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What do YOU consider "empty calories"?

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What do YOU consider "empty calories"?

c oliver | | Jul 23, 2009 03:38 PM

There was a recent thread where the OP was trying to break his cola habit. Someone made the comment that they're "empty calories" which I have no argument with. But it got me to thinking that there are many beloved foods that someone could classify as "EC." If we can start from the premise that most of us probably don't need any more fat, calories, carbs, etc. in our diets (there are exceptions, of course. Our daughter and her husband are VERY serious athletes and when they're climbing mountains they really do need more calories and fat) then I think plenty of foods would qualify for empty/unnecessary/excessive foods. Since I don't like desserts, almost all of those are easy for me to categorize that way. But what about mashed potatoes? I know; I know. Everything in moderation. But if we're honest some people's empty is another's totally necessary --- and shouldn't be given up completely except for medical reasons. Any thoughts on this?
PS: I sure am happy I don't like desserts. That would be a tough one :)

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