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empty calorie

a calorie whose source has little or no nutritional value:
Junk food has only empty calories.
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An Americanism dating back to 1965-70 Unabridged
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calories obtained from food having no nutrients's 21st Century Lexicon
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empty calories

Food that has little or no nutritional value. For example, Snacking on beer and potato chips makes for a lot of empty calories. [ 1960s ]
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