Commonly referred to as "empty calories," sugary foods are lacking important nutrients. Grains, fruits vegetables and vitamins are a source of carbohydrates, but these foods also provide vital nutrients that our bodies need to function optimally and to fight off disease. For example, the naturally occurring sugars found in fruits come packaged with nutrients. So when a food provides the calories we need for energy as well as a rich supply of vitamins and minerals, this is what we refer to as nutrient density.
Can we afford some "Extra Calories"?
By selecting the lowest fat and no-sugar added foods, you may have "extra" calories that you can use however you like. Everyone has some extra calories, ranging from 50 to 150 calories per day depending on individual caloric needs.