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What is an empty calorie?

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Foods that have low or no nutritional value but have high amounts of calories. White rice, white pasta, white bread, some cereals, sugar and sodas are examples.

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Added sugars such as table sugar are empty calories, yes. However, while whole grains are preferable to refined grains, it is not helpful to categorize white rice, pasta, and bread as empty calories. Why? Because regardless of the vitamin and mineral content, rice, pasta, and bread are primarily starches, not added sugars, and the body requires a significant amount of starch to thrive. For example, a serving of white pasta contains 41 grams of carbs. 2 grams are fiber, only 2 grams are added sugar, and the remaining is 37 grams of valuable starch. Diabetics in particular may need to avoid refined grains, but in general, they are not the nutritional demons they are made out to be. This is something of a scam on the part of food manufacturers that want you to pay more for the whole grains (which, since they are less refined, should actually be cheaper).
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Empty calories refer to a type of nutrition that is rich in calories, but lacks other types of nutrients. They mostly constitute calories from solid fats or added sugars. Examples of this kind of nutrition include pastries, energy drinks, cheese and ice cream. Find out more from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/weight-management-calories/calories/empty-calories.html.

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Cheese has no business being on the list of foods with empty calories. Cheese is a healthful source of saturated fat and calcium without added sugar. Saturated fat and the accompanying cholesterol from the right sources is required for hormone production, healthy brain function, and much more.
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A calorie with no nutritional value.

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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!

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no nutrition value, not even 0.0000000000000000001

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i think its a junk food that just goes ta fat

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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.

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Empty Calories are the calories from solid fats and added sugars in foods and beverages.

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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.

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