding it well is usually not a bad idea.

Fiber also helps you feel less hungry without adding a lot of calories to your diet. Hunger and cravings can be a big pitfall for people trying to lose weight, so avoiding this is a big plus.

With the amount of fiber in pickles you can reduce the time you spend craving for food a certain amount.

Do pickles help you lose weight?

You still need a final piece of the puzzle. The amount of calories in pickles.

Sour pickles contain 11 calories per 100 grams. 8.5 of these calories come from the carbohydrates (2.3 g per 100 grams of which 1.2 g fiber).

You can even fit in pickles in low carb diets like the keto diet.

The amount of calories in pickles is extremely low. You won’t be able to find many, if any, foods that are lower in calories.

This makes it so pickles can help you feel fuller without adding too many calories to your diet. This can help you consume less of calorie-rich foods. In turn, this will most likely help you lose weight.

The probiotics in pickles may also help with weight loss but for now, there is no clear relation between probiotics and weight loss.

You do have to keep in mind that pickles are high in sodium. If your current diet is already high in salt you might want to stay away from pickles.

Is it bad to eat pickles every day?

Nutrition is always a bit of a puzzle in terms of what the perfect diet looks like. It’s a pretty individual thing.

The main worry with pickles is that they contain a lot of salt. If you already eat a lot of salt, eating pickles every day may be harmful for your health. If not eating pickles every day is most likely alright.

Do pickles help you burn belly fat?

Targetting fat loss in a specific area like your belly is generally not possible. Not by eating more of a specific food or by doing a specific exercise. To lose belly fat you have to lose weight overall.

Since pickles can help you lose weight in general this fruit can also help you lose belly fat once your body wants to lose fat in your abdominal area.