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Empty Calories

Empty calorie describes a calorie with little or no marked nutritional value, typically from processed carbohydrates and/or fats. An "empty calorie" has the same energy content of any other calorie but lacks accompanying nutrients such as vitamins, minerals or amino acids.

Common sources of empty calories include sugar, white flour, other refined grains, trans fat, alcohol, and some chemical additives such as MSG.

Example of foods containing mostly empty calories:

* Candy, Soft drinks, and other sweetened foods
* White bread and other products of white flour
* White rice
* Margarine or shortening
* Beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages
* Butter, lard, and other highly-saturated fats.


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