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Getting to the Heart of a Healthy Diet: Empty-Calorie Foods
How to Minimize Empty-Calorie Food Intake:
- Instead of the sugary cereal you have been eating since you were a kid, make a bowl of oatmeal and top it with some brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
- Snack on a bowl of applesauce; if it's not sweet enough, add raisins.
- Fruits, both fresh and dried, are sweet and may offer you the sweet fix you are looking for at 3 o'clock in the afternoon or after dinner. Try some fruit first, before heading for the candy, to see if that satisfies your sweet tooth.
- Seltzer water (some are flavored)
- Club soda (add a splash of fruit juice for flavor)
American Dietetic Association http://www.eatright.org/
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/
The Nutrition Source Harvard School of Public Health http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca/
Dietiticans of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca/
Diet and lifestyle recommendations revision 2006: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. Circulation. 2006;114:82-96. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/114/1/82.full.pdf. Accessed September 14, 2012.
Dietary recommendations for cardiovascular disease prevention. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/. Updated September 15, 2012. Accessed September 17, 2012.
What are empty calories? MyPlate.gov website. Available at: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/weight-management-calories/calories/empty-calories.html. Accessed September 17, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian P. Randall, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012
- Update Date: 09/17/2012