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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How to use empty calories in a sentence
Sip on This You may have heard that alcohol is packed with empty calories, which is true.
This was appropriate because just like her jumbo soda, her twenty minute speech was filled with empty calories.
It is, in other words, a nutritious meal at a moment when so much science writing has made us sick with empty calories.In Defense of Nurture: Jesse Prinz’s ‘Beyond Human Nature’ | Robert Herritt | November 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST