Everyone thinks that junk food makes you gain weight, and having sweets on a diet is the reason for failure. But here’s some shocking news: people who love to eat candies and chocolates are said to have smaller waists, weigh less and have lower body mass index than those who don’t eat sweets. Candy and chocolate consumers also have a 14 percent lower risk of high blood pressure, and 15 percent lower risk of having metabolic syndrome.
Don’t take this to mean that eating sweets on a diet helps you lose weight. Rather, it may mean that candy consumers exercise more to make up for the additional calories.
According to the study, candy and chocolate are not associated with obesity or disease as long as consumed in moderation. Nutritionists confirm that eating a small amount of candy daily has little to no effect on the health.
Candy consumers have a slightly higher calorie intake than non-consumers. But it is important to take note that candy is not the cause of weight gain – excess calories are.
How much junk food should I eat?
Studies suggest eating no more than 10 percent of your daily calories in junk food. This includes fast foods, soda, chips, baked goods, candy and so on. Sweets on a diet should be minimal.
Conclusion: Eating an ounce of candy each day will not make you fat, so long as you exercise. The healthiest candy is any candy consumed in moderation.