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How I Count Empty Calories

September 01, 2014, 12:00 PM
How I Count Empty Calories
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Fats are concentrated sources of calories. Eating even small amounts of foods high in solid fats can send you over your empty calorie limit. Some foods and beverages with added sugars, like sodas, are often served in large portions. These large portions can also send you over your empty calorie limit.

baked goods You can lower your intake of empty calories by eating and drinking foods with empty calories less often. You can also cut down on empty calories by choosing a smaller amount to eat or drink. Or, you can choose foods and beverages with fewer solid fats and added sugars.

The chart provides a quick guide to the number of empty calories in some common foods.

Click here to see a simple chart.

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