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Empty Calories, a better way to keep track of what you eat

We consume various types of foods. Some dense in nutrition, balanced and is helpful to achieve a certain type of a body goal. While some calories add great nutritional value to the caloric intake there are certain calories that have no nutritional value attached to them. These supply food energy but little or no other nutrition in the way of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, or essential fatty acids. Such calories are known as empty calories. Consumption of empty calories makes no sense in functional eating as they simply spike the insulin hormone leading to fat build up in the body while regular consumption of such calories may lead to health issues like type II diabetes.

Cake, cookies, sweets, candy, soft drinks, fruit-flavored sweet beverages and other foods containing mostly added sugars (including High-fructose corn syrup) are examples of sugar-based empty caloric foods while margarine and hydrogenated vegetable oils are examples of fat based empty caloric foods. Hydrogenated oils also have an impact on the increase in free radical attack upon excess consumption.

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