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there’s no such thing as empty calories

Friday, August 09, 2019

Please note, this is a venting sesh. Yesterday, a coworker saw me grabbing a bag of potato chips and told me, “you shouldn’t eat those, they are empty calories”. I looked at her, and she continued, “sorry, I’ll stop being a mom”. A calorie is a unit of energy. A calorie is the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. Calories in food provide energy in the form of heat so that our bodies can function. Our bodies store and "burn" calories as fuel. Based on that definition, it’s clear that: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN EMPTY CALORIE. Any and all calories are meant to fuel your body so that you can function. Doesn’t matter if it’s a bag of chips or an apple. Wanna know why a lot of people crave carbs? Your body is wanting fuel and carbs are the easiest and fasting form of fuel (checkout the food psych podcast for more info on that). So stop believing (or worse, telling people!) that certain foods have empty calories. EDIT: again, NO SUCH THING AS AN EMPTY CALORIE. Last time I checked, potato chips still have carbs and fat and protein, all of which your body needs. And even if it didn’t, peace out with your unsolicited opinion and let me eat what I choose for me. Just because you’re a person who eats, doesn’t qualify you as a person to give advice on eating.
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