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Study Finds That Candy Is Dandy For Your Health

April 1, 2011: 10:44 AM EST
A study by U.S. researchers who analyzed the impact of candy, chocolate and sugar  consumption on weight and other health measures found no link between candy intake and increased weight or body mass index. The data, drawn from a five-year national health survey among 15,000 adults, showed that candy did contribute modestly to caloric intake on days when it was consumed, but that consumers balanced longer-term caloric intake. The study also found that candy consumers were: 14 percent less likely to have higher diastolic blood pressure and lower C-reactive protein, a biomarker of inflammation and cardiovascular disease; had better values of "good" cholesterol; and were 15 percent less likely to have metabolic syndrome, a precursor of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Carol E. O'Neil, et al. , "Candy consumption was not associated with body weight measures, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, or metabolic syndrome in US adults: NHANES 1999-2004", Nutrition Research, April 01, 2011, © Elsevier Inc.
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