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 Their positivity is seen as disingenuous and dehumanizing, and cheery songs as empty calories. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "TWICE Just Want To Make You Happy," 22 May 2020 Their positivity is seen as disingenuous and dehumanizing, and cheery songs as empty calories. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "TWICE Just Want To Make You Happy," 22 May 2020 If non-racist were a beer, each sip would have all the flavor of white privilege with a lot of empty calories and a bitter, shameful aftertaste. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Drew Brees, Dabo Swinney and the end days of the non-racist," 5 June 2020 Their positivity is seen as disingenuous and dehumanizing, and cheery songs as empty calories. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "TWICE Just Want To Make You Happy," 22 May 2020 Their positivity is seen as disingenuous and dehumanizing, and cheery songs as empty calories. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "TWICE Just Want To Make You Happy," 21 May 2020 Traditional fruit juice, once thought of as healthy, has been recast as a source of empty calories and sugar. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Orange juice sales are soaring during the pandemic," 8 Apr. 2020 Lifestyle 20 easy ways to manage stress eating during quarantine Lifestyle 20 easy ways to manage stress eating during quarantine In this time of stress and solitude, many of us are turning to food — especially sugary, salty empty calories. Susan Hornik, Los Angeles Times, "Amid coronavirus, ‘The Nanny’ returns briefly to offer some relief," 6 Apr. 2020 The empty calories in sugar definitely contribute to weight gain -- and the obesity epidemic -- which in turn leads to all sorts of chronic diseases, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "The top 5 ways to cut sugar from your diet," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of empty calories

1955, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jul 2020

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“Empty calories.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty%20calories. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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