Empty Calories

What are calories?

Calories are units of energy that is often used to measure the amount of energy in food. Calories are vital for the human body as they are the burning of them allows us to do every simple task (breathing, picking up something etc.) as well as to stay healthy in general.

What are empty calories?

Empty calories are found in food items that consist of very little nutritional value. These foods are burnt for energy and any remaining calories are stored in the form of fat. Empty calorie foods are separated into three categories:

SUGAR

This consists of:

  • soft drinks
  • fast food
  • dairy produce

These foods do not add any nutrients into the body and the calories are stored in the form of adipose tissue (fat).

FAT

This consists of:

  • butter
  • cake
  • cookies / muffins / biscuits
  • chips
  • fast food
  • pizza
  • processed meat

Excessive intake of fat brings unnecessary calories into the diet and does not provide the body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and active.

ALCOHOL

Alcohol can actually add many extra calories to one’s intake as they are mixed with syrups, other soft drinks, or drinks like wine that contain a large amount of sugar.

How can you avoid empty calories?

Many people aspire to have the ‘perfect’ model figure, but the temptation of indulging foods like cakes and pizza for example make it very hard for people to sustain a healthy diet. ¬†However, here are some simple life changes you can take to make your life that little bit healthier. After all, every little change counts and can make a big difference in the future.

  • Reduce processed food intake by planning meals to cook at home
  • Ensure the foods you are eating contain a good amount of nutrients such as amino acids, fibre, vitamins, and minerals etc.
  • Drink less alcohol or try not to mix it with high sugar drinks
  • Keep nutritions snacks on hand so you aren’t tempted to have sugary, empty calorie foods instead

Thank you for taking the time to read this weeks blog, if you enjoyed the read feel free to leave a rating and comment below!

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319121.php

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