empty calories

plural noun

Definition of empty calories

: calories from food that supply energy but have little or no nutritional value

Examples of empty calories in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise, there were the 17 points and eight rebounds from Bam Adebayo that were built on empty calories when the game was decided, eight points from replacement starter Goran Dragic and unceasing inaccuracy from the Heat’s perimeter players. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 27 May 2021 Instead of empty calories, most of these healthy snack options contain protein, fiber, vitamins, or other beneficial nutrients. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Apr. 2021 But the playoffs, for this team, might be empty calories. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Mar. 2021 And sugar, once considered a mostly benign source of empty calories, is now blamed for diabetes, obesity, heart and liver disease, research says. Mary Jacobs, Dallas News, 23 Feb. 2021 Consecutive victories in the Alamo Bowl, including last week’s 55-23 drubbing of Colorado, were just empty calories after all that offseason buildup leading into Year 3. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, 2 Jan. 2021 But their points were mostly the equivalent of empty calories. oregonlive, 23 Dec. 2020 But all that talent, all that hope, all that buildup turned out to be empty calories. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, 3 Dec. 2020 Sugar itself does not fulfill any nutritional need and has virtually no nutritional value, which is why sugar is often referred to as empty calories. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of empty calories

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Empty calories.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty%20calories. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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