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.