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Empty Calories Offer You Nothing

You hear the term all the time empty calories and you know you should avoid them. I just want to hammer the point home a little more and dig a little deeper into the nutritional hole that is an empty calorie. Empty calories are foods that contain a lot of calories, but they offer very low nutritional value. Generally they lack micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, as well as the all-important fiber. Junk food is another way to say empty calories. At our house we also refer to them as "sugar bombs" and "fried bombs."

Sodas, beer, jellybeans and french fries are some popular examples of empty calories. Leave those high cal, low nutrient foods behind and look for nutritionally dense foods.

Here is a helpful comparison:

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Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 9 years
Yes I binged on empty calories last night and still ate a healthy meal cause I knew that crap would't keep me satisfied. Such a waste!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
beer is not vitamin-free. it's natural and good for your skin, as it has yeast.
lintacious lintacious 9 years
beer may be empty calories but it does have several health benefits: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/08/13/earlyshow/health/main518587.shtml
daisyeater21 daisyeater21 9 years
i am not a nugget fan
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i agree - happiness is pretty swell.
bonbonfay bonbonfay 9 years
I needed this little reminder. I've gotten addicted to 7-11 chocolate frosted donuts (especially the flower shaped ones...bunch of donut holes stuck together). I crave them and I know they are SO bad for me. I haven't had one in about 4 - 5 weeks though, so I'm doing well...i definitely think that junk food is addictive though. An addiction i have to break...where is my self control??? I eat very healthy, then binge on junk food. I've been on a binge for like a month now...it's all emotional. Ok, now that I've gotten this out in a comment, i feel much better. haha
imLissy imLissy 9 years
They're not empty if they make you happy. I sure enjoy cookies more than say, an apple. What's the harm in indulging from time to time. Life's too short.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I try to always eat foods that are nutritionally "dense", meaning that they have a lot of nutrients for the amount of calories they have. I eat nuts, which are high in calories, but also offer a lot of nutrients like vitamin E, fiber, and protein. But....I do treat myself to some empty calories every so often too. You can't eat perfectly ALL the time or you'd miss out on some of life's great pleasures. Like jelly beans and beer. Just make sure to eat nutritionally dense foods about 80-90% of the time and fun foods the other 10-20%.
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