empty calories


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empty calories

Calories from food that lacks actual nutritional value (often junk food). No wonder you're hungry again—you only ate empty calories earlier.
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empty calories

Food that has little or no nutritional value. For example, Snacking on beer and potato chips makes for a lot of empty calories. [1960s]
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empty calories

Food that has little or no nutritional value but adds to one’s caloric intake. This expression was born in the diet-conscious era of the late twentieth century and applied to, for example, liquor, soft drinks, snack foods, and desserts, as in, “She loads up on empty calories like potato chips.” It is on its way to clichédom.
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Some are good sources of nutrients and fiber, while others are primarily sources of empty calories.
There are many gummy, sugary fruit flavoured candies available in the market that may interest your child's palate but are considered really bad for toddlers as these include large amount of sugar which only gives empty calories. It also sticks in their mouth making it hard to swallow.
Alcohol contains empty calories and sugary foods do too, so keep these to a minimum as much as you possibly can.
Sugar is what we call empty calories and it contains calories without any nutrients, and it can have a significant impact on health."