empty calorie

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emp′ty cal′orie


n.
a calorie whose food source has little or no nutritional value.
[1965–70, Amer.]
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This sugar without any fiber is treated as empty calories that directly harm the pancreas and liver.
Unfortunately, chocolate bars provide empty calories. Experts say one must limit their empty calories to 120-250 per day for women and 160 to 330 for men.
Because it contains empty calories that may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
ISLAMABAD -- Filled with empty calories and ultra-processed, fast food may increase the risk of obesity and cancer.
LIFESTYLE CHANGE If you are trying to be aware of your calorie intake this Christmas, plan the days you can be 'good' and make a huge effort on pulling back on empty calories when you can.
* FACT: People commonly refer to foods that are high in carbohydrate and or fats such as potatoes, desserts, chips and soda to name a few, as foods that have "empty calories." But how can a food that contains calories also be empty?
3 Skip the empty calories Drink water throughout your meal.
AVOID EMPTY CALORIES Snacks should provide a nutritional benet, not just empty calories, so see them as an opportunity to give your little one a variety of nutrients, textures and tastes.
AVOID EMPTY CALORIES SNACKS should provide a nutritional benefit, not just empty calories, so see them as an opportunity to give your little one a variety of nutrients, textures and tastes.
The foods eaten by the more than 5,000 people analyzed by the CDC tended to be high in empty calories, including solid fats and sugars.
It's hoped the likes of the sugar tax will help people think more before purchasing a fizzy drink packed with empty calories.
Work foods were high in empty calories, sodium, and refined grains, and low in whole grains and fruit, according to the 2010 Health Eating Index.