Washington: A recent study has shown that children and adolescents who eat candies tend to weigh less than their non-consuming counterparts.
Researchers from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center examined the association of candy consumption to intakes of total energy, fat and added sugars in 182 US children aged 2-13 years and adolescents aged 14-18 years.
In addition, it also analysed the diet quality, weight/adiposity parameters and risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in the respondents.
It emerged that while children and adolescent candy consumers did have slightly higher intakes of total energy and added sugars, they were 22 pc and 26 pc, respectively less likely to be overweight or obese than non-candy consumers.
This suggested their ability to successfully navigate the ‘calories in, calories out,’ balance over time.
Furthermore, the researchers did not find any association between candy consumption and cardiovascular risk factors, including no difference in blood pressure or blood lipid levels (a cholesterol indicator).
Another positive aspect of the study showed that there was no difference in diet quality in candy consumers compared with non-consumers.
The weight, BMI and waist circumference were also found to be lower in candy consumers as compared to non-consumers.
“The study illustrates that children and adolescents who consume candy are less likely to be overweight or obese. However, the results of this study should not be construed as a hall-pass to overindulge. Candy should not replace nutrient-dense foods in the diet; it is a special treat and should be enjoyed in moderation,” said lead researcher Carol O``Neil.
The study has been published in the journal Food & Nutrition Research.