a calorie whose source has little or no nutritional value: Junk food has only empty calories.
Origin of empty calorie
An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
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After missing that mark with the empty-calorie fluff of Salem, WGN is nailing it with Manhattan.WGN’s ‘Manhattan’ Is Summer’s Best New Show. But Will Anyone Watch?
July 27, 2014
Latino groups hate it, and it does seem like an empty-calorie kind of bill, I have to say.Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Doomed Immigration Gambit
April 26, 2012