What are Empty Calories?
Empty Calories are calories that come from solid fats and/or sugars, which add calories to food, but little nutrients. These solid fats and sugars have been known as Empty Calories.
If you look at bacon, for example, you can see the fat running along the edges of the meat, this is considered to be a solid fat because it remains solid in room temperature. A lot like butter, which is a solid fat.
Added sugars are sugars and syrups added to food when they are being processed and prepared.
These added sugars and solid fats can be found in a lot of our food choices today, which can make the food more appealing, but can add an unhealthy amount of calories.
Here’s a list of the most common foods that provide empty calories:
- Cakes, cookies, pastries, and donuts (contain both solid fat and added sugars)
- Sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks (contain added sugars)
- Cheese (contains solid fats)
- Pizza (contains solid fat)
- Ice Cream (contains both solid fat and added sugars)
- Sausages, hot dogs, bacon, and ribs (contain solid fat)
To help, many of these products can be bought with little to no solid fat or added sugars by buying low-fat, sugar-free, choosing water over milk, and by checking labels it can help by monitoring our intake of these empty calories. Making better choices, like unsweetened applesauce or extra lean ground beef can help as well.
Now don’t get it wrong, having a small amount of empty calories isn’t going to be detrimental to our health, but most people consume far more than is healty. Keep in mind these often forgotton calories so that you can live a lesserevil life and continue on your journey. Wherever that may be.