May 21, 2013 0
Hey, why fight it? Have some candy. It’s all good. You won’t get fat and you won’t get sick. Really. There’s a study that says so.
Here’s the word from a news release about the data:
According to a recent data analysis published in the April 30th issue of Nutrition Journal, adults who consume candy at least every other day are no more likely to be overweight nor have greater risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) than moderate consumers (about once a week) or even less frequent candy eaters (less than 3 times per month). … This study found that frequency of candy consumption was not associated with the risk of obesity.
You could probably guess, but the release is from the National Confectioners Association, which also “supported” the research.
To be fair, the association isn’t arguing that you can just load up on Hershey bars, Tootsie Rolls and Gummi Bears with no consequences (though this is where I think of Matthew McConaughey saying, “It’d be a lot cooler if they did”). The NCA suggests “moderation.”
“There is a place for little pleasures, such as candy, in life. A little treat in moderation can have a positive impact on mood and satisfaction, and as emerging research suggests, minimal impact on diet and health risk,” said Laura Shumow, director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the National Confectioners Association.