The Sweet Secret of Candy
This month, SELF Magazine's website has posted six ways that candy can enhance your health. Surprisingly, weight management is one of them. Findings from the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that chocolate and candy consumers had lower Body Mass Index values and smaller waist circumference measurements than nonconsumers. Their risk for elevated diastolic blood pressure was also 14 percent lower and chocolate consumers had greater levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (a.k.a. the "good" cholesterol). Note, however, that these findings do not imply that over consumption of candy is good. Rather, it highlights that when consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet, an occasional treat can promote health. For the full list of health benefits from candy consumption, visit the website of SELF Magazine.
A few guilt-free suggestions given by SELF contributing editors are listed below. For the complete list, visit SELF Mag online.
- 2 Snack Size Almond Joys (160 calories)
- 22 Tasty Brand Organic Fruit Snacks (150 calories)
- 4 Dove Chocolate Promises (168 calories)
Press Release: SELF Magazine Public Relations Department; October 24, 2011
Nutrition Research; February 2011; Abstract: "Candy Consumption was not Associated with Body Weight Measurements..."; Carol E. O'neil et al.,.