Am I the only one who is tired of hearing about how we are getting fat eating things with no nutritional value? If it had no nutritional value, it couldn't make us fat. Water is important. We need it. It has NO nutritional value. It has no carbs, no calories, no sugars, no fats. As far as I can figure out water is the only thing we consume that has no nutritional value. OK, depending on where you are, maybe some trace minerals.
A breaded gob of macaroni and cheese, or a deep fried twinkie may not be what the doctor ordered, but it is chock full of nutritional value. It is loaded with carbs, calories, sugars, and fats. If I were one of those starving children my parents were always talking about, one of those could even be construed as good for me, assuming I had some fruits and or vegetables to go with it.
Empty calories indeed. Unneeded calories probably, unhealthy calories very likely. But nothing empty about them.