Archive: Jan 2013

  1. What is an Empty Calorie?

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    A calorie is a unit of heat energy. We often think of calories as something found
    in our food, but it’s a basic unit of energy needed by your body to perform daily
    functions. That energy comes in the form of heat.

    Scientifically, all calories are created equal. But your body may tell a different story.
    The food source behind the calories that you eat provide energy, but some foods
    have a tremendous nutritional profile, while others lack quality nutrients altogether.

    That’s where the term ‘empty calorie’ comes from. Foods that lack quality nutrients
    like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and dietary fiber are considered
    to provide discretionary or empty calories.


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