View Full Version : Empty Calorie?

09-14-2003, 06:05 PM
what is an empty calorie? We have never talked about it in physio class, and im wondering how it gets metabolized. I mean, isn't a calorie a measure of energy?

If i am keeping a journal of all my calories, how would i count the empty ones? I guess im just totally confused!! any info to make this more clear would be nice!

09-14-2003, 06:17 PM
An empty calorie(s) is just a term used to describe a calorie(s) that have no nutritional value, and basically things such as sodas, sweets, etc. You would still count the calories toward your daily calorie intake.

Empty calories are still calories and would be metabolized like any other calorie in the body.

09-14-2003, 08:31 PM
thanks!! I think.. Still confused on the metabolic difference between that and a clean calorie?

09-14-2003, 09:09 PM
nothing is clean and nothing is empty or dirty when you are thinking in calorie terms only. A calorie is a calorie is a calorie, but what comes along for the ride determines if that is a "good" calorie or not. (ie vitamins, minerals, source such as low GI whole foods)

09-14-2003, 10:00 PM
so basically a calorie is a calorie...

09-14-2003, 10:22 PM
For most purposes yes.