Healthy Calories vs. Empty Calories

Join Registered Dietitian, Carolyn Bell, for a free nutrition session at Market Basket Select at Phelan and 23rd in Beaumont on Saturday, March 15th at 11:00 AM.

Carolyn will have a drawing for a cookbook and other healthy prizes! Carolyn will demonstrate easy, healthy menu ideas for busy lifestyles, which can help bring your family to the table for mealtimes.

National Nutrition Month is a great time to learn which foods give your body energy and which foods you shouldn’t eat and how much. For example, just one 20 oz. regular soft drink contains 16 teaspoons of sugar and no nutritional value, yet it is 240 calories, which is equivalent to eating one turkey and cheese sandwich. A turkey and cheese sandwich does have good nutrition and helps provide a feeling of fullness that drinking a soft drink may not do. Foods high in sugar and low in nutrition are called “empty calorie” foods. If your diet consists of too many empty calorie foods, you could be low on energy and these types of foods may contribute to developing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

So, next time you feel your body’s fuel tank running low, think about where your calories are coming from. Are you eating empty calories or healthy calories?

Be sure to join Carolyn on March 15th to learn about menu ideas for supporting your body with healthy calories.