What are empty calories?

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What are empty calories?

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Empty calories are calories we get from solid fats or added sugars in food and drinks
These fats and sugars add few or no nutrients and are only added to foods to make them more appealing.

According to the USDA, some foods and drinks that contain the most empty calories include:

bacon
cakes
cheese
cookies
donuts
energy drinks
fruit drinks
hot dogs
ice cream
pastries
pizza
ribs
sausages
soda
sports drinks

While small amounts of empty calories are OK, eating too many can cause weight gain and is unhealthy.

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An empty calorie does actually supply energy, but is not nutritionally balanced which is why it’s better to keep these at a minimum if you’re trying to maintain or lose weight

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The term empty calories applies to foods and beverages composed primarily or solely of sugar, fats or oils, or alcohol-containing beverages. An example is carbonated soft drinks.

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