Boston Magazine

Foods with what are called “empty calories” are foods that are void of nutrition. These items do not provide your body with the nutrients it needs, like vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Avoid the following five foods, as they are essentially devoid of the things that fuel and protect your body.

Doughnuts: All The Bad, None Of The Good

Breakfast is meant to be a highly nutritious meal to give your body the fuel it needs for the day. The fact that doughnuts can be considered a breakfast food is startling. Doughnuts contain boatloads of calories, often up to 500 each one, with pretty much no nutrition at all.

Soda: Bad For Your Teeth and Everything Else

Soda is the quintessential empty-calorie food. Almost all soda contains absolutely nothing nutritious. It makes you fat, increases your chances of developing diabetes, and can actually lead to dehydration, despite seeming to be refreshing. Soda is not only bad for your body, it’s bad for the environment too.

Low-Fat Peanut Butter: Destroys All Nutrients

The fats in peanut butter are what make it filling and healthy for your heart. When peanut butter’s fats are removed, its nutritiousness disappears as well. What is added in the place of peanut butter’s natural fat is often more sugar, which will leave you much worse off.

American Cheese: Processed and Artificial

High in calories as well as sodium, this processed cheese is not worth eating, regardless of it being so easy to melt. American cheese barely resembles real cheese, as it is full of strange, artificial ingredients. Real cheese may be high in calories, but at least it has actual nutrients.

Thick Crust Pizza: Cancels Out Any Nutrients

Any nutrients you get from your pizza’s toppings can essentially be considered cancelled out with a thick-crust pizza. That thick crust is made of refined white flour, which is high in calories and low in nutrients. Save yourself the empty calories by eating a thin-crust pizza instead.