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Foods that are higher in calories with little (or no) nutritional value are considered empty calorie foods; rarely will such foods satisfy your hunger. In many cases, empty calorie foods contain added sugars. One way to avoid empty calorie foods is to replace ‘sweetened’ products with products made from natural ingredients. For example, instead of sweetened yogurt, try adding fresh fruit to plain yogurt. The Heart&Stroke Health Check™ provides more detailed information on sugars and can help you identify foods with higher nutritional values.

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