Wednesday Trivia: Candy is Dandy?

May 28, 2013 | By | Comments (4)


A new study published in a recent issue of Nutrition Journal reveals some happy news for those of us who can’t go more than 24 for hours without snacking on a piece of candy. (Confession: I may have just made a trip to the vending machine myself.) What is this good news, you ask? Well, it turns out that adults who eat candy at least every other day are no less likely to be overweight or develop cardiovascular disease than moderate candy consumers who indulge once a week, or really disciplined candy eats who enjoy it less than three times per month. (By the way, apparently 4 percent of American adults never eat candy. How do they do it? And why?)

It seems that candy is somewhat harmless because we eat it in fairly small quanities. According to Medical News Today, candy only accounts for 2 percent of an average adult’s caloric intake (that’s about 44 calories). So go ahead: Dig out the spoils you stole from Junior’s Easter basket, and treat yourself to a taste. Or cook up a candy-inspired recipe, like Skittles meringues or peppermint patty brownies.


  1. Josie

    I love me some candies!

    June 4, 2013 at 10:24 am
  2. madgevt

    this includes chocolate…right

    June 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm
  3. Weight Watchers Evolution

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend
    who had been conducting a little research on this.
    And he actually bought me dinner due to the fact that I discovered
    it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!
    ! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this matter
    here on your web page.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm
  4. Candy Clouston

    I won’t dispute the data in the poorly written first paragraph (“adults who eat candy at least every other day are no less likely”), but the idea that people would consume 44 calories of candy is hard to swallow. While some people might toss back a couple of Tic-Tacs or just have less than a roll of Lifesavers, even a single piece of chocolate can easily be 70 calories. I’m guessing this is the mean, and includes the 0 calorie 4% of the population and those people who consume 0 calories in candy on those days that aren’t “at least every other day,” but I still wonder. And the observation about weight and cardio-vascular effects becomes less salient when you figure people may be eating cookies, cake, brownies, pie, ice cream, and the like instead. I wonder what percentage of the average person’s calories come from foods other than fruits, veggies, whole grains, low/non-fat dairy, fish, meat, and healthy fats.

    November 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

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