All foods give us energy (or calories) but are all foods nutritious?
Calories can come from fats, carbohydrates, proteins. But for optimum functioning of the body, our body requires micro nutrients such as vitamins & minerals and anti-oxidants required for good body metabolism, tissue repair and optimum regulation of bodily functions.
‘Empty calories’ are calories from foods that are high in calories but low in nutritional values. It lacks the health promoting nutrients essential for healthy living.
You can use Fitho’s calorie counter to search for any specific food and calculate its calories and see its full nutrition facts.
Empty calories are bad because they only give you calories and usually, a high amount of sugar. Foods that contain empty calories are deep fried food, refined grains, canned drinks, sweetened drinks, candy and more.
To get all the nutrients your body needs and avoid consuming empty calories, substitute nutrient-dense food for empty-calorie food. Fruit and vegetables are perfect nutrient-dense snacks as they are low in calories and packed with dietary fiber and vitamins. You should not use calorie count as the main criterion when buying food. Eat food high in nutrients. Other nutrient-dense food beyond fruits and vegetables are nuts, dairy, beans and some fish.
Author Information — this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo