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Empty calories – fill You up

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A calorie is a calorie but some calories are “empty” calories.

One calorie is technically defined as the amount of energy required to raise one cubic centimeter of water by one degree Centigrade.

100-calorie bag of chips and a 100-calorie apple are the same, almost.   The chips will give you 100 calories of energy of saturated fat, simple carbs, sodium, little vitamins or minerals.

The apple will get you 100 calories of energy the same as chips, but also no fat, 4 or 5 grams of fiber (a complex carb), no sodium, potassium and vitamins A & C.

Next time you grab a quick snack, choose a nutritionally dense food, such as fruits, vegetables, yogurt vs. greasy, salty, sweet processed snacks.

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