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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Using sugar as a biofuel is surely a way forward, but the world's sweet tooth for sugar, which is an empty calorie foodstuff and of no nutritional value except as a quick source of energy, might drive the price of the commodity way beyond what is a feasible option to petroleum products.
Women with a so-called empty calorie diet--high in sweetened beverages, red meat, and desserts--had significantly elevated intima-media thickness, compared with women who followed other dietary patterns, including diets high in fat.
Aimed at snacking teenagers as an alternative to empty calorie snacks, Hormel REV wraps are made with meat and cheese, containing 15 grams of protein or more.
Researchers analyzed the dietary patterns of more than 700 women during a 12-year period, categorizing their eating habits into one of five groups: Heart Healthy, Light Eating, Wine and Moderate Eating, High Fat, and Empty Calorie.
By skipping meals we also tend to make up for the meals we skip later on in the day by eating empty calorie foods such as crisps and chocolate which have little nutritional value.
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.