Candy consumption not linked to obesity?
Eating too much candy is associated with cavities – but is it directly related to obesity or other health problems? According to a new report published in Nutrition Journal, the frequency with which a person eats candy has no association to weight or heart disease. The study found that adults who consume candy at least every other day are no more likely to be overweight than those who eat candy once a week or less.
Where 96 percent of adults admit to eating candy, there are wide ranges of the frequency in which people consume sweets. In this study, 5,000 U.S. adults were evaluated for BMI, waist circumference and skinfold thickness—all objective measurements of obesity. Participants additionally answered questions about food consumption, including how much and how often they ate candy. The results found no association between the frequency of candy intake and BMI or cardiovascular risk factors among adults.
But there are three caveats. Though candy may not be a leading cause of obesity in its own right, eating too much sugar certainly isn’t good for your health. Second, this study was done on adults, so it doesn’t relate directly to the consumption of candy by kids. And finally, although this research did use accurate data and met the standards of scientific publication, it was funded by the National Confectioners Association.