empty calorie

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emp′ty cal′orie

a calorie whose food source has little or no nutritional value.
[1965–70, Amer.]
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The results indicated that when parents and children were eating almonds, their HEI increased for total protein foods, seafood and plant proteins and fatty acids, while they ate fewer empty calories.
Sure, while this is generally a high-calorie food, these aren't empty calories that serve no nutritional value.
You are filling your body with empty calories that your body does not need and excess sugar is directly linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Not just because of those empty calories in drinks, but because you're not getting enough sleep.
Highly processed high-carb foods are lacking in fiber and nutrients, and they are usually sources of empty calories.
Limit empty calories by putting a bottle of water in lunchboxes instead of a sugary drink.
She said: "I realised there were lots of empty calories in booze so I gave it up.
She told the Daily Mirror: "I realised there were lots of empty calories in booze so that is why I gave it up.
In addition, consumption of empty calories reduces overall intake of vitamins, minerals, and accessory food factors, many of which play a role in healthy cardiac function.
Just like eating empty calories, most of us have empty time, time spent on actions that do not support our values or move us toward desired outcomes.
High intakes of empty calories, saturated fats, sodium, and added sugars.