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 Hatred isn’t a positive emotion — empty calories for the soul. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 Case in point: the recommendation to limit empty calories. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, 28 Feb. 2021 Maybe a Facebook revolution really is like an Easy-Bake Oven—an impressively quick and inexpensive way to generate heat, but one that often churns out brittle, empty calories. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2022 Investors have to hope they aren’t getting served empty calories. Laura Forman, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 So instead of just becoming bloated on empty calories, the Cavaliers want to land some assets before the NBA’s trade deadline on March 25 that will help their long-term future. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2021 The soft nonconference schedule will produce some victories, but those will be empty calories. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Nov. 2021 But, much as social media can feel like empty calories compared to actual friendship, the metaverse may wind up inadequately simulating real life. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 Let all of these food metaphors not conjure cheese; these are not empty calories. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of empty calories

1955, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jul 2022

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“Empty calories.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty%20calories. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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