Your favorite candy bar is filled with them! A calorie (unit of heat) that has no nutritional value...Vitamins, Minerals, etc. Typically things that are high in sugar or fat without having actual nutrition built in!
Currently, many of the foods and beverages Americans eat and drink contain empty calories – calories from solid fats and/or added sugars. Solid fats and added sugars add calories to the food but few or no nutrients. For this reason, the calories from solid fats and added sugars in a food are often called empty calories. Learning more about solid fats and added sugars can help you make better food and drink choices.
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Empty Calories are basically those originating or obtained from foods that have low levels of nutritional value by way of vitamins, minerals, protein, "healthy fats," etc... They are mostly obtained from foods plentiful in simple sugars and/or fat (e.g. butter). Think of these foods as being mostly from the "extra foods" section in the food pyramid, or those that typify the SAD diet.
Empty calories are calories in foods that provide mostly just that - calories - and little to no nutritive qualities. These are mostly in the form of added sugars in sodas, candy, pastries, etc. Excess fat may be considered empty calories, although we do need some dietary fat to survive, both unsaturated and saturated. We need no trans fats, so all trans fats should be considered empty calories. Neither do we need table sugar to survive.